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Explore Moors Valley Country Park
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

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.

 Highway Rat Activity Trail

The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life at Moors Valley. Head on down to the forest to start your journey with the Highway Rat and all the characters from the story. Packs will be avaliable from the Visitor Centre information point for just £3.

New Gruffalo's friends sculptures

Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake, and Squirrel join existing Gruffalo sculptures in our woodland picnic area at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest. These beautiful sculptures of the books’ characters that can be enjoyed for many years to come. We hope people have fun meeting them on their forest adventure. 


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.

Lookout Trail


One of our staff's favourite routes is the Lookout Trail, it rewards you with a stunning view across the valley. We recommend you take this meandering 1.5 mile route along a gravel and dirt track through the forest until you reach the beautiful picnic spot at the Look Out.


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 hawk house, the play trail with its imaginative and fun wooden play structures scattered along a 1.5 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 golf course, narrow gauge steam railway and much more. For further details please visit the Moors Valley Country Park and Forest website by clicking here.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

This is an excellent resource for all those that enjoy the outdoors. Adventure play trails for all ages, 2 playgrounds adjoining for different age groups, a miniature steam train ride, Go Ape, cycling trails, picnic areas and only about a tenner to park all day. Nice cafe with decent food. Parking is good value for a day out, people complain but it costs a lot of money to manage a place like this and the equipment is sturdy and safe. Where else can you entertain the kids all day for 10?

Jenz, 21/May/2018
5 Stars 5 Stars

Always good value with plenty to do for all ages. I heard people complain about the parking charge but at 11 for an entire day it provided plenty of free entertainment for our 6 and 4 year old grandchildren. Take a picnic and enjoy the free facilities from two play areas, walks round the lake, building dens in the forest and print off your own Nature Scavenger Hunt online.

Maureen Green, 16/Apr/2018
5 Stars 5 Stars

Great Park and good value for money, Thank you!

Anonymous, 11/Aug/2017
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Last updated: 29th June 2018

Help us take care of your forest

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.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SU107 057
Postcode: BH24 2ET

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General Enquiries

0300 067 4601

Opening & Parking

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

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