Blackwater: Tall Trees Arboretum Link
Pass through the Arboretum which houses a beautiful collection of trees from many countries
This is an easy walk through woodland that passes Scrag Hill Nursery and ends with a stroll down a short section of the Tall Trees Trail.
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.
- 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: 1.1 miles (1.8 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: The narrowest width along the route is on the grassy section where the path is 0.75m wide. There are two gates into the Arboretum, the narrowest of which is 1.1m wide. There is a bridge which is 1.5m wide with handrails and 1m wide anti-slip covering (grid reference: SU 267 047).
1. Walk start and end point
This walk starts and ends at Blackwater car park. To start the trail cross over the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive and continue up the gravel track.
2. Into the arboretum
Pass under a second oak archway where the trail through the arboretum begins.
3. Onto cycle tracks
After leaving the arboretum turn right at a cross roads, then shortly right again.
4. Right onto Tall Trees Trail
Turn right to join the tall trees trail back to the walk start point.
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