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Explore Bolderwood Car Park and Visitor Site
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

Situated on an old coaching route, Bolderwood has all the ingredients for a family day out. Information Unit at Bolderwood visitor site. New Forest

Bolderwood provides an ideal setting for visitors to find out more about the famous herd of Fallow deer, which live in and around the area and explore the historical connection to the Crown.

Click on the links below to find out about the waymarked trails  and other activities from this car park.

Deer Podcast

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

Autumn Trail

Try our feel good autumn trail, along the way you’ll experience a mixture of evergreen conifers and broadleaf trees, so you can find the perfect spot to sit back, relax and let autumn work its magic on your senses. 

Bolderwood Cycle Trail

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.

 Deer Watch Trail

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.

Jubilee Trail

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.

Radnor trail

A longer route which explores a range of woodland types both ancient and modern at Bolderwood in the New Forest

Barbecues


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?

Hi - is there anywhere to hire bikes on site or close by? Thanks

Anonymous, 1/Sep/2017

Thank you for your question. There is not the facility o hire bikes at Bolderwood. However you could hire bikes at Burley and follow the waymarked cycle route through the forest to Bolderwood.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

We had a lovely visit here and saw lots of deer and found the Gruffalo and friends! Could you please tell me if you are open all year round so I can plan our next visit. Many thanks.

Anonymous, 17/Aug/2017

Thank you for your comment. Bolderwood is open all year round, so you are able to visit whenever you wish and the Information unit is mainly open during the school holidays.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

We had a fantastic day involving cycling, picnic, walk, deer watching, ice cream and the Gruffalo trail. The gentleman (not sure if he was a volunteer or paid member of staff, and unfortunately I didn't get his name was truly incredible. He spoke to my children with such enthusiasm. He explained how the New Forest got its name and a lot more about the area and information about the deer. He kept my 6 and 8 year old throughly entertained. Cant phrase him highly enough. I would highly recommend visiting.

Anonymous, 15/Aug/2017
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Last updated: 5th October 2017

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  • Arboreta
  • Parking
  • Barbeque
  • You can use raised portable BBQs at this site and disposible barbecues on the special stands provided. Please refer to the Barbecue Code on our barbecue pages for futher information.
  • Trail (easy)
  • Deer Watch Trail - A short stroll which leads you to a deer viewing platform overlooking fields where wild herds of fallow deer are regularly seen.
  • Walking
  • There are 3 waymarked walking routes at Bolderwood.
  • Trail (hard)
  • Radnor Trail - A longer route which explores a range of woodland types both ancient and modern.
  • Trail (moderate)
  • Jubilee Trail - Including the deer fields, this meandering route leads you past some majestic trees, the oldest of which date back to 1860. Unfortunately a large number of trees were lost in the Great Storms of 1987 and 1991 but many new trees have been planted and more will be planted over the coming years.
  • Visitor centre
  • The Bolderwood Information Unit is open during the School holidays from 11am – 4pm
  • Toliets
  • Toilets are located in Bolderwood car park.
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OS Grid ref: SU 243 086

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