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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

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?

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Can u scatter ashes here

Anonymous, 16/Aug/2015

Thank you for your question. As this is a delicate matter please e-mail us at or phone us on 0300 067 4601 , so that we can discuss this with you.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

A nice place for a visit - a notable down-side is the current state of the access 'tracks' to both car parks, particularly the one on the south side of the pond. The pot-holes have become so deep that unless you drive a 4x4 you are now risking serious damage to the underside of your car. Can gravel be that expensive?

"It'll have to be a new radiator Sir...", 7/Apr/2015

Thank you for yoru comment -The FC have 134 car parks across the New Forest, providing public access and enjoyment. Our car parks are inspected on a regular basis to assess their condition. We are due to maintain 'Hatchet Pond' car park in the next couple of days. The Forestry Commission welcome visitors at all times of the year and would hope that with what limited resources we have available to us, by maintaining our car parks in this way, we are in fact improving what we do offer to the visitor and not having to close car parks for extended periods of time before repair works can be carried out. The Forestry Commission tries to ensure minimal inconvenience to visitors to these sites.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

My wife and I always try to visit the New Forest at least three times a year and our favorite place to visit is Hatchets Pond. It a great place to just relax and enjoy the view and the wildlife.

Visited this weekend and saw a Heron and Egret in the reeds. Unfortunately we did not see our favorite Swan (ring tagged P5R)

What has happened to him? he was a bit of a character and very protective of his young but had been there for many years.

Still a great place to visit and yes its a shame about the toilets being vandlised.

Anonymous, 6/Oct/2014
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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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