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Explore Moors Valley Country Park
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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.

Gruffalo Spotters at Moors Valley

From the 6th March until the 27th November 2017, 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.

Walking

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.

Cycling

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.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior 

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.

Go Ape Forest Segway   

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.

Natural Play

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 Stars 5 Stars

Great Park and good value for money, Thank you!

Anonymous, 11/Aug/2017
1 Star 1 Star

Complete rip off im not paying 9 to park my car

Anonymous, 18/Jun/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

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.

Anonymous, 10/Apr/2017
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Last updated: 10th November 2017

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What's Here?

  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Visitor centre
  • Toliets
  • Cycling
  • Bring your own or hire a bike on site so you can enjoy the miles of way marked routes that allow you to explore the far reaches of the Park without fear of getting lost. Please help us to help everyone enjoy their time at Moors Valley by not cycling on the Play Trail.
  • Orienteering
  • A map of the orienteering course is available from the visitor centre. Why not try out our new Trail-O course which makes orienteering accessible to everyone.
  • Play area
  • For younger children there is a fantastic play area with slides, tyres swings and fantasy castle which will keep them amused for hours.
  • Walking
  • Moors Valley Country Park has almost 20 miles of waymarked trails to follow as well as miles of other gravelled and grassy tracks to explore.
  • Viewpoint
  • Located in the heart of the forest the Lookout provides stunning views across the tree tops towards the coast that makes the all the effort worth. It's easy to find - just follow the finger post signs.
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Location

OS Grid ref: SU107 057
Postcode: BH24 2ET

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0300 067 4601
enquiries.southern@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open 8am until Dusk (8pm at the latest)

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