At the start of the year I created a large list of places to explore around us. I have been a bit slack at crossing them off, but we wanted to explore somewhere new last weekend. So I got the list out and picked out somewhere in The New Forest. Having The New Forest on our doorstep means we are only a 20 minute drive away and your on the edge of The New Forest.
So Blackwater Arboretum was our choice! It sounded really interesting, with a sensory trail, and a tall tree trail. Perfect for kids, and it sounded a great place.
Blackwater Arboretum was super easy to find, with a large sign at the entrance and a good sized car park to park in. There is a suggested donation for the car parking. With a toilet block, and on the day we visited an ice cream van.
There are various places you can take a walk from here, with 2 trails to choose from and different starting points. Check out the map when you arrive. Today I am going to write about The Blackwater Arboretum Heartwood Trail.
You can start this from the main Blackwater Arboretum car park, and head through the arched wooden gate up the stoney path.
Here you will find a map on the route to take through Blackwater Arboretum. Here you will find a selection of different types of trees on the route around. Many are trees that I haven’t seen before, or have never even heard of!
With little benches dotted around to sit, look out for the picnic bench as I only saw one! However in the drier weather you could have a nice picnic within the trees. Also there are plenty of benches and BBQs to hire up at the main car park area.
This trail at Blackwater Arboretum is a sensory trail, the trail takes you through a different selection of trees which all feel very different, look different and smell. So it was great to let the kids get involved and let them explore.
There are 6 main tress on the trail to find, however lots of the trees are labelled, these 6 have a large name block by them, so nice and easy for the younger kids to find.
Blackwater Arboretum was so peaceful, it wasn’t a big walk which suited us that day, however we probably spent about 1.5hrs there walking around. The kids played with sticks, made fern hairbands and some lovely games together.
It wasn’t just the trees they were finding, get them to look on the ground and find things too.
Some of the tress were pretty impressive, they were so tall and I’m not sure my kids have even seen tress that tall before!
It was lovely being the start of Autumn as the leaves are all changing colour, the floor covered in golden leaves and with such a mix of trees it looked so pretty. I can imagine whatever time of year it is, Blackwater Arboretum will look stunning and a lovely place to visit.
You can take your dog too, Gus loved his run through the tress!
We will be back, but next time we will take the Tall Trees Trail and go and explore the tress that have been there since 1859!