About 19 minutes from park
Ashley Heath, Ringwood BH24 2ETVisit Website
Lining the lush green border of Hampshire and Dorset, Moors Valley Country Park promises an action-packed adventure among the pines. From tranquil walks to energetic cycle rides, steam-train journeys and a tree-top assault course, there’s an activity to suit just about anyone.
Whether you’re living local or are stopping by the New Forest for a short time, everybody is welcome at Moors Valley Parkrun. There are routes of varying difficulty for you to have a go at (1, 2 and 3 miles), and each is clearly marked and signposted right the way around.
Take to the tracks with this charming, family-friendly adventure. Featuring authentic steam-powered trains fueled by coal, you’ll be taken on a journey through the forest traversing tunnels and brides as you go. The Railway has slightly different opening dates and times to the park and these are staggered throughout the year, so check the park’s website before your plan a trip.
Looking for something a little more white-knuckle? Then prepare for two or three hours spent swinging through the trees at Moors Valley’s Go Ape course. With two challenges – one for 10yrs and over or 1.4M+ tall and an easier course for anyone over 1M+ tall – Go Ape promises unforgettable family thrills. Go Ape has its own opening dates, times and ticket prices to the park, so always check the Go Ape Website before you plan your visit.
Moors Valley is located to the western edges of the New Forest National Park and around ten miles north of Bournemouth. It’s closest to the village of Ashley Heath, which is connected to other parts of the region by the A31 and A338 roads. The former will be your route if you’re approaching from Southampton or Poole, while the latter gives access from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Salisbury. Those looking to travel to the park via public transport can catch the number 38 bus. The service connects the towns of Ferndown and Ringwood, and the stop at Lions Lane is around a mile walk to the Visitor Centre and entrance.
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