Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary
This is a short walk in the New Forest taking you around the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary. Here you will find a large herd of fallow deer with a viewing platform overlooking the meadow where the deer congregate. The deer are fed daily by the Forestry Commission keeper so it's highly likely you will see a large number of deer in the early afternoon. There is a good sized car park right next to the sanctuary and a number of graded walks taking you through the surrounding woodland. There is also a large lawn area, picnic tables and an information cabin.
The sanctuary is located about 4 miles west of Lyndhurst and about 6 miles east of Ringwood.
To extend your walking in the area you could follow our Lyndhurst Circular Walk and visit the Knightwood Oak. The tree is over 500 years old and the largest oak tree in the New Forest.
PostcodeSO43 7GQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
After your walk head to the Royal Oak in the nearby village of Fritham. The pub is popular with walkers and located just a few miles north of the sanctuary. Features include a partly-thatched roof and a nice big garden to relax in during the summer months. You can find it in the small village at postcode SO43 7HJ. The Frogham to Fritham Circular Walk can also be picked up here. It climbs to the the viewpoint on the Hampton Ridge before heading to the lovely Latchmore Brook and Hasley Hill Inclosure near Fordingbridge. Near Frogham you can pick up the Godshill Walk and enjoy the rhododendrons of the Godshill Inclosure before a climb to the Castle Hill viewpoint. The Ashley Walk area is located just south of the Godshill Ridge too. It's another popular area to start a walk with its large car park and pleasant heathland trails. The Bramble Hill Walk can also be picked up in this area.
Dogs are welcome here and there's some fine woodland trails for them to explore on in the surrounding area. The Royal Oak mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The sanctuary is surrounded by miles of lovely trails in the Bolderwood Arboretum. There are a number of waymarked trails to follow through this area which includes wonderful ornamental coniferous trees planted in 1860. The Arboretum was formally part of the extensive grounds of Bolderwood Lodge, a master keeper's residence from around 1732 until its demolition in 1833. Just head south from the sanctuary to explore this beautiful area.
Also nearby is the village of Minstead, located a few miles north east of the sanctuary. The unspoilt village is well worth a visit with its pretty village green, thatched cottages, popular local pub and historic 13th century church. The Minstead Walk visits another scenic highlight at Furzey Gardens before heading to the Rufus Stone just to the north east of the gardens. This historical stone apparently marks the spot where King William II was fatally wounded with an arrow, during a royal hunting outing in the Forest, in the year 1100.
The Acres Down Walk circular walk visits the site from the east. The walk starts from the nearby Acres Down car park and visits the pretty streams and woodland of the Highland Water Inclosure before heading to the sanctuary.
For more walking ideas in the area see the New Forest Walks page.