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Walking Trails

Come and refresh your body, mind and spirit with a walk in the forest. Here at Alice Holt we have walking trails to suit all abilities.

Shipwrights Way

The Shipwrights Way is a long-distance route which links villages and towns in East Hampshire through some beautiful countryside.
The name reflects the journey of oak grown at Alice Holt to dockyards such as Portsmouth for medieval shipbuilding; the route will finish at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of the Mary Rose and HMS Victory.

The route starts from Alice Holt Forest, it passes through Bordon, Liphook, Liss, Petersfield, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Staunton Country Park, Havant, Hayling Island and via ferry into Portsmouth, finishing at the Historic Dockyard - around 50 miles in all, and including seven rail stations.

The route will be open to walkers and cyclists (forming part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network route 22 linking London to Portsmouth.) and, where possible, horse-riders and people with disabilities.

Shipwrights Way sculpture at Alice HoltAlice Holt Forest hosts three of the twenty beautiful sculptures along the route of The Shipwrights Way, each depicting a story or aspect of the area where they stand.

The subjects were suggested by local people and then carved by artist Richard Perry from creamy Portland stone.

Arboretum Tree Trail

Autumn MaplesA new tree trail at the Alice Holt Arboretum is now open.
The arboretum was originally set up in the 1950s to provide a tree species collection from around the world for the purposes of selective breeding and research for forestry.
The arboretum contains 1,400 notable trees of 60 species, and is important for it's collection of conifers and broadleaves.

The arboretum can be accessed by foot from Bentley Station (along the Shipwrights Way long distance footpath) or via the Forestry Commission car park on Gravel Hill Road near the Alice Holt Research Station.

The arboretum is being restored in partnership with the Alice Holt Community Forum. Volunteers meet on the third Sunday of each month. For information about volunteering with this project, contact Robert Simpson at

Easy Access Trail
  • Easy
Suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users, this trail takes you through a variety of woodland and has an optional short cut. Along the route you'll find sculptures of the famous Gruffalo books’ characters.
Habitat Trail
  • Easy
The Habitat Trail is an exciting family walk which features amazing wooden play sculptures.
Lodge Pond Trail
  • Moderate
A more 'off-road' trail to Lodge Pond, muddy in places but very beautiful.
Timberline Trail
  • Easy
Family walk with play structures.
Walk4Life Mile
  • Easy
Walk4Life is all about helping people move and walking is a great way to start.
Willows Green Trail
  • Easy
An attractive trail forest trail with one steep section.
Last updated: 20th May 2017

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