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The New Forest Tour has had its best season yet, with over 17,600 people choosing to leave their cars at home and explore the New Forest National Park from an open-top bus.
The Tour which finished on 12 September had an increase of 13% on passenger journey numbers in 2009 and carried 100 extra bikes, a staggering increase of 214%.
Visitor attractions en route, including the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu and Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway, have also seen similar increases in visitors dropped off by the New Forest Tour.
Chris Gregory, the New Forest National Park Authority’s Transport and Tourism Officer, said: ‘Despite poor weather in August, this is the Tour’s fifth consecutive year of growth. It’s great that visitors and local people are choosing to experience the National Park in this unique and exciting way.’
‘This year we made it easier for people to join the tour, offering free travel on the 112 bus from Hythe to Beaulieu, and on selected routes from Bournemouth and Southampton.’