Moors Valley Country Park and Forest

Visitor information

A family friendly country park and forest

Moors Valley is a joint venture between Dorset Council and Forestry England and the work we do here goes beyond the remit of most visitor attractions, including countryside management and forestry. With over 800 acres, it's a large site to look after and we always aim to balance the needs of our visitors with those of the environment, whist still providing our visitors with a great day out.

For full information on planning your visit and all the events and activities on offer, please visit the Moors Valley site. 

At a glance

Cafe is open 9am - 3.30pm
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Steam railway open at weekends
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Visitor centre and shop
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A digital illustration of the Gruffalo standing in the forest with bunting strung above him.

Gruffalo Party Trail at Moors Valley

The Gruffalo is celebrating his 25th birthday and to celebrate, everyone is invited to take part in a brand-new forest adventure. The interactive family trail features all sorts of party-themed activities and games, along with fun facts to teach you about life in the forest for the Gruffalo and other creatures.

Discover some amazing areas to explore, have fun in the woods on our play trail with its unique pieces of wooden play. You can climb inside a giant ‘Hawk’, wriggle through giant...

From those just starting to balance on two wheels to those who want a singletrack experience, there's something for everyone at Moors Valley.

There are many miles of paths and...

Established in 2018 by Forestry England, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Parker Harris, Earth Photo is a world-leading international programme dedicated to engaging...

Go Ape locations in our forests are now open. Pre-booking is essential. More information is available on the Go Ape website.

Go Ape Forest Segways are the best fun you can have off...

Nearby forests

A herd of deer in a glade in the forest

We are delighted that Bolderwood features as part of the Ancient Canopy dedicated to Her Majesty in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee in 2022.  Ancient Woodlands are cherished...

Sun shining through the trees in a pine forest

If you are looking for an ideal spot for picnicing, a walk in the woods or amazing views then Wilverley has it all. 

From the car park there's easy access into the adjoining...

Boy counting tree rings on a very old tree that's been felled.

Forestry Update

We’re removing some trees nearby, this is essential thinning to give trees more space to grow. Public safety is our main priority, so we need to close Brock Hill car...

Three New Forest ponies standing on open grassland.

Enjoy the stunning views of the heathland and trees beyond. This is an ideal spot for all the family with good waymarked walking trail that pass by the nearby Ober Water stream.

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