Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Weekdays

Monday
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Tuesday
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Wednesday
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Thursday
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Friday
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Weekends

Saturday
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Sunday
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How to find us

How to find us
Ornamental Drive, Lyndhurst
Sat Nav Postcode: SO43 7QB
By Car

From Lyndhurst take the A35 towards Christchurch.  After 2 miles turn left into the Rhinefield Drive. Blackwater car park is located on the left hand side, approximately half a mile along the Drive.

OS Grid Ref
SU 268 047

50.841015391579, -1.6210560722137

Parking and prices

There isn’t a charge to park at this site, we welcome a donation of £3 per visit.

Please park only in designated car parks, not on a verge or in gateways.

Please lock your car, taking any valuables with you and leave by dusk.

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Not accessible to coaches, nearest coach parking is Whitefield Moor.

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

Try our easy access trails page to find accessible parking near you.

Facilities and access

No BBQs are allowed to help prevent forest fires. The toilets are open, with adapted external locks to allow them to be used on a one-in-one-out basis. 

Please don't leave your litter next to the bin, even if it’s neatly bagged up, as it poses a real threat for the wildlife and ponies that roam freely across the New Forest.

If this car park is full, drive on to the next one at Whitefield Moor, do not park on the verges or block gateways.

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Accessible toilet
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area
Toilets

Contact details

Landline Number
0300 067 4601
Out Of Hours Number
0300 067 4600

Discover a tree collection from around the world in the New Forest

Blackwater arboretum is an idyllic setting with a stunning variety of beautiful trees from around the world. Inspired by the tree collection at this special place, a sensory sculpture trail complements the setting.

Explore Blackwater on two wheels by following the New Forest’s great network of cycle trails.

To help prevent dangerous forest fires, this is a no BBQ and fire zoneBBQs and campfires are not permitted in our car parks or other areas of the forest managed by Forestry England and all BBQ facilities have been removed.

At a glance

  • 2 walking trails
  • Cycling trail
  • No Barbecues or fires zone
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Toilets
  • Caring for the Forest

Nearby forests

Close up of oak leaf

Knightwood Oak is a great place to stop and enjoy a picnic, 'away from it all' and try to imagine what it would have been like over 400 years ago when the famous Knightwood Oak tree began to grow.

The Knightwood Oak is the largest oak in the New Forest, at 7.4m girth, and surely one of the oldest. 

It is still going strong today and is a spectacular example of the ancient art of 'pollarding', the traditional way of harvesting wood without killing the tree. 

Woman running with dog

Enjoy the stunning views of the heathland and trees beyond. This is an ideal spot for all the family with good waymarked walking trail that pass by the nearby Ober Water stream.

Sun shining through the trees in a pine forest

If you are looking for an ideal spot for picnicing, a walk in the woods or amazing views then Wilverley has it all. 

From the car park there's easy access into the adjoining woodland with a waymarked trail. The extensive grassy lawn offers valuable grazing for ponies and beyond the Forest lawn the heathland is home to many important bird species.

A herd of deer in a glade in the forest

Bolderwood provides an ideal setting for visitors to find out more about the famous herd of Fallow deer, which live in and around the area and explore the historical connection to the Crown.

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