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Blackwater Arboretum 0.9km trail


Blackwater car park on the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive, which runs on the road between Brockenhurst and the A35, grid reference SU 266 057


The Blackwater Arboretum trail is a 0.9 kilometre circular walk from Blackwater car park around the arboretum which is home to a beautiful collection of trees from all over the world.  The path has a fairly smooth, gravelled surface with one very gentle slope and frequent resting places. Short level paths with seats and picnic tables make this a pleasant destination in any season. At the arboretum you'll also find a sensory trail which encourages you to touch, smell and listen to the sounds of certain trees.

To download a PDF map of the Arboretum trail and for more information: Blackwater information

Tramper hire / mobility services

NB information for New Forest and surrounding area

You can hire scooters at Beaulieu (for use within the grounds only; entrance fee applies)

Mobility scooter hire is also available at these attractions just outside the National Park:

Blackwater Arboretum: the low-down

For details about Blackwater Arboretum contact the Forestry Commission:
T: 023 8028 3141

Accessible parking: Blackwater car park has space for 50 cars with 2 spaces reserved for disabled visitors. Car parking on a level area of short grass is available for RADAR key holders next to the Arboretum entrance gate. There is a locked vehicle barrier which can be opened with a RADAR key.

Accessible WC: Disabled accessible toilets available in the main car park.

Grounds access: The surface of the walk is compacted gravel with some loose stones near the car park; there maybe some protruding stones up to 2cm high. The narrowest point of the walk is 1.1m at the entrance gate to the Arboretum. The maximum gradient of the walk is 38m of 1:10 on the approach to the Arboretum from the car park. There are no steps, stiles or bridges on this walk. There are frequent seats with backs along the way.

Get help planning your accessible visit:

The New Forest National Park's main visitor information centre at Lyndhurst can be contacted on:
T: 023 8028 2269

For details of all National Park visitor centres see: Visiting

For information on accessible stations, toilets and car parks with special facilities see:

More accessible activites: