Skip to main content
close x

Key To Map

Choose the categories you would like to display on the map.

Choose the categories to be display on the map

Blackwater: Heartwood Trail

Blackwater: Heartwood Trail

An easy waymarked walk through the Arboretum to experience the woodland and take in the variety of tree species

Blackwater has some of the oldest and most striking firs in all of the New Forest. These impressive trees were planted in the 1850s to create what is now known as Rhinefield Ornamental Drive.

This Forestry England trail can be followed using the sensory information boards on the route. Just follow the boards round the trail to enjoy an easy to follow route for all. There are regular seats with backs to rest on along this route.

Overview
  • Start/finish: Blackwater car park, Grid ref. SU 268 047
  • Ordnance Survey map: Explorer OL 22 New Forest
  • Getting there: No public transport links, parking at Blackwater car park.
  • Distance: 0.7 miles (1.1 km)
  • Duration: Under 1 hour
  • Local facilities: Blackwater car park has space for 50 cars with two spaces reserved for disabled visitors. It has toilets and disabled access toilets, picnic tables, bike racks and an information point.
  • Accessibility: This short circular trail has a fairly smooth gravelled surface with one very gentle slope from the car park to the start of the trail. The remainder of the trail is level with frequent resting places and is accessed via a gate which has a low, soft catch. The narrowest width along the route is 1.1m at the entrance gate to the Arboretum; this is also the only gate along the route.
Directions

1. Walk start and end point

To start the Heartwood Trail go under the oak archway, cross over the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive and continue up the gravel track for a short distance to a second oak archway where the trail begins.

Download our walking app

Our free walking app features points of interest and photographs.

New Forest code

Please be aware of the New Forest Code when walking in the National Park.

New Forest Code

 

Print this page

 


Adam
Vasey
National Park Access Ranger

profile

'Download the New Forest walking app to discover a great new walking route.'

Newsletter Image

Email

Newsletter

6

Free

Six free walking routes when you sign up for New Forest Newsletter


Subscribe to New Forest National Park Authority

By entering your email below you are consenting to us sending you newsletters. To unsubscribe, email communications@newforestnpa.gov.uk. More info: www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/privacy-cookies


I think you mistyped your email
Your interests (tick at least one)










Please select one

By signing up to this form you are consenting to receive emails from us. Each email will contain a link to your personal reference settings where you can opt-out or change which emails you receive from us. Please read our Privacy Policy for more information about how we use data.

Subscribe to New Forest National Park Authority

Thanks, your subscription has been confirmed. You've been added to our list and your New Forest walking pack is on its way to you, including a link to download our free app.