The New Forest Tour returns this weekend (27 June) – aiming to beat last year’s record passenger numbers.
Nearly 42,000 passengers hopped on the open-top’s three scenic routes last summer, enjoying views of the National Park’s unique landscapes, wandering ponies and picturesque villages.
Run by Go South Coast in partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority, the Tour also offers new audio commentary, as well discounts at attractions such as the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Exbury Gardens and New Forest Wildlife Park.
The New Forest Tour is a key part of the Authority’s aim to encourage more people to leave their cars at home, and is supported in part by the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
Last year the Tour saved around 226,000 private car miles. It also provides a boost to local businesses, contributing an estimated £680,000 to the New Forest economy whilst stopping at local villages and attractions.
Mark Holroyd, Transport and Tourism Manager at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The New Forest Tour was a great success last year, and I’m sure it will be another wonderful summer. As well as being a great experience, the Tour also helps protect the National Park’s unique landscapes by reducing congestion and carbon emissions.’
Andrew Wickham, Managing Director of Go South Coast, said: ‘We’re delighted that the New Forest Tour continues to grow from strength to strength. If the weather is as good as last summer, I’m sure it will be another great season.’
The New Forest Tour runs from June 27 to September.