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THE RUFUS STONE MEMORIAL TO WILLIAM II. NEW FOREST FPThe Rufus Stone Car park is situated within ancient wood pasture on the eastern edge of the Forest.

A short stroll takes you to the famous memorial to King William II.

Many stories abound but it is said that an arrow shot at a stag by one Walter Tyrrell glanced off a tree and killed the King.

Rufus Stone MP3 Podcast

Take your very own 'ranger' out in the New Forest by downloading the Rufus Stone Podcast for your MP3 player by clicking here.

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We visited the Rufus Stone today. Last time I had seen it was as a wee thing on a school trip back in 1977 with my London primary school. I was struck anew by the beauty of the place and will be returning again soon.

Anonymous, 1/May/2016
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Not to have heard about the Rufus Stone is shameful - a sad reflection of our contempt for English History and our past. I learnt about it at school and even if I hadn't, I might have googled it before my visit - as in 'things to see in the New Forest'. Thank goodness the memorial is not a blight on the surrounding countryside!

Anonymous, 26/Sep/2015
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I went to see the stone on a very wet afternoon when there was nobody there. I loved the atmosphere of the place and the setting amongst beautiful greenery. Thankfully there are no'facilities'there! (No toilets, no play areas, no ice cream, no Wi-Fi, no burger bar, whatever next)?!

Frank Winter , 14/May/2015
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Last updated: 18th November 2016

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