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Boltons Bench

Bolton’s Bench - New Forest Walks and Picnics

Bolton's Bench is a very large mound on the outskirts of Lyndhurst and is originally thought to be the site of an ancient barrow , an historical burial place from early history.

Lyndhurst’s history is quite chequered with the manor being passed from nobility to nobility during the sands of time but the naming of the mound is seemingly down to the Bolton's, once Lord Wardens of the Forest.

The Kings house was located here which was once where the forest courts were held. Kings house also happened to be the official residence of the lord Warden and you can almost imagine him sitting on top of the mound on a hot summers day admiring the view over the manor.

Today Bolton's Bench is graced by a magnificent Yew tree and those that climb to the top of the mound will be well rewarded with some stunning views over the surrounding area, and looking down to the Bolton's bench cricket ground with its typically country village style thatched pavilion.

Bolton's Bench is very much favoured as the ideal picnic area with wide open spaces the children can play in and forest wild life roaming the area.

Don't leave your picnic unguarded though as the wildlife here is rather partial to the odd free lunch and you may find yourself needing to take a stroll into Lyndhurst to buy some more from one of the quaint local shops.

Ashurst, Longdown Dairy Farm, Paultons Park and the Otter and Owl Centre are only a short drive away as is the Totton & Eling mill if you tire of the outstanding scenery at Bolton’s Bench.

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