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    Knightwood Oak Walk

    Knightwood Oak Walk

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    A visit to the Knightwood Oak is a short but sweet walk that makes for a great addition to a day in the woods. This monumental tree is known as the “Queen of the Forest,” and for a good reason: it's quite a sight as the largest in New Forest! A straightforward gravel path leads to, from, and around the tree, making this walk suitable for outdoor lovers of all ages and abilities.

    Route Description for Knightwood Oak Walk

    This is a very straightforward walk that needs little in the way of navigation skills. From the car park, follow a footpath which crosses the road. On the other side, it forks - take the path on the left and continue onwards. This curves from left to right as you walk deeper into the woods.

    The path brings you face-to-face with the Knightwood Oak, perhaps the most famous oak tree in the entire New Forest National Park. The tree is over 500 years old, measuring nearly 8 m around - and still growing! The footpath extends to allow a walk all the way around the mighty tree, an information panel explaining its history. When you’re ready to depart, take the other of the two paths, which should lead in a southwest direction. Turn right at the junction and walk back to the road, crossing over to return to the car park.

    Getting to the Knightwood Oak Walk Trailhead

    To reach the Knightwood Oak Walk, head southwest from Lyndhurst along the A35. Roughly 4.0 km from the town, turn right onto Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Drive. About 300 m down the road, you’ll spot a car park on your left.

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