GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Blackwood Forest Walks and MTB

2 miles (4 km)

This forested area is located a few miles south west of Basingstoke and not far from Winchester.
There's a number of good walking and cycling trails to try in the 270-hectare beech woods. It's also the home of Forest Holidays where you can hire a log cabin and stay over in the woods. The site includes a centre where you can hire mountain bikes or enjoy a meal in the cafe. You can start your exercise from the centre where there's parking available at postcode SO213BG for your sat navs. If you are coming by public transport then Micheldever train station is located just to the west of the forest.
Other highlights in the forest include various woodland birds and pretty bluebells in the spring.

Blackwood Forest Postcode

SO213BG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Blackwood Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Blackwood Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

There's a good on site cafe or a number of picnic tables if you'd like to bring your own food.
If you fancy a pub lunch you could head into nearby Micheldever where there's a village green, picturesque thatched cottages and the noteworthy Half Moon & Spread Eagle inn. It's a typical village pub with a patio and a nice garden to sit out in on warmer days. There's a cosy interior with a wood-burning stove and ensuite B&B rooms if you need to stay over. The old drovers’ inn dates back to 1703 and is in a nice position over looking the former cricket pitch. You can find them on Winchester Road with a postcode of SO21 3DG for your sat navs.

The woodland trails are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably bump into other owners on your visit. The on site cafe is also dog friendly with water bowls and dog treats.

Micheldever train station is located just a mile west of the forest so you could potentially come by public transport if you prefer.
To continue your walking around the area you could head east and pick up the Wayfarer's Walk. This waymarked trail explores the countryside around Basingtoke.
You could also try the Basingstoke Canal Walk or head into nearby Winchester and try the Winchester Circular Walk and the Winchester River Walk. For cyclists the Winchester to Basingstoke Cycle Route is a good option.
Just to the south there's more pleasant wooded trails in Micheldever Woods. The woods are particularly popular in the spring when there are carpets of bluebells to see.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Hampshire Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Black Wood - geograph.org.uk - 164890

Black Wood. This is a forest track in a large wood managed by the Forestry Commission

Junction in Black Wood - geograph.org.uk - 1772419

Junction in Black Wood. The wood is open access land and is a maze of tracks. Fortunately if you get lost keep going in the same direction and within one kilometre you will reach the edge of the wood. It is not dense woodland, and comprises mainly natural species such as beech and birch.

Roe Deer in Black Wood - geograph.org.uk - 1772426

Roe Deer in Black Wood. This was one of a pair of Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), as they are usually found; the other is off to the right behind a tree. But unusually, they did not bolt immediately. We stared at each other for quite a while, sufficiently long for me to get out my camera. The wood is an ancient woodland, part of Micheldever Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission to a 30 year plan.

Clearing in Black Wood - geograph.org.uk - 167808

Clearing in Black Wood. This area of the wood has been clear of trees for at least 50 years.

Bridleway near Bradley Farm - geograph.org.uk - 807434

Bridleway near Bradley Farm at the southern end of the woods, near the adjacent Stratton Park and Embley Wood.

Black Wood - geograph.org.uk - 168006

One of the entrance paths to Black Wood at the southern end of the site. Forestry Commission sign also pictured here.

GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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