The nation's forests and essential facilities are open, but please follow government coronavirus guidelines when planning your visit - read our coronavirus guidance.
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

Covid restrictions are currently in place. Please visit for all details of the current facilities and amenities that are available. 

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
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Tramper/Mobility Scooter hire
Visitor Centre

Contact details

A family friendly country park and forest

The government has said the single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

The government has instructed that you should minimise time spent outside your home, minimise the number of journeys you make and only travel a short distance within your local area to exercise. Our car parks and essential facilities are open for people to exercise once-per-day, if they live locally.

Please follow the government’s rules on exercising and meeting other people when considering a visit.

You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.

Updated Guidance

There are three simple actions we encourage all visitors to do to help keep everyone safe

Hands - Please use hand sanitiser stations
Face - Please wear a face covering where social distancing may be difficult (exemptions apply)
Space - Please stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing a face covering)


  • Please follow the latest Government guidance  for travel
  • The car park is open, but with a reduced capacity
  • We are not currently accepting bookings for coaches and minibuses
  • When the car park reaches capacity it will be temporarily closed. We know this is frustrating, but please be prepared to return home and visit another time. You can view updates on our Facebook page or live news feed
  • We encourage visitors to arrive before 10.30am, or after 2pm where possible to avoid our busiest times

Normal parking charges apply. Full details of our car park charges are listed here

At this stage, the majority of our facilities and amenities remain closed and the facilities that are open may have new procedures in place. For full details please visit

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 

  • 2 Walking trails 
  • 5 Cycling trails 
  • Children's play trail - some structures on the trail are closed
  • Play areas - open. Please ensure you observe Hands - Face - Space
  • Toilets - open with covid-secure restrictions in place. Be prepared to queue whilst we undertake extra cleaning throughout the day.
  • Restaurant - takeaway kiosk at selected times only
  • Visitor Centre and Shop - closed
  • Bike hire - closed
  • Steam railway - closed
  • Picnic areas
  • Dogs welcome 
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