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Explore Bolderwood Car Park and Visitor Site
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

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

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.

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

Gruffalo Spotters

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

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 could you please give me details of how to get there from whiteley Fareham kind regards

Mrs v smith, 26/Feb/2017

The easiest way is to take the M27 Westbound and continue until the road becomes the A31. Turn left off the A31 at Stoney Cross, just after the petrol station. Continue on the forest road, through Emery Down and turn right immediately before the New Forest Inn public house. Follow this road for about 3 miles and Bolderwood car park will be on your left.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

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.

Sue Saunders, 27/Aug/2016
4 Stars 4 Stars

An excellent forest walk only let down by disgusting toilets. Do they ever get cleaned?

Clive Cartmel, 25/Aug/2016

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.

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Last updated: 24th March 2017

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What's Here?

  • 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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