GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ober Water

2 miles (3 km)

This nice, easy walk takes you around the pretty Ober Water in the New Forest. The circular walk starts from the Whitefield Moor car park and follows good tracks through the Aldridge Hill woodland and the Ober Valley. It's a really delightful spot with the tranquil stream surrounded by shady woodland glades. It's a great place for a picnic and a paddle on a summer's day!
Ober Water is located just over a mile west of Brockenhurst.
If you'd like to extend your walk then the Blackwater Arboretum Trail is located just over a mile to the north. The village of Burley is also nearby. There's nice trails to try here in the Old and New Inclosures.


SO42 7QD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Ober Water OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ober Water Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Puttles Bridge Walk walk starts from the nearby car park and heads along the water before exploring the Aldridgehill Inclosure and paying a visit to Rhinefield House. This old manor house is now a hotel surrounded by beautiful grounds which include ornamental ponds, gardens and a fountain. You could stop here for some post walk refreshments and enjoy a stroll around the grounds.
South of the stream you'll find Whitefield Moor. The moor is a nice open area of grassland with ponies and horses grazing. There are some waymarked trails to be found here.
For more walking ideas in the area see the New Forest Walks page.


Ober Water on the edge of the Aldridgehill Inclosure, New Forest - - 282073

Ober Water on the edge of the Aldridgehill Inclosure, New Forest

Mating damselflies, Ober Water, New Forest - - 191107

Mating white-legged damselflies. Just upstream of the footbridge across Ober Water, the surface was populated with mating damselflies. Here the female is laying her eggs on vegetation in the stream.

Ober Water - - 1387457

Reflections on Ober Water

Pig and piglets in woodland alongside Ober Water, New Forest - - 277678

Pig and piglets in woodland alongside Ober Water. A strip of riverine woodland follows the course of the stream, and at its edges it can be a bit scrubby - as shown in this photo. These pigs have come into the woodland from the neighbouring heath in search of food and are rooting in the soft soil and eating acorns from the oaks. Each year the pigs (which belong to New Forest commoners) are allowed onto the open Forest for 60 days, known as "pannage" season, to eat acorns which would otherwise poison the ponies.

Footbridge over Ober Water, Ferny Knap, New Forest - - 191092

Footbridge over the stream at Ferny Knap. Looking across the Water, with the trees of the Ferny Knap Inclosure in the distance. The footbridge and causeway leading up to it look like relatively recent constructions. The Forestry Commission maintains the network of bridges and causeways that make possible public access to the heath and bog in the Forest.

Footbridge over Ober Water south of the Clumber Inclosure, New Forest - - 92418

Footbridge over the Water south of the Clumber Inclosure. This area of heathland and bog would be inaccessible to walkers without footbridges like this one, constructed by Forestry Commission engineers. The path carried by this bridge comes down from Holm Hill and then rises towards the Clumber Inclosure, which can be seen in the distance.

GPS Files

GPX File

Ober Water.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Ober Water.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)