Moors Valley Country Park - Days out in Dorset

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest is situated near Ringwood, just over the county border in Dorset. It is ten miles from Bournemouth. It is very close to the A31 road that runs through the New Forest.

Car Parking

Plenty of parking. Not near any railway stations.

What was the cost for you and your family to enter the attraction?

Entry to the attraction is free. However you must pay to park the car. Charges vary depending on season and midweek or weekend.

1-2 hours can be as little as £1-£2 off peak times of year. Peak times cost £7 for over 4 hours. An annual parking ticket may be purchased for £35 for all hours and £25 for a quiet times ticket. See for more details.

Please briefly describe the nature of the attraction (zoo, farm etc)

The attraction is a forest trail for cycling, walking and orienteering.

Is it Buggy Friendly?

Very - suggest an off-road buggy for the dirt tracks.

Is Moors Valley Country Park an Indoor or Outdoor Attraction

Totally outdoor with exception of restaurant and country store (shop).

What is the Ideal Age for Visiting?

Yes. Small playground areas for the very young and high wire aerial trekking for the older children.

Can You Buy Food There?

Yes - a good quality restaurant with plenty of tables. Child's meals around £5, adult up to £10.

Are the Food Options Varied? i.e. Vegetarian

Yes. Sandwiches, Jacket potatoes, Salads, Vegetarian burgers.

What's it Like if You Take Your Own Food?

Many picnic areas available dotted around various locations.

Are the Toilets Clean?

Yes. Excellent soap, water and air dispenser units. Also lower toilets and wash facilities for younger children.

Can You Do Everything in a Day?


Do You Have to Pay for Activities on Top of the Entrance Fee?

There is a miniature steam railway that runs at peak times of the year. Cost is £2.50 per adult and £1.80 per child (2-15 years). 'Go Ape' is the high wire forest adventure; rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides up to 40ft up in the trees. Minimum age is 10 years. Cost is £20 for children to 17 and £25 for adults. Check for opening times and to pre-book.

What is the Best Bit?

Adventure playgrounds for our toddler. There are many different playground areas on the nature trail through the forest, these are wood playgrounds that blend into the environment.

What Would You Say to People Considering Going?

Wear wellies and waterproof all weather gear for the children. Use the toilets at the visitor centre (near where you park) before you leave for the play trail through the forest, as there are no toilets on route.

What "Unmissable" Bit Is There?

The play trail, as it is very peaceful and wears the children out.

What Would Make it Better?

Additional toilet facilities.

What Did You Think of Your Visit?

It is very well run and the equipment is well kept. A great place to visit off peak as it is very quiet. It is also great value for a family especially if you take a packed lunch.

How Many Stars Out Of Five?

5 stars

Do You Have Any Final Comments?

The attraction also has a family 9-hole pitch and putt course. Bike hire is available on site, adult and children bikes are £10 for day, infant seat is £3.50 for day. Helmets are free! There is also a treetop trail which is a 200 metre wooden walkway through the tops of the trees (this is not suitable for pushchairs). Visitors are also welcome to bring their own bikes to cycle around the area. Coarse fishing on the Moors Lake with day tickets available from the Information point.

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