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Hatchet Pond is the largest body of water within the Crown Lands of the New Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission.

Created in the 18th century to provide power for an iron mill, the pond today provides valuable habitats for wildlife as well as being a Hatchet pond. New Forestscenic backdrop for a picnic or wildlife watching.

Coarse Fishing

For more information on Coarse Fishing in the New Forest please click on the link above.

What do other visitors say?

Can you use a canoe or Kayak on theis or any other of the forest ponds?

Anonymous, 6/Aug/2016

Thank you for your question. It is not permitted to use canoes, kayaks or any raft or craft on any of the Forestry Commission ponds in the New Forest as this in in breach of the Forestry Commission byelaws.

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Is swimming allowed in Hatchet Pond?

Peter, 22/Jul/2016

Thank you for your question. Swimming is not permitted in Hatchet Pond or Little Hatchet or any forest pond. Hatchet Ponddis a reservoir and holds a RAMSAR designation meaning it is a Wetland of International Importance. Swimming is also not permitted for health and safety reasons.

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Decent down hatchet pond but wondered how deep it is

Monty Ward, 9/Jun/2016

Thank you for your comment. Hatchet Pond is deep, as it was a series of marl pits that were flooded to provide power to the old iron mill. There are local 'tales' that when the pond was partially drained in the 1960's (not sure what reason - most likely repairs to retaining wall), the depth of the pond was estimated to be about 16-17 feet.

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Last updated: 7th March 2016

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What's Here?

  • Walking
  • Barbeque
  • You can use raised portable barbecues at this site. Please refer to the Barbecues in the New Forest page for futher information. Disposable BBQs are not permitted at this site. Please use the special picnic tables at either Bolderwood or Blackwater if you wish to use a disposable BBQ
  • Fishing
  • Coarse fishing in the New Forest is available at Hatchet Pond. A Forestry Commission fishing permit is required along with a rod license. For more information on Fishing in the New Forest please click on the Coarse Fishing link.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets are situated in Hatchet Pond car park.
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