Its finally summer here in London and I’ve been able to get away a bit to do some camping.
Thanks to Straton we had a big ass van to use for the weekend and so we packed our mtbs in and drove down to the south downs to Gumber Bothy.
The camp site was about 15min up a gravel track which was hard with all my gear on my back.
We set up camp and went for a little ride around the woods then went to the pub and came back for a fire and whiskey.
My camp setup.
Next little trip was out to Brockenhurst here
to a campsite in New Forest called Holland Wood. There’s a few campsite in New Forest, they all look like they are run by the same people and look roughly the same. We rode our bikes to waterloo and jumped on a train for an hour and a half and then rode 10 min to the camp.
We setup and chilled for a bit then rode into Brokenhurst for some food.
<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/4-0VsajkWEg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
Next day we went for a ride around the forest. The paths are well marked and they are strict about you sticking to them. So it was more a gravel grind than mtb but that was ok cause ash was on 35c.
I guess one of the cool things about New Forest is all the wild horses and ponys. Like everywhere! And they dont give a shit, they are so used to humans they just hang out where ever.
Like in this huge field of weird bumps. What are they from?
the forest was kinda cool looking too when you go into it.
and a couple of ok pubs like the Rose and Crown with this beer garden.also had Auckland Ave! but I gotta say that no wood fires (even if it is more eco) definitely put a damper on my trip. That and not being allowed to got off piste in the woods. It all seems a bit PC.
So there you are. Clear winner. Gumber bothy for its sweet fire pit and trail shredability. You can make it a stop off of you are doing the South Downs way which I plan on doing some time in the future.