Moors Valley Country Park is a favourite attraction for families visiting South Lytchett Manor. Situated in Ringwood, just 30 minutes drives from our Dorset caravan and camping park, this must visit destination offers a wide variety of outdoor attractions to enjoy throughout the year.
The country park is spread over an 1,000 acre site and comprises of a mix of forest and parkland. It’s the perfect spot for a peaceful walk or an action-packed day out.
There are a wide selection of marked walking trails to choose from, which take you through the forest and the on-site lake. Visitors can enjoy cycling trails, hawk walks, fishing, golf or a ride on the Moors Valley railway. The Rangers Den gives an insight into the different types of wildlife that can be found around the park. There’s hawk walks and guided Segway tours.
Close to the visitor centre you’ll find two adventure play parks – one for toddlers and the other aimed at older children. In the forest there’s a children’s play trail offering hours of fun for younger members of the family. Little ones can let their imaginations run wild as they explore a variety of climbing frames dotted around the forest. The wooden climbing frames have been designed to resemble creatures, including snakes and crocodiles. The trail should take around an hour to complete and is suitable for push chairs.
There’s also Gruffalo sculptures hidden around the forest. Set the kids a challenge to find them all!
If you’re feeling adventurous, the Go Ape high ropes course is an excellent way to spend an afternoon. With 15 challenging obstacles suspended from the trees, you’ll need nerves of steel to make it to the end. From the various platforms and zip lines you’ll enjoy a wonderful view from beneath the canopies.
If you’d like to admire the views but haven’t got time to complete the Go Ape course, the Tree Top Trail is a perfect option. Situated in the forest, midway along the children’s play trail, this 200m long elevated walkway, is a great way to try and spot birds and other types of wildlife often found within the park.
We think Moors Valley is a great place for a picnic, but there is on site catering should you choose to eat out. Seasons Restaurant a varied menu and is open between 9 and 4pm each day. There’s also a takeaway kiosk outside.
Moors Valley Country Park is open year-round and a fantastic attraction in all seasons. It is free to enter although there is a charge to park your vehicle. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on lead in busy areas of the park.
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Follow signs to Poole and then signs to Ringwood
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|Country park and forest||8am - 5pm||Open every day of the year except Christmas Day|
Closing time is at 5.00pm from September to March 6.00pm from April to July (later during Easter holidays) 7.00pm in the summer holidays
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We booked for two nights in our Motorhome and ended up staying six nights. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Shower blocks were kept clean and water was lovely and hot. Bus stop directly outside site going to Poole and Swanage on the he number 40 bus route. Worth getting a return ticket to save money Mo, Oct 2021
We had a simply fabulous time at South Lytchett Manor last month. We were not sure about camping in October but the site is well insulated, the playground kept our kids well entertained and the facilities were super clean and comfortable. We loved having a shop onsite and there are water taps and electricity points in abundance.. we have stayed at a number of sites and couldn’t recommend this Beth, Nov 2020
Great campsite, really friendly and polite staff. Very clean facilities and felt ‘safe’ with all the hand sanitizer and clear signage, highly recommend - we’ll probably book one of the huts next time.... Richard , Oct 2020
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