Nana was down for a few days during the Easter holidays, so we had a sunny day to fill. I decided that we would take her somewhere different for a walk. When Kev was a child, he would have a holiday in The New Forest every summer, he has fond memories of playing around the campsite. Then his Dad driving around the country roads trying to find a pub he liked the look of to stop off for a drink in the pub gardens!
So with this in mind we headed off to Bolderwood, which has the famous herd of Fallow Deer here too.
Bolderwood has a good sized car park, but it does get very busy. Every time we have visited it always has an ice cream van there too! With toilets, and an information centre, you can chat to the guides about the deers and the area.
There are a few options on what path you can take around Bolderwood. They are all signed posted, and clearly marked. They aren’t long walks either, so nice for little legs.
Currently they have a Gruffalo trail on, the kids can follow the trail to find the Gruffalo, and his friends along the way. This is such a lovely kids book, I am sure the little ones will love finding him!
We headed over to the Deer lookout, where you could see the herd of Deers.
Bring some binoculars and you could get a good look at them up close then. They have some information for you to read about them, and we happily watched them for a good 5 minutes. Then the kids were keen to get running around!
It is such a lovely open to space to explore, and I loved the dens that people had made and were still left for others to hide in. As a parent I love this woods, as it was really large but very open. So they kids could have the freedom of running around, but I could see them well.
Of course a fallen tree provides a great climbing frame!
The kids bought along their walkie talkies, which provided great entertainment!
Bolderwood is a perfect place to stop for a picnic, there are picnic benches, BBQ areas and a large field for you to lay your picnic rug on. However be aware of the ponies!!
Parking was a suggested donation of £2 (I think!) we happily paid it.