Morebus and the New Forest National Park Authority are set to celebrate 20 years of the New Forest Tour this summer.

After embarking on its first circuit in 2004, the open-top bus tour has grown from one to three routes, becoming one of the most popular seasonal bus services on the south coast.

This initiative is a pillar of the National Park Authority's strategy to encourage car-free travel, thereby fighting climate change and propelling towards net zero.

To facilitate this, the service stops at local cycle hire centres.

In addition, each bus can take up to four bikes, unlocking access to the tranquil country lanes and extensive waymarked cycle trails.

From the top deck, passengers are privy to the National Park's majestic vistas —from roaming wildlife and sweeping heaths to archaic woods.

Special audio commentaries narrate the tales of the New Forest's people and places, wholly enhancing the experience.

The service also eases access to the New Forest from surrounding towns and cities thanks to efficient links with bus, train and ferry services.

Tour ticket holders even enjoy complimentary travel on certain routes.

Starting on June 29 and concluding on September 15, 2024, tickets for the tour can be purchased in-person, via the Morebus app or at designated locations.

New Forest residents can avail a discount by validating their status on the Morebus app beforehand.

The tour's 20th anniversary season is grateful for the support garnered from a host of sponsors and supporters.

Morebus managing director, Andrew Wickham, said: "Over the past 20 years, more than half a million passengers have enjoyed the all-encompassing views on offer on the New Forest Tour. And, with more than 40,000 people travelling with us last year alone, we’re expecting it to be even more popular in 2024.

"We want as many visitors to the New Forest as possible to travel with us this year because enjoying the National Park in this way helps to reduce congestion.

"Just one of our Tour buses has the potential to take up to 75 cars off our roads - and that can make a huge difference to the quality of air we breathe here."