The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

New Forest Adventure Race


Course Conditions

Information about the course area and trail conditions for the 2019 New Forest Adventure Race

Special Notes

Watch out, slow down and give way to other people and animals including walkers, horse riders, and the animals that roam freely in the New Forest such as ponies, cows, pigs and deer.

Parts of the course are remote and exposed to the elements. The forecast looks settled this week but don't bank on it being fair on Saturday just yet. It's worth keeping an eye on the weather - it can change very quickly and at this time of year it is not uncommon to have three or four seasons all in the same day. Make sure you are fully prepared for whatever the weather on the day!

The storms at the beginning of this month brought down a number of large trees. These in turn have blocked some of the drainage channels resulting in the build up of large / deep pools of mud and water in one or two places. We have adjusted the course and moved a couple of the checkpoints to avoid the worst of these areas. The routes affected have been marked on the course map so you can plan accordingly and seek a different route - unless of course you enjoy pushing your bike through knee deep mud and water!

Under no circumstances are you allowed to cross / walk along / damage any fences. If the route ahead is wet and/or muddy, and you can't get around it without crossing a fence / field boundary, then you have two options: i) proceed carefully through it - only if safe to do so, or ii) turn around and head back the way you came.

Trail Run

Navigational events are not permitted on access land in the New Forest at this time of year due to the new habitat regulation assessments and the protection of ground nesting birds. As a result the Trail Run is largely on public rights of way - public footpaths and bridleways, with a few sections on tarmac (pavements / minor roads) to link them together.

The terrain is flat to undulating with one or two short sharp ascents / descents. Some areas don't drain well, as the land is relatively flat and low lying, so expect to encounter a few boggy patches along the way. However such sections tend to be shortlived with the majority of the off road trails being hard packed ground, stones and gravel.

The footpaths vary from grassy and easy going to muddy and slippery, with everything in between. Trail shoes with a decent tread are recommended if you have them. Expect to get wet feet - if not from the boggy patches then definitely when fording the streams.

Please shut all gates, make sure they are properly fastened behind you and follow signs where present.

Take care crossing wooden stiles and footbridges. Many are slippery, especially when damp and some are unstable / rotten so tread carefully!

Mountain Biking

The mountain biking this year is similar to two years ago and therefore quite different from the pre-2017 New Forest adventure races when the off road cycling was mainly on fast, well graded gravel tracks (designated cyclepaths) in the forest.

This year the off road cycling is all on byways and public bridleways. Some are good gravel tracks that vehicles drive along whilst others are muddy, rutted and cut up.

The bridleways that follow tracks (double black dashed line on the map) tend to have a firm base (sometimes underneath a bit of mud) and therefore provide better going on the whole compared to those bridleways that don't follow tracks which are often soft in places. Not only is soft ground slow going and energy sapping, it is also often uneven and cut up where horses have sunk deep into the ground making progress doubly difficult.

Remember the most direct route is not always the quickest route - in some places it may be faster to go the long way round on roads!

The checkpoints have been positioned to avoid the worst of the bridleways (i.e. those which are unrideable for much of their length) but there are one or two short muddy sections in places where you might need to get off and walk. When passing the worst stretches you must remain on the permitted route at all times - do not cross fences or boundaries. If you can't get past without staying on the trail, and you don't want to get wet / muddy, turn around and find another route or visit a different checkpoint.

Bikes are not allowed on footpaths - not under any circumstance - it's the law in England! Make sure you know the difference between footpaths and bridleways. Look out for waymarkers and fingerposts to keep you on the right track and make sure you follow any other signs.

Take care whilst cycling on roads. Even minor roads can be busy with fast moving vehicles as they are used as short cuts by locals. Always cycle single file (apart from being considerate to others, it's more efficient!) and keep in to the left hand side so that vehicles can pass when it's safe for them to do so.


The kayaking takes place on this lake. Depending on the level of the water, you may need to walk into the water a bit before getting onto your kayak if it is shallow. However please be careful not to walk into the water too far as it does suddenly drop off and get deeper. See photos from a previous race.

There is a small amount of parking near the lake for spectators. Parking is not allowed anywhere on the approach track to the lake. Vehicles should continue to the end of the track (past the kayak transition) and park on the hard standing before you reach the main watersports building on the lake shore. Please ask any spectators accompanying you to keep vehicle movements to a minimum so as not to get in the way of other participants, potentially putting their safety at risk.

Course Recce Photos

See all the photos taken by the course planner while on recent recce's for this adventure race


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