Hatchet Pond

Visitor information

Hatchet Pond is one of the UK’s most important Ponds for nature and wildlife

Hatchet Pond is the New Forest’s largest body of fresh water and home to some of the rarest wetland plants and freshwater animals long since lost from many other parts of the UK. As one of the most wildlife rich water bodies remaining in lowland England, it has the highest possible conservation status as both a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area for Conservation.

Over the last four years a major restoration plan has been put in place and changes made at this location to try and protect it for future generations.

Please note: to reduce the risk of pollution into the pond there are no longer toilet facilities here. Alternative facilities can be found in the nearby villages of Beaulieu and Brockenhurst, or in Lymington.

Visitors also have a critical role to play in helping to ensure this special place can survive by not entering the water for swimming, or any other reason, and not allowing dogs into the water. Find out more about why this area is so special:

At a glance

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Things to do

A variety of fish can be caught at Hatchet Pond and Little Hatchet including; roach, bream, tench, pike, pearch, eels and rudd.

In order to fish at Hatchet Pond or Little Hatchet you will require a Forestry England fishing permit as well as an Environment Agency Rod License.

Forestry England fishing permits are available as day, week or season tickets. Please follow the link for how and where to purchase a permit.

The fishing season for this site starts from 16 June 2021 until 14 March 2022.

Purchase a fishing permit

Price for 2 rods      


Concession under 17 and over 65 Day £20 £14 Week £50 £30 Annual £150 £75 Price for 3 rods       Adults Concession under 17 and over 65 Day £30 £18 Week £60 £40 Annual £200 £150


Nearby forests

White pony within rust orange shrubs

Tilery Road is named after a historic Victorian brick and tile works. From the car park there's easy access following the cycle route into Pignall Hill, this is one of the largest collections of inclosure woodlands in the New Forest. 

Keep Your Distance from livestock sign at Bolton's Bench

Walk up to the top of the hill at Bolton’s Bench and take a moment to let your mind wander amongst the magestic ancient yew trees. You'll also be treated to picturesque views of the heathland, ancient woodlands and grassy lawns that make the New Forest so special. 

Three New Forest ponies standing on open grassland.

Enjoy the stunning views of the heathland and trees beyond. This is an ideal spot for all the family with good waymarked walking trail that pass by the nearby Ober Water stream.

Boy counting tree rings on a very old tree that's been felled.

Blackwater arboretum is an idyllic setting with a stunning variety of beautiful trees from around the world. Inspired by the tree collection at this special place, a sensory sculpture trail complements the setting.

Explore Blackwater on two wheels by following the New Forest’s great network of cycle trails.

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