Rhinefield Ornamental Drive - Blackwater Arboretum

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A circular, short, flat walk through the magnificent tall trees by the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive. Here you will see some of the oldest and tallest Douglas fir trees in Britain. The route takes you through the Blackwater Arboretum, where you will find a beautiful collection of trees from around the world. You may extend the walk by half a mile by taking the 'sensory trail', which encourages you to use your senses to discover the many different smells and textures of these trees. The walk is full of interest, with picnic areas and many inviting seats along the way, so that all the family can relax and enjoy the wonderful scenery at their leisure. The walk starts just three miles from Lyndhurst, a popular holiday centre with all the tea shops, pubs and restaurants that you could want. The New Forest Museum and Information Centre can be found in the middle of the town; it is well-signed and worth a visit.

There are no stiles on this walk and my dog managed the gates with ease.

England - South England - Hampshire - New Forest


Birds, Butterflies, Good for Kids, Mostly Flat, Nature Trail, Public Transport, Toilets, Woodland
8/2/2018 - James Brinkworth

What a delightful walk amongst some of the tallest trees in Britain. I did this walk on a sunny day and the light filtering through the trees made for some lovely photos. The smell of the pines was a heady distraction too! Excellent!

2/25/2014 - Angela Argent

A lovely walk followed on 18th Feb 2014. Just a note that the entrances to the Arboretum have obviously been changed there are no written signs but the path is still obvious, also that the way markings for the Tall Trees section of the path are now white not red. Minor details a short but beautiful walk.

10/23/2012 - Jill Larby

Thank you Silvia for this brilliant little walk, although it isn't very long it takes in so many stunning sights. We have done this route once in the autumn with all the magnificent trees in all their golden glory and also on a very frosty winter's morning, well worth doing. Take care when first starting off as finding the right path is tricky.

12/4/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

This walk was updated December 2008.

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