A mere sapling when King Charles I was on the throne, the Knightwood Oak is over 500 years old and is the largest oak tree in the New Forest. Famous for many years, it has long been a popular tourist attraction, and the area around it was recently re-landscaped to make it more accessible to the public.

Read on to find out how to get to it, it's history and what else there is to do in the area.

A huge oak tree in the New Forest.
The Knightwood Oak is the largest and possibly oldest oak in the New Forest.

Situated near the small town of Lyndhurst in Hampshire, the Knightwood Oak is in one of the loveliest spots of the New Forest. It can be found at the southern end of the Bolderwood Ornamental Drive which leads from the A35 to the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary, another lovely place to visit where you can watch wild deer being fed in the forest.

The New Forest is the perfect place for the Slow Traveller, and this living monument within its leafy boundaries is no exception. Free to visit and far from any typical forms of tourist attraction, with no commercial sites or noisy venues nearby, this is the place to go for peace and nature, with limited evidence of human interference. Birdsong and the scuttling of wildlife in the undergrowth is the loudest it gets here.

The oak fence surrounding the Kinightwood Oak and a visitors panel.