Moors Valley Country Park, managed in partnership by the Forestry Commission and East Dorset District Council, is famous for its adventurous woodland Play Trail designed for families of all ages.
From the 6th March, you can follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. More details for Moors Valley.
You'll find miles of paths and tracks through Moors Valley Country Park, sign posted with the appropriate coloured band. A detailed ‘Explore’ map which shows all the waymarked walk and cycle routes as well as the Fitness Trail features is available to buy from Information Point in the Visitor Centre.
From easy trails for the family to tougher single track routes and a bike skills area for more experienced cyclists. Bring your own bike or hire one from the cycle hire shop.
Enjoy adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape’s Tree Top Junior course (min age 4yrs and min height 1m). For more information and to book visit Go Ape.
Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails. Min age 10yrs and min weight 7 Stone. For more information and to book visit Go Ape Forest Segway.
From a giant ant's nest to the snake pit to an enormous spider's web, the play trail with its imaginative and fun wooden play structures scattered along a 1 mile trail through the forest is a must.
Food and drink
Relax after a hard days adventure in the cafe or bring you own food for a picnic in the forest.
Why not visit
The country shop, golf course, narrow gauge steam railway and much more. For further details please visit the Moors valley Country Park website by clicking here.
What do other visitors say?
5 StarsAnonymous, 10/Apr/2017
We visited at the weekend and even though it was very busy we managed to get some quiet space in the woods. There is so much to do and we had a brilliant day out for the whole family. It's comparatively cheap as well, as we only pay for parking and an ice cream. Our boys were very excited about the Gruffalo Trail, although the app didn't always work so well.
4 StarsClaire , 3/Oct/2016
Hi we visit the country park quite often,
To cycle or walk the play trail. We walked the play trail yesterday and the spiders web had been taken down and the next piece of play equipment was also taped off. Can you please let me know why they have been taken down or taped off. Thank you
Forestry Commission Response
Thank you for your question. All of our play equipment gets very well used and sadly after a busy summer, both Webs and Funnel trap showed signs of their high use and in our opinion were consequently un-safe, which is why they have been removed or taped off. We are busy planning replacements for both, as the play trail remains as important to us, as it is to our visitors. Many apologies for the gap in our trail this winter.
We were walking in woods nearby and saw a snake, a mouse, some fox poo and heard an owl...all that's left to spot is a Gruffalo! ... I hear you have one in your woods, am I right?