Whitefield Moor And The Ober Water Trail - New Forest Walks and Picnic Areas
Whilst to most people the whole of the forest is a truly magical place with a landscape that varies from open heath land to ancient forests centuries old, occasionally you will come a cross a place that truly lives up to this label and the Ober Water Trail and Whitefield Moor close to Brockenhurst is just one of those places.
A firm family favourite to those in the know on the one hand you have the open heathland ideal for getting the little ones to let off steam and have a good run around, and also an ideal spot for a picnic.
But if this idyllic heath land was not enough here you can walk along what is considered by many to be the prettiest walks in the entire national park.
There are two walks here consisting of a shorter walk of about a mile and a slightly longer walk lasting approximately a mile and a half. Both walks will take you through a diverse landscape ranging from heath land to bog and more than a little of the naturally prevalent Gorse bushes in the region with their striking yellow flowers when in bloom.
As you walk along the Ober water stream which eventually joins With Blackwater to form the Lymington River, you cannot miss the sheer beauty of this walk as the light penetrates through the trees to glisten with sparkling reflections off the water in the stream.
The walk is also extremely peaceful and takes you across a number of small bridges where you can stand an listen to the bubbling stream below.
The surrounding area is quite damp by nature so also forms the habitat for many insects that prefer the damper conditions. However, during long hot spells the area can get quite hard and dry but when there is the odd summer shower (which we're sure to get), the rain water literally cascades across the sun hardened surface and can swell the stream quite rapidly, which strangely enough can make it even more picturesque than ever.
It's little wonder that Whitefield Moor and in particular the Ober Water Trail have been the subjects of some outstanding photographic shots and paintings over the years.
If you're visiting the New Forest make sure Whitefield Moor and the Ober Water Trail are on your list.
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