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Mountain bikers get say on New Forest

Posted 22 January 2010
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Mountain bikers get say on New Forest
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The New Forest National Park Authority has opened up a public consultation on the future of outdoor recreation management in the park.

Mountain bike riders and others will be able to have their say on how leisure and conservation are managed - which could include the development of mountain biking facilities in the area.

Those keen to don their cycling gear and ride in the park have until February 12th to make their contribution to the discussion.

Director of conservation, recreation and sustainable development at the authority Stephen Trotter said: "The really important thing for the National Park Authority and everyone involved in the management of recreation will be to carefully balance recreational activity with the conservation of this very precious place."

The park's official visitor website lists 14 places where mountain bikes can be hired.

Among these is Forest Leisure Cycling at Burley, which is close to routes such as an old railway line and a woodland trail.

Posted by Brandon Egley