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The toilets at Hatchet Pond remain closed. Due to high fire risk no BBQs or campfires are allowed.
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours


Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Opening hours Dawn to dusk


Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Opening hours Dawn to dusk

How to find us

How to find us
Near East Boldre, off B3055, Hampshire
Sat Nav Postcode: SO42 7WE
By Car

From Beaulieu take the B3055 towards Brockenhurst.  Hatchet Pond car park is situated on the junction with the B3054.

OS Grid Ref
SU 369 017

50.813936900969, -1.4777668624573

Parking and prices

Please park only in designated car parks, not on a verge or in gateways.

Please lock your car, taking any valuables with you and leave by dusk.

Additional Information

Disabled parking available

Facilities and access

Please note the toilets are closed.

No swimming or boating in Hatchet Pond and other natural water sources that have potential dangers.

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed

Contact details

Landline Number
0300 067 4601
Out Of Hours Number
0300 067 4600

Hatchet Pond is a beautiful habitat, making it a valuable place for watching rare wildlife

Hatchet Pond is the largest body of water within the Crown Lands of the New Forest. A shallow lake surrounded by semi-natural heathland that's grazed by cattle, ponies and donkeys.

This pond is a vital resource for wildlife and it’s important that people respect the New Forest whilst enjoying this special place safely. Over summer as temperatures begin to rise, it can be really tempting to cool off in the water - but we discourage people from swimming or boating in Hatchet Pond and other natural water sources that have potential dangers.

The pond was created about 200 years ago by the damming of the Hatchet stream to power a local mill. Since the pond’s creation a wonderful array of wildlife now call the pond home, including over a third of all species of wetland plants found in the UK and many freshwater insect species, like dragonflies.

At a glance

  • No swimming or watersports
  • Bird watching
  • Assistance dogs welcome 
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