To inject a sense of fun into your family days out then head to Moors Valley Country Park and Forest to get active in the outdoors and have yourself a family adventure. You are sure to find something for everyone.
Children of all ages will love the ‘Play Trail’ with its unique wooden play structures where they can crawl through the belly of a snake, climb the giant nests and find their way through the crocodile crossing. Fans of Julia Donaldson can come face to face with a life-sized sculpture of The Gruffalo and Gruffalo’s Child or follow a fun family Stick Man Trail (running daily until June) incorporating 10 stops, each offering fun activities based on the popular children’s story book.
For a different view of the Forest, thrill seekers can swing through the trees on the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure. Navigate the Forest tree to tree using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels with unforgettable zip wires along the way. Little monkeys can play too on the Tree Top Junior course, ideal for 6 to 12 years (or anyone over 1m tall) tackling 20 different obstacles and finishing with an awesome zip wire guaranteed to leave them with a smile on their face.
But if you like to keep your feet on the ground why not explore the 1000 acres of Country Park and Forest along waymarked footpaths and cycle routes and enjoy the scenery of woodland, meadows, lakes and rivers as you go – you can hire a bike or bring your own. Dogs are welcome too. Download the ‘Ranger in your Pocket’ Audio Trail to your smartphone or mp3 player and discover what wildlife to look and listen out for as you follow the ¾ mile route around Moors Lake.
For a more leisurely journey take a trip along Moors Lake on the authentic narrow-gauge steam train or why not spend a fun-filled hour venturing off the beaten track on Go Ape Forest Segway.
There’s so much to do why not make a whole day of it and bring a picnic or enjoy a freshly cooked meal at the restaurant.
Accessible facilities include wheelchair and mobility scooter hire (pre-booking required) and wheelchair bikes. A ‘Changing Places’ standard toilet with height adjustable changing bench and hoist is available at the Visitor Centre.
The Rangers organise hundreds of events for adults and children throughout the year. For children there are wildlife discovery sessions, fishing tuition and adventure bike rides. Adults can choose from a variety of guided walks and cycle rides, as well as the opportunity to try something different like Nordic Walking.
Details for all the events can be found online at www.moors-valley.co.uk
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Car Parking up to 12 seats (Based on length of stay)||from £1.00 to £10.00 per ticket|
|Coach 21-50+ seats (Daily Charge)||from £20.00 to £71.00 per ticket|
|Mini Bus 13-20 seats (Daily Charge)||from £6.00 to £25.00 per ticket|
|Season Ticket||from £25.00 to £50.00 per ticket|
Entrance to the park is free but car parking charges apply, season tickets are available. Various facilities in the park also incur a charge, ie railway, golf, cycle hire and Go Ape.
- Certificate of Excellence 2016
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good210
- LeeH1706Cardiff, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelGreat but expensive to parkTuesday, 25th April 2017I visited Moors Valley primarily for parkrun on a Saturday morning while staying in the area. Parking is generally expensive at £3.50 per hour up to £10 for the day. This isn't so bad if you're a... Read full review
- Jerry_HughesSouthampton, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyAbsolutely love this place!Sunday, 23rd April 2017There's loads to do which is great, our 2 sons love the first park you get to with the big slide and climbing area, our daughter who is only just walking was a big fan of the younger area with the... Read full review
- MrB19812014Portsmouth, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyGreat place OVER PRICED PARKING!!Sunday, 23rd April 2017This is a great place with loads to do, just the recent hike in parking charges is a great let down. The parking was already high and to raise it further with no clear investment for the visitors is... Read full review
- Regional and Miscellaneous Dorset Tourism Awards 2015 Silver 2015
- Regional and Miscellaneous Dorset Tourism Awards 2015 Gold 2015
- Regional and Miscellaneous Dorset Tourism Award 2016 Silver 2016
- Regional and Miscellaneous Dorset Tourism Award 2016 Gold 2016
- Moors Valley Country Park and Forest
Map & Directions
Moors Valley can be found 10 miles north of Bournemouth and 5 miles west of Ringwood at Ashley Heath. Signposted from the Ashley Heath roundabout at the junction of the A31 and A338 (Bournemouth Spur Road) between Ringwood and St Leonards.
Public Transport Directions
The Number 36 bus service that operates between Verwood and Bournemouth stops at the Castleman Trailway entrance on Horton Road (opposite the One Stop shop). It is then approximately a 10 minute walk to the Visitor Centre.
- Accept Children over 7
- Dog friendly
- Gift Shop
- Forest Location
- In countryside
- Outdoor Attraction
- Smoking Some Areas
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors - Including 'Changing Places' standard toilet with hoist and height adjustable changing bench.
Children & Infants
- Accept Children Over 3
- Facilities for children
Parking & Transport
- Coach Parking
- On site parking
- Parking (charge) - Free parking for tax exempt vehicles for disability
- On-Site café/restaurant - Restaurant: lunches, homemade cakes, drinks and snacks.
- Picnic Site - All picnic areas are outdoors
- Approx length of visit - 2-4 hours
- Delta accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Solo accepted
- Special group rates - Group rates available for Moors Valley Railway.
- TIC Staff Admitted Free - Must show ID
- Visa accepted
- Conference facilities - Two small meeting rooms for hire (one with step access), max 20-40 people
- Dogs Accepted
- Event Venue
- On-site coach parking
- On-site Restaurant/Cafe
- Open all year
- Picnic Area
- Printed Material in Foreign Languages
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- Toilets - Including disabled toilet
- Family Fun
- Marketed towards children
- Marketed towards families
- Marketed towards senior citizens
Printed Material in Foreign Languages
- French printed material
- German printed material
- Spanish printed material
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted - Ranger-led activities available
|Open New Year|
|2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|
* The Country Park is open every day except Christmas Day from 8am. Closing time is at 5.00pm from September to March, at 6.00pm from April to May and at 7.00pm from June to August. Additional facilities on site have varying opening times ie. Visitor Centre, Seasons Restaurant, Moors Valley Railway, Golf Centre, Cycle Hire and Go Ape.