Now is the perfect time to go and visit the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary in the New Forest. But if you are looking for a longer walk, or more to explore then why not try the Lyndhurst Circular Walk and visit the Knightwood Oak. The tree is over 500 years old and the largest oak tree in the New Forest (learn more about New Forest trees in the feature Ancient and Remarkable Trees Exhibitionon page…).
The walk starts in Lyndhurst on Swan Green, just to the west of the village centre. Follow Cut Walk south west to Warwick Slade where you cross the Highland Water stream. Here you turn right to visit the New Forest Reptile Centre where there’s a nice trail on well surfaced tree lined paths with a variety of wildlife to look out for. The centre has all of Britain’s native lizards, snakes, frogs and toads.
The route then passes through Wooson’s Hill Inclosure before coming to 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.
At Bolderwood you turn south, heading through the North Oakley Inclosure to the Knightwood Oak.
The route then returns to the village, passing the Reptile Centre and White Moor. Lyndhurst has an attractive high street with a number of good cafes and pubs where you can enjoy refreshments after your walk.
Start Point: SO43 7DW
Distance: 10 miles
Terrain: Easy – moderate