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Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary: Deer Watch Trail

Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary: Deer Watch Trail

Spot deer on this very short circular walk at the deer sanctuary

This short stroll from Bolderwood car park leads you to a deer viewing platform overlooking fields where wild herds of fallow deer are regularly seen. From Easter to mid-September the herd is fed daily by one of the Forestry England keepers.

Bolderwood once boasted an impressive arboretum which was devastated in the Great Storms of 1987 and 1991. Over the past few years Forestry England have been replanting to help return it to its former glory.


This Forestry England trail is a waymarked walk. Just follow the waymarker posts to enjoy an easy to follow route for all.

  • Start/finish: Bolderwood car park, grid ref SU 243 086, no postcode.
  • Ordnance Survey map: Explorer OL 22 New Forest
  • Getting there: No public transport links; parking at Bolderwood car park.
  • Distance: 0.3 miles (0.5 km)
  • Duration: Under 1 hour
  • Local facilities: Bolderwood car park has toilets, picnic tables and an information unit open during the school holidays from 11am – 4pm.
  • Accessibility: The path is a fairly smooth gravelled surface, with gentle slopes along the way. The trail contains gates, situated on both sides of the roads where walkers cross.
  1. Arrivals

Upon arriving at Bolderwood head to the top end of the car park to the information point and picnic tables. Through a small gate is the trail heads for each of the three walks available here at Bolderwood; The Deer Watch Trail, The Jubilee Trail and the Radnor Trail.

2. Follow the yellow marked waymarker posts

We’re following the Deer Watch Trail which is the yellow marked waymark posts. Head down the trail looking out for the yellow ring on the waymarker posts. All the trails are circular and lead back to the car park.

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