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Easy Access Trail
(Average user rating: unrated unrated)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Trail Waymarking:

Pink trail markers

Length of trail:

0.7 (short route) or 1.5 (long route) miles

Trail is currently open

Trail Condition: Good

Trail description

The Easy Access Trail is a double looped route which allows the less able bodied (including wheelchair users) to experience a wide range of contrasting woodland habitats.

After passing through a young conifer plantation the trail crosses a path and enters a majestic stand of mature Scots pine. Soon, the pine are replaced with large oak trees which line the path. Hereafter your experiences will depend on whether you choose the long or the short route.

Gruffalo friends sculptures, mouse

Along this path, the world-famous tale of the Gruffalo is brought to life through sculptures of characters from The Gruffalo’s story.  Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake, and Squirrel join existing Gruffalo sculptures at Alice Holt Forest.

The long route passes through a very attractive stand of larch where the trail is carpeted with fallen needles. Here is where you will also come across an amazing dead tree peppered with woodpecker nest holes. Now the feel of the walk changes as you enter the atmospheric gloom beneath the dense canopy of Western Hemlock conifers. This does not last long, however, as you soon find yourself amidst a beautiful open woodland of tall beech trees.

The short route will also lead you through a beautiful beech woodland which is used for our den building events.

The route then re-joins the main section of the Easy Access Trail leading you back to the car park.

There are benches and picnic benches along the route.

Disabled parking spaces are provided at the beginning of the trail in the first car park on the right.



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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • For further information on cycling in the New Forest and the routes which start in Lyndhurst please see our pages on cycling in the New Forest or click on the cycling link to the right where a copy of the Network map can be downloaded.


OS Grid ref: SU812416
Postcode: GU10 4LS

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