Tall Trees and Queen of the Forest — New Forest National Park
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
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February 22, 2019
This leisurely hike enables you to see the tallest trees in the New Forest—and its oldest Oak tree.
Following the flat and well-maintained path, you first head on a loop of Blackwater Arboretum, which houses a beautiful collection of trees from many countries and some interesting wooden sculptures.
From there, you retrace your steps and follow the clearly-marked Tall Trees Trail. This fantastic circuit explores the remarkable Douglas fir and mighty redwoods that were planted in the late 1850s to create the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive.
As you reach the midpoint of the Tall Trees Trail loop, we take short diversion to see the mighty Knightwood Oak. Also known as the ‘Queen of the forest’, this tree is thought to be the oldest in the New Forest at over 500 years-old. With a trunk girth of 24 feet (7.4 meters), it is also the largest oak tree in the national park.
If you do not fancy the diversion, simply follow the Tall Trees Trail back to the car park. Either way, this is an easy-going route that all ages and abilities can enjoy.