Blackwood Forest Walks and MTB
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 SO21 3BG 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 PostcodeSO21 3BG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Blackwood Forest Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Blackwood Forest Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Blackwood Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Blackwood Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Blackwood Forest Pubs/Cafes
There's a good on site cafe or a number of picnic tables if you'd like to bring your own food.
Blackwood Forest Dog Walking
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.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
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.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Hampshire Walks page.