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Bolderwood: Radnor Trail

Bolderwood: Radnor Trail

Head deep into ancient and ornamental woodland

Once past the Radnor Stone, this trail passes through sweet chestnut, oak and beech dating from the 1860s. It then 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. Here you will find stands of Norway spruce planted in the 20th century which are thriving in the moist valley bottom. The trail finally leads you past the deer viewing platform where you can often see a herd of fallow deer.


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: 1.9 miles (3.1km)
  • Duration: Under 1 hour
  • Local facilities: Bolderwood car park has toilets, picnic tables and an information unit open during the school holidays.
  • Accessibility: The path is a moderately smooth gravelled surface, with two short but fairly steep slopes, and frequent resting places. 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 Grove Trail and the Radnor Trail.

2. The Radnor Trail

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

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