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Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary Review, New Forest, Hampshire
Fallow Deer, Picnic Spot and Forest Walks
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary in the New Forest has a viewing platform onto an enclosed area where deer are fed and are therefore often around in large groups. Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary on google maps.
We've lived near the New Forest for over ten years and visited the forest many times, but we'd never made it to Bolderwood before. We were reminded about it at a stand at the New Forest Show where one of the rangers told us that they feed the deer between 2 and 4 each afternoon and you have a really good chance of seeing them.
Then again a couple of days later my sister-in-law mentioned Bolderwood - they hadn't been either. We happened to be really near by having just visited the New Forest Wildlife Centre. After a drizzly start the sun was starting to come out so we thought we'd make our way to Bolderwood for a quick look at the deer.
Bolderwood has a large FREE car park (donations welcome), which we found pretty much full on a Saturday in late July, but we did find a spot.
The site has toilets. There's an ice-cream van. And picnic tables. There were quite a few barbeques in progress - great idea, we might do that next time.
There's also an information hut staffed by rangers (not always open). This had skulls of various forest animals including a deer complete with antlers.
Bolderwood is famous for its deer viewing platform which lets you get close to large herd of deer. The deer are fed daily which encourages them to stay close so you have a good chance of seeing them (of course we can't promise you'll see them).
We got really lucky there was a really large herd of deer close to the platform. I'd certainly never seen that many deer in one place before.
Among the normal reddy-brown coloured deer were quite a few white deer which was unusual.
Definitely worth the visit. I'm sure we'll be going back when we're over that way again.
Bolderwood is a really nice area of proper forest. Lots of tall redwoods. Lots of pinecones to collect - are all small children fascinated by pinecones or is it just ours. And sticks, lots of sticks. DS1 and DS2 love sticks, always makes me think of Julia Donaldson's Stickman!
There are several marked walks through the forest, but we just made our own way today. The kids (our two boys and their girl cousin) had an amazing time running around under the trees. After a while the adults got to sit down and watch. The sun was out, the kids were happy. Lovely.
New Forest National Park: Short Walks
"Excellent book for family walks in the New Forest. Split into three sections of difficulty/length. Good instructions, can't really get lost, useful general information/history of the area as you walk around, plus stop off points during the walk, namely pubs, but other facilities as well! Would thoroughly recommend, particularly for those wishing to enjoy the beauty of the New Forest, with the children and without the hassle of map reading." - Amazon customer review
Bolderwood map and directions
A map showing Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary. Grid ref: 50.876771, -1.656506. The pin marks the carpark.
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