Distance: 1.9 mile (3.1 km)
Start: Bolderwood car park, grid ref SU 243 086, no postcode.
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.
Be Forest Friendly: The New Forest is a Site of Special Scientific Interest with over 2,000 varieties of fungi, many of which are rare and internationally-important species. We appeal to people to look but don’t pick. Commercial harvesting is not permitted and foray leaders must obtain a licence. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk/newforest for latest details.
Click the website link above to download this route map for free on the National Park Authority’s website.