Money for local cycle projects!

The Government has announced “A nationwide drive to promote cycling in cities and national parks across England”.

This includes money specifically for cycle projects in the New Forest and South Downs national parks. See the announcement page for more detail.

We understand that the approved projects include a cycle path through the Butser cutting. Some of you might have signed the petition organised by Cycle Hayling committee member Robert Sebley. Robert worked closely with Mike Ashton of Portsmouth CTC who worked on the bid. Our congratulations to Mike, Robert and everyone involved in this bid – it’s been a lot of work over several years!

Visiting Hayling Island with your bike

Some of the finest views, picnic spots and beaches on the Island are best enjoyed by bicycle. For instance, most of the Island’s western shore, with its superb views across Langstone Harbour and unrivalled birdwatching, is only accessible by bike on foot or on horseback. And cycling along Hayling’s seafront lets you enjoy the excellent beach facilities without having to pay parking charges.

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I’d like to cycle for pleasure

Hayling Island is in a great position for the leisure cyclist. We have the South Downs national park right on our doorstep.

The best way is to join a group. That way you can:

  • Learn routes that avoid main roads
  • Enjoy exploring the countryside with like-minded people
  • Stretch yourself knowing you have support from the group if you get into trouble
  • Get god advice about clothing and equipment
  • Find out other cycling possibilities in the area and further afield

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