Reptile Centre Discovery Trail
Reptile Centre Discovery Trail

Reptile Centre Discovery Trail

New Forest National Park
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Reptile Centre Discovery Trail

Reptile Centre Discovery Trail

Distance: 1.2mi
Elevation: 213ft
Time: 0.5h

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The Reptile Centre Discovery Trail takes you around the New Forest Reptile Centre, informing adventurers on all things nature! If you’re looking for a walk to do with young kids, this short lollipop route is an ideal walk. One bonus is the “what can you see” stop along the route. Get more in-depth information by stopping at the visitor centre before or after your fun, easy-going walk that follows a well-maintained gravel path. Keep in mind that the New Forest Reptile Centre is only open from April 6th to September 1st.

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Getting there

To get to the start of the Reptile Centre Discovery Trail, head to Minstead, near Southampton, and follow the A35. Just after you cross Highland Water, take a right to head to the New Forest Reptile Centre.

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Reptile Centre Discovery Trail Description

The Reptile Centre Discovery Trail is a fun trail that immerses the entire family in nature! Expect to follow along a gravel path that includes fun interactive add-ons, such as a “what can you see” that invites you to look into a telescope and a “look up” part that has you lying on a wooden bench. After you finish the lollipop route, you can check out the visitor centre, where you’ll find information on nature! This is also a multi-use trail, so expect to share the path with bicycles. Dogs can also accompany you but must stay on a lead.

From the trailhead, you’ll follow the path, flanked by trees, toward an intersection that branches left and right. Keep right to start your loop around. The route stays primarily within the trees but briefly opens up near the start of the circuit. When you get back to the same initial intersection, head back the way you came to complete your lollipop route.



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