The New Forest National is a perfect place to take a walk, discover the three short walks at Bolderwood. Bolderwood located north west of Lyndhurst and is along Ornamental Drive.
Visit Bolderwood and you may be lucky enough to spot deer at the deer viewing platform. The platform is overlooking a large meadow where the Deer like to reside. The platform is purpose built and the National Park Rangers (when free) feed the deer between 12.30pm -2.30pm between the months of April and September. However deer do still visit the meadow throughout the year.
Each of the three short walks start from the Deer Viewing platform and are all clearly way marked. The path is a moderately smooth gravelled surface with gentle slopes and benches along the way.
The Deer Watch Trail – 0.5 miles (Yellow Route) - A short stroll from Bolderwood car park leads you to a deer viewing platform overlooking fields where wild herds of fallow deer are regularly seen.
Jubilee Grove Trail – 1 mile (Green Route) - Starting from Bolderwood car park this meandering route leads you past the deer fields, this meandering route leads you past some majestic trees, the oldest of which date back to 1860.
Radnor Trail – 2 miles (Red Route) - This trail skirts the fenced boundary of Mark Ash Wood, an Ancient and Ornamental Woodland, where you can see pollarded beech trees. Bratley Water, flowing south to join the Blackwater, a tributary of the Lymington River, is an ideal spot to rest and have your picnic.
Car parking: The main car park at Bolderwood is a short drive from Lyndhurst. Leave Lyndhurst via Bournemouth Road and continue on the A35, drive past Bank, then take the right towards Bolderwood, you will turn on to Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Drive, continue until you see signs for the main carpark. The viewing platform is a short walk from the Bolderwood car park.
The route can been downloaded below (PDF).
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