Rhinefield and Vinney Ridge
A walk through Rhinefield and Vinney Ridge provides a slice of the New Forest’s best flora. This circular route starts from a convenient car park and winds through the Vinney Ridge Inclosure, with a stop at the Blackwater Arboretum as the crown jewel of the route. Douglas firs, redwoods, and even towering sequoias delight visitors to this area on each and every visit!
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Route Description for Rhinefield and Vinney Ridge
From the northern end of the car park, cross the road and head through a gate onto a track. Take your first right onto the Tall Tree trail, which meanders north through the forest. Keep your eyes peeled for a pair of massive sequoias which rule this part of the woods. Continue past the picnic area, with Brock Hill on your left, until the path joins a track. Turn left here and loop around as you start to walk back southwards.
Follow this track for roughly 800 m, until you come to an intersecting track with the cycle marker 244. Turn left here to enter the Blackwater Arboretum, passing under a wooden arch. Here, you can explore a wondrous collection of trees from around the world, such as ancient Douglas firs and gigantic redwoods. When you’re ready to move on, head back out to the track that you came in on, and turn left to continue along the initial track southwards.
This track crosses the Black Water, then takes a sharp bend to the left and brings you back out to Rhinefield Road. Turn left here and follow the road back up to the car park to complete the walk.
Getting to the Rhinefield and Vinney Ridge Trailhead
To get to Rhinefield and Vinney Ridge, drive north from Brockenhurst along Rhinefield Road. After crossing the Black Water river, a car park will appear almost immediately on your right. Turn in here to start the walk.
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