Visitor information
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

How to find us

How to find us
Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood
Sat Nav Postcode: BH24 2ET
By Car

Situated 10 miles north of Bournemouth, signposted from the Ashley Heath roundabout at the junction of the A31 and A338, between Ringwood and St Leonards.  

By Public Transport

From Ferndown - number 38 bus, stops at Lions Lane at the Castleman Way entrance which is a mile away from the Visitor Centre.  

OS Grid Ref
SU107 057

50.842532914774, -1.8472587344154

Parking and prices

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Peak (weekends, school holidays and bank holidays)
Up to 1 hour £4.00
Up to 2 hours £8.00
Up to 4 hours £11.00
Up to 5 hours £12.00
All day £15.00
Off peak
Up to 1 hour £2.80
Up to 2 hours £5.50
Up to 4 hours £7.98
Up to 5 hours £9.50
All day £10.50
Winter weekdays (Nov – Feb outside of school holidays)
All day £1.60

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Please note Minibuses and Coaches need to book in advance.  

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 13
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed

Facilities and access

Wheelchair and mobility scooter hire

We have wheelchairs available to borrow. They can be booked in advance to avoid disappointment using our online booking system or by phoning the Rangers on 01425 470721.
See accessibility information link below for full details.

We also have two ‘Tramper’ mobility scooters to hire as part of the South West Countryside Mobility Scheme. Please see the Countryside Mobility Scheme page for details of how to join and membership fees.

 

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Cafe
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Shop
Toilets
Tramper/Mobility Scooter hire
Visitor Centre

Contact details

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.  

Shadow volunteer scheme 

We're looking for individuals interested in a career in forestry to apply for our Shadow Volunteer scheme. 

Taking place in the nation’s forests across England, Shadow Volunteers will be given training, experience and development opportunities by work shadowing Forestry England staff.  The scheme runs for six months, one to three days a week.

Find out more about the scheme, what opportunities are available and how to apply.

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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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 snakes in the ‘Snake Pit’, attempt the ‘Crocodile Crossing’ and balance on the fallen forest of ‘Timber’.

This is the most popular route in the forest where children love to discover the play structures in the woods whilst stopping to create their own dens along the way. Visitors return again and again to find their favourite ones to play on.

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 tracks through Moors Valley Country Park and Forest. You are welcome to cycle on any of the gravel or tarmac paths however the best paths for cycling are waymarked.

To find out more about all of our sign posted routes please take a look at our main website (in partnership with East Dorest District Council). 

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-road, on two eco-friendly wheels, without having to pedal!  

You will receive training and get the chance to practice before you head out, with a safari guide, on our trails.  You will use a mixture of twisty trails and wide open, straight tracks on this circular, hour long adventure.

Go Ape pride themselves on enabling people with a disability to access their adventures - so give them a ring or call in at the cabin on site to discuss any needs that you or your group may have.

See further information and book direct with Go Ape.

Built for the whole family, this is the ultimate tree top experience of wobbly bridges, intricate crossings and an awesome zip wire finale in Moors Valley.

The perfect high ropes course for kids as well as mum, dad and the grandparents, school groups and birthday parties.

Go Ape have developed a safety system that is easy for everyone - so don't worry you'll be attached to our trees at all times.

Go Ape pride themselves on enabling people with a disability to access their courses - so give them a ring or call in at the cabin on site to discuss any needs that you or your group may have.

See further information and book direct with Go Ape.

Nearby forests

A herd of deer in a glade in the forest

We are delighted that Bolderwood is featured as part of the Ancient Canopy to be dedicated to Her Majesty in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.  Ancient Woodlands are cherished reminders of our living heritage, often referred to as “nature’s Crown Jewels”. We are proud to be part of this unique project, which aims to raise awareness of these treasured habitats and the importance of conserving them for future generations. 

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 woodland with a waymarked trail. The extensive grassy lawn offers valuable grazing for ponies and beyond the Forest lawn the heathland is home to many important bird species.

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

Blackwater arboretum is an idyllic setting with a stunning variety of beautiful trees from around the world. Inspired by the tree collection at this special place, a sensory sculpture trail complements the setting.

Explore Blackwater on two wheels by following the New Forest’s great network of cycle trails.

Woman running with dog

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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