Autumnal weekends are one of my favourites time to get out with the children, it’s not too hot for them but it’s not too cold either. They love kicking the fallen leaves and having leaf fights! We’re very lucky and have the New Forest within 30 minutes drive of us and I think it has to be one of the most beautiful places in the Autumn to visit. 

We tried a new walk in the New Forest a couple of weeks ago but it was very close to Blackwater Arboretum where we visited last year.

Brock Hill New Forest

Although this time you need to keep an eye out for the car park called Brock Hill before you get to Blackwater Arboretum. 

Starting here head over the road through the gate area and follow the paths straight until you get to a curve to the right. Take this route. It’s a very circular walk and keeps you walking along parallel with the road, but not close enough to it your worry about the dogs and kids. 

With lots of wooded areas for them to run through, 

Also, this time of year seems to be perfect for fungi spotting, the girls loved trying to find new ones for us to capture!

The colours of the ferns turning make everything look golden and warm

The paths are gravel and not really muddy yet either which does make it a clean walk (well for the New Forest anyway!) 

You will get to a large cross paths area and you will want to take the path above to the right and follow around to get you back down to the road area. 

Here you will find a car park, toilets and picnic tables. Perfect for a stop off and recharge, there even was an ice cream van too!

Over the other side of the car park and road, you will see the Tall Trees walk and Blackwater Arboretum. To get back to the car park you will want to take the Tall Trees route. 

I love how they leave the fallen trees on the floor, perfect for the wildlife but also great for the children to climb and explore. 

On the Tall Trees route, you come across the giant Redwood tree. I can’t remember 100% but I think it said it was the tallest redwood in England (I maybe wrong though!) but it was very big and planted in 1853 so has had a lot of growing time!!

I love the signs for the children to learn about the forest and history surrounding these areas too. 

Another tall tree on the route was the Giant Sequoia, with a lovely information sign for them to learn more too. 

The pictures don’t do the trees justice at all, they were massive! 

Keep following these paths along, you can see the road to the side and this will take you all the way back up to the car park. 

It’s a really beautiful route with lots to see, but great for kids too. 

I think this route is good for children, with a little stop off half way too is a bonus! If you’re looking for a shorter route then try Blackwater Arboretum


Brock Hill is situated on Rhinefield Ornamental Drive off the A35 near Lyndhurst New Forest. 



  1. We love autumnal weekend walks in our house, nothing beats being with nature and this looks really lovely.

  2. Oh your pictures are just gorgeous. I’ve never been to that arboretum but would love to. When we lived in Wales we made an annual autumn visit to Westonbirt and we’re heading there this weekend while we’re back in the UK. But Brock Hill and the Blackwater Arboretum sound just as good.

    • Thank you, we’re off to Westonbirt when we visit that area next year, really looking forward to that

  3. I have never been to the New Forest before, it looks like a great place to visit. My daughter would love exploring here and crunching through the leaves. Lovely photos x

    • Oh its a beautiful area of the country, so well worth a visit if your near one day

  4. Your pictures are so gorgeous. We went to Brock Hill for a walk back in February when we stayed in the New Forest. We managed to catch it in the snow and it was so beautiful! It’s such an amazing place for a family stroll. x

  5. Everything about this walk is so beautiful. I am loving those informative signs! they draw you right in. When we next come back this is a place for us to visit

    • Yes you would love this area of the New Forest, I think theres a stream just down the road too…thats my next visit!

  6. I also love a walk in the woods in autumn. The colours are just magical, aren’t they? Brock Hill sounds like the perfect place to go at the mo. Will check how far it is for us. My kiddies would love the Tall Trees Trail!

    • The colours make it look so pretty don’t they, just before it looks bare and empty when the fall

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