Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Ringwood

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Enjoy many activities in the peaceful forest at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest. The park's many trails wind through forests and around lakes. Children can climb on the wooden play equipment along the play trail. Climb 5 m (16 ft) into the treetops on raised wooden walkways, or take a 1.6 km (1 mi) journey around Moors Lake onboard the authentic steam train. Leap off rope swings and fly down zip lines at the adventure center. Rent a cycle from the visitor center to pedal around the park, or rent a Segway from the adventure center. Add Moors Valley Country Park and Forest and other attractions to your Ringwood trip itinerary using our Ringwood itinerary maker.
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  • My husband and I were staying at Woodbridge manor farm campsite and walked to the park from there . We thought it was ideal for couples and families as there is plenty to do for everyone. On the day w...  more »
  • Moors Valley – a joint venture between East Dorset District Council and the Forestry Commission – offers miles of tracks through forest, heath, meadow and woodland and alongside rivers and lakes on fo...  more »
  • I have recently completed my 3 lessons on learning to ride a bike. At 60 years of age I was concerned I may have left it a bit too late but I was so wrong. I had 1-2-1 tuition with my instructor, Mark...  more »
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  • The parking is quite steep at £10 over 4 hours, but the amount you can do its well worth it. The "Play Trail" is fantastic to get the kids started on fresh air and burn some calories. Then picnic and views of either woodland or lakes. Then on to the one of two playgrounds. One for little ones that is in a big sand pit. The bigger kids section is fab. Love the train goes through the play areas so the kids can wave. Ice cream stall, hot food stall, cafe, craft room, educational room, golf course, train shop, plenty of toilets and of course "Go Ape". Cannot explain how it's the best day out ever, and reasonably cheap! Very tired kids.
  • Went with our 3 kids and their granny. There is so much to do and it's lovely. We went on a really hot day and the play ground sand was just too hot, but there was lots of others stuff to do for all ages. Went on the mini steam train which was cool. The lake is really lovely with swans and lots of wild life. We took a picnic and ate it by the lake. Then went on the gruffalo trail which was good once we worked out how the app worked. There are bike trails and nature trails. Some days they do different activities, which looked fun. Then there's just mucking about to do. You pay £10 for the days parking and there's enough free stuff if you have a picnic with you. You can buy food there, pay for the steam trail, rent bikes etc, but you don't need to to enjoy the great out doors. I would say even good on a rainy day if you are dressed correctly. Looking forward to going back soon.
  • Fabulous day out in the forest! So much to do: the play trail for kids is amazing - a mile or so of walking through beautiful forest with a large unique wooden play structure every 100 metres. Then there's a separate but enormous play area with more traditional park play equipment. There's also a miniature steam railway ride, a lake, several walks, a golf course, an education centre, gift shop and lots of activities such as arts and crafts. No entry fee, just a fee to park your car, which is extremely reasonable for what you get and to ensure this forest is well kept.
  • Great play areas and woodland walk to encourage the little ones to explore and be active. Business is made from car park changes - if you've a full car load then it's excellent value for money! Good if you can avoid busy periods, often seen the car park closed, but thankfully never been caught out by it.
  • Lovely place to spend hours walking around. Well laid out sign posts to follow designated routes, tree top walk was lovely and gives some great views. Plenty to see and do for any age. Only thing was the food in the restaurant was a tad overpriced and there wasn't a lot of choice for vegetarians

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