R – A-Z of Commoning and the New Forest
Rides are the clear tracks between the trees in the Forest plantations. The main purpose of the rides is to allow access for people working on the Forest, but some of them get used for recreation too. Not so long ago the rides had to be kept clear with scythes. It was a tough job, with miles of track to cut in the heat of the sun, with all the gnats and other biting Forest insects.