Accommodation in the heart of the New Forest

Hatchet Pond in the New Forest

Hatchet Pond is a gentle 5 minutes stroll from Bartley Barn, situated where the Beaulieu to Brockenhurst road forks left to Lymington.

Hatchet Pond is the largest body of water in the New Forest. Created in the 18th Century to provide power for an iron mill, the pond today provides valuable habitats for wildlife as well as being a scenic backdrop for a picnic. This is a fantastic place to head for to watch the sun go down – the sunsets over the water are spectacular whether winter, spring, summer or autumn. Hatchet Pond is one of the few locations in the New Forest where portable bbq's are permitted so you can make a real event of your visit if you like. And don't forget to take your camera!

Hatchet Pond is also a popular location for coarse fishing – in fact currently it's the only forest location where those with permits can participate. The fishing season in the forest runs between 16 June and 14 March.

The fish that can be caught at Hatchet Pond include: Roach, Bream, Tench, Carp, Pike, Eels and Rudd. A Forestry Commission fishing permit is required along with a rod license. Daily and weekly permits can be obtained at East Boldre Post Office. Call the Forestry Commission on 023 8028 6840 for more information.

Just across the road from the entrance to Hatchet Pond car park the cycle network starts in Furzey Lane and can be followed through to Lyndhurst or Brockenhurst. For more information on the Cycle Network please click on the link to the right.

Accommodation near Hatchet Pond

Bartley Barn is about as good as it gets for New Forest self catering accommodation close to Hatchet Pond. It's about five minutes stroll away. You can watch the sunset unfold as you wander along, and return to your accommodation for your own bbq on your still sun-warmed private terrace!

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