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Type:Walking Route


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1.4 Miles

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Blackwater car park is on the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive about 4 miles SW of Lyndhurst.
There are several circular easy-going walking trails from the car park. They are all very
pleasant woodland walks on a good gravel or firm grass/gravel surface. The Tall Trees
Trail is particularly attractive; many of the large conifer trees were planted in 1859.


OBSTACLES. Gates at entrances to Arboretum
Chicanes at road crossing points – (minimum width 1.1metres).

TALL TREES TRAIL - White way markers - Difficulty level 2

This is an excellent easy-going walk with one or two short slopes of 10% and
no cross falls. There are several information boards and a World War II bomb crater. As
this walk is under trees there are inevitably many tree roots on the path, but there is
always a way around or over them.

ARBORETUM WALKS - Difficulty level 2.

The path up to the Arboretum has a long but gentle slope on firm gravel. All
the routes marked on the map are accessible, although the Sensory Trail surface has
several exposed tree roots intruding on to the path. The grass walk through the middle
(orange path) is uneven but is an all-weather surface. It is possible to park at the
entrance to the Arboretum by using a Radar key to open the vehicle gate (see map). You
may find the lock stiff to operate as it is infrequently used.

Note. The western side of the Tall Trees Trail has been partially resurfaced and is now
open again following an outbreak of the plant disease, ‘sudden oak death’ which was
affecting the rhododendron bushes there. A temporary, fully accessible diversion was in
place (grey path on map). This has been left on the map in case it is necessary to re-close
the western part of the Trail again. The walk is then 3.1km. (2 miles).



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