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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.

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Toilets need attention.

Why is it called Hatchet pond? Who was Hatchet?

Jerry Scrivens , 10/Jul/2017

Thank you for your question. The pond is named Hatchet , meaning ‘gateway’, as it was here that commoners would drive their ponies and cattle from smallholdings onto the Forest to graze.

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Is Hatchet Pond spring fed?

Anonymous, 21/Nov/2016

Hatchet Pond is a man-made waterbody, crated in the 18th Century, by damming Hatchet Stream to provide power for an Iron Mill. It is located leas than 1km from the stream’s source, draining the surrounding heathland. The water is retained in the pond before continuing downstream to eventually flow into the Beaulieu River.

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Hello, i do photography and video of scenic places using my drone, is this permitted at Hatchet pond if done early morning before too many public are around?

Is there a byelaw against it?

Rob Dylaw, 3/Oct/2016

Thank you for your comment. Please contact our Permissions department directly with your request. They can be contacted by phone on 0300 067 4640 or e-mail

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Last updated: 8th April 2017

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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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