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This circular woodland walk explores the exotic giant redwood trees of Rhinefield Ornamental Drive in the New Forest National Park.
The New Forest is well known for its ancient oak, ash and beech woodlands, but in the mid-1800s a forest worker planted an abundance of sequoia redwoods, conifers, azaleas & rhododendrons in the grounds of Rhinefield to create the famous Ornamental Drive that’s still visible today.
Although not native trees, the giant redwoods have grown to be the tallest trees in the National Park and are a mightily impressive sight for anyone who explores this wonderful woodland walkway.
The walk also visits Blackwater Arboretum, a small clearing where you can relax on wooden benches surrounded by a remarkable selection of trees sourced from all around the world.
The nearby village of Brockenhurst has been named ‘Britain’s most beautiful place to live’ thanks to its stunning surroundings, inviting pubs and the ponies, deer, donkeys and cows that happily roam its streets; so make sure you visit before you head home!
This route was voted 58th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: When it comes to woodland walks, there are few more spectacular routes in Britain.
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