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Knightwood Oak Stroll

Knightwood Oak Stroll

Starting from Knightwood Oak car park, this walk visits the largest oak in the forest

The Knightwood Oak is the largest, and most famous oak tree in the New Forest. It is also known as the Queen of the Forest and is over 500 years old with a girth of 7.38 metres – the tree is still growing. It was pollarded when it was about 200 years old and is thought to have been last pollarded about 150 years ago. It is also protected by a traditional cleft oak fence – once all New Forest fences would have been made this way. During this walk you can see an example of ‘inosculation’ which is when the branches of two adjacent trees unite. Forestry England have pollarded some of the young oaks around the Knightwood Oak, and planted out a number of saplings from the Knightwood Oak itself.

  • Start/finish: Knightwood Oak car park, grid ref SU 263 062, SO43 7QB.
  • Ordnance Survey map: Explorer OL 22 New Forest
  • Getting there: No public transport links, parking at Knightwood Oak car park.
  • Distance: 0.4 miles (0.6 km)
  • Duration: Under 1 hour
  • Local facilities: Knightwood Oak car park has room for up to 15 cars with one accessible parking bay.
  • Accessibility: The trail is suitable for all users. The path is a fairly smooth gravelled surface and is flat with frequent resting places.

1. Starting out

Leave the car park behind you and cross the road then follow the waymarker posts to the knightwood oak.

2. The knightwood Oak

The trail goes all the way the oak. Look out for the interpretation panels explaining some of the local history.

3. Heading Back

Retrace your steps back to the car park.

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