Photo: Iain Wanless

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest is the wild adventure you’ve been waiting for! There is something here for everyone to enjoy. Start with the visitor centre, which hosts events throughout the year. Take a stroll along the treetop walkway to view the deciduous woodland, as well as the numerous lakes and rivers. See if you can spot one of the 26 species of dragonflies or see how many different types of birds you can count!

Two must-sees are Moors River and Ebblake Bog, designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Stroll along the any one of the numerous walking trails; benches and picnic benches are placed for your convenience. Kids will enjoy the play trail which features wooden play configurations that are spread out along a mile-long path throughout the woodlands. Traverse the wild landscapes in a narrow gauge steam railway or explore one of the many marked cycling routes. Rent a cycle or bring your own to try the new mountain biking trail!

Lunch by the breathtaking lake, or stop by New Forest Ice Cream for a snack. Kids can work off their energy on the adventure play equipment, which features a spider park with rope “webs” and a snake park with wooden tunnels, carved to look like snakes. Try Go Ape!, a high wire adventure course that will thrill everyone in the family. For the youngest visitors there is a sand play park for gentler fun. Adults will enjoy the 18-hole golf course, which features a fully equipped shop in case you don’t have your clubs. This is truly a family day out that will please everyone!


Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2ET
Tel: 01425 470721
Times: Daily, 8am – dusk (8pm at the latest)