Cycle Touring England Thursday 24th March. Brockenhurst to Brighstone. 36 miles.

New Forest pony taking a drink
New Forest ponies at Hatchet Pond “gateway to the New Forest”

Had a good nights sleep last night, I thought that I was going to be cold so I used my silk liner as well as my sleeping bag and ended up too hot! Decided to stay away for another night but knowing what the weather forecast is for the weekend I wasn’t going to head West as that would have been straight into the wind, so I decided to go back over to the IOW and camp there for the night, with the hope of reaching my campsite before the bad weather set in. I could have gone to Lymington and gone back that way but I decided to have a leisurely ride through the New Forest and get the ferry from Southampton. It was a lovely cycle through the forest with plenty of wild life around, apart from the normal horses, ponies and cattle, I managed to see loads of deer, both stags and does, pigs, squirrels and even a little rat sat at the side of the road! Got to Southampton and once again had to wait around for a ferry! Once I arrived on the island the wind had got up and it was starting to rain, but luckily it didn’t get too bad until I was at Newport then it was pretty grim for the last eight miles with a strong headwind and rain! Made life pretty hard trying to put the tent up also!

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