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Cyclists in the New Forest are now able to hire a bike with a free GPS navigation device which will guide them along designated routes.

The idea for the ‘bike satnavs’ came about after a series of complaints were made about cyclists who were accidentally taking routes that were out of bounds. In order to help prevent this, the national park has teamed up with Garmin, and created Edge Touring units, which are simple to use as they come already loaded with family-friendly cycle routes.

The satnavs are available for free from a number of bike hire shops, such as Cyclexperience and Trax Bike Hire, which is great news for those staying in family-friendly cottages in the New Forest during a holiday in Hampshire. Cyclists head to the forest in their thousands each year, due to its miles and miles of gravelled tracks, which are popular with families, couples and friends alike.

Team effort provides cyclists in the New Forest with free GPS navigation devices

It is thought that the devices will be a great help to those new to the area, as well as people who have visited before, enabling visitors to discover new routes as well as old favourites. The satnavs will also greatly benefit the environment, as the beauty of the New Forest will remain unspoilt in areas that are intended to be inaccessible to bikes, which can cause damage to nature.

New Forest National Park Authority Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre said: “People need to know where the permitted routes are, and these GPS cycling devices are going to be a great help to cyclists so that they