Situated on an old coaching route, Bolderwood has all the ingredients for a family day out.
Get close to the famous herd of Fallow deer which live in and around Bolderwood.
Bring a picnic and spend all day exploring the waymarked trails, cycle or just relax in the sun.
This site has been awarded a CLOtC Site Provider Award. The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) is the national voice for learning outside the classroom. This award recognises organisations which actively welcome schools onto their site/s for self-led visits and ensure that the sites and any other services provided meet the needs of schools. For more information, please visit www.forestry.gov.uk/england-learning
Click on the links below to find out about the waymarked trails and other activities from this car park.
Download the Guide to Deer at Bolderwood Podcast (MP3 1.7MB) for your MP3 player here so while you are at the Viewing Platform you can also have a commentary about the deer species.
Follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. Click here for more details and opening times
Exploring this truly ancient forest by bicycle is the ideal way to discover the magnificent beauty and fascinating wildlife that can easily be missed by car.
A short stroll which leads you to a deer viewing platform at Bolderwood, New Forest, overlooking fields where wild herds of fallow deer are regularly seen.
Including the deer field at Bolderwood in the New Forest, this meandering route leads you past some majestic trees, the oldest of which date back to 1860.
A longer route which explores a range of woodland types both ancient and modern at Bolderwood in the New Forest
If you are interested in booking one of our barbecue sites or using your own, please visit click on the link above for further information.
What do other visitors say?
4 StarsSue Saunders, 27/Aug/2016
Visited today and had a great time. Saw the deer being fed and then did the stick man trail. We all had a great time, from granny, mum and dad and 3 grandchildren aged 3,6 and 8.
Only critisism was the state of the loos.
4 StarsClive Cartmel, 25/Aug/2016
An excellent forest walk only let down by disgusting toilets. Do they ever get cleaned?
Forestry Commission Response
Thank you for your comment about the state of our toilets, positive or negative, they do help us keep on top of monitoring our cleaning contract. In the case of Bolderwood, the cleaning contractors do visit every day during the summer weeks and do usually work really hard to keep them clean, but it has to be said that Bolderwood can be so busy that the toilets will be perfectly respectable one minute and then just a few moments later will be in a terrible state. It would be beyond what the Forestry Commission can afford to be on constant alert here. Having said that, it is no excuse to have the toilets open if they become so bad they are beyond use, so we close the toilets if this happens. If there is a problem it should be brought to the attention of the staff at the information unit and they will act immediately. The majority of the time the toilets are functioning and in a good order.
4 StarsEden, 11/Aug/2016
We had a great day out yesterday with the family taking a lovely walk round the forest. It would be nice to have seen some kind of distance markers on the courses. A really nice and pleasant place to visit.