I have spent many years as a youngster with my family, exploring the beauty and wonder of Moors Valley Country Park. Located near Ringwood in the New Forest, Moors Valley is one of those places you need to experience if you are in the local area. There’s so much to see and do, it has become my favourite day out destination in the spring/summer when the sun is shining.
One thing I have found is that some people may not realise what activities are available to do at the country park. There is so much to see and do for the whole family, with your significant other or even by yourself (trust me, it is so peaceful spending some time wandering around, perfect pick-me-up if you are feeling down!), you will be spoilt for choice. Whilst I might be biased as I have grown up visiting here, this is a must-do for everyone, so let’s me give you 5 top things you can do when visiting Moors Valley.
Any train fans will not want to miss this – the Moors Valley Steam Railway. These mini style steam trains travel along the banks of Moors Lake, through tunnels and winding on tight curves and small inclines. This is the perfect way to enjoy the stunning views and experience a true steam train ride. There may be a small upcharge for the train, depending on whether you choose a roundtrip or one way to either Lakeside or Kingsclere station, I feel like this is something you cannot miss!
Play Trail/Tree Top Trail
My fondest memories of Tree Top Trail is when I was kid and seeing these massive wooden structures of creatures, you could climb inside them, climb on top of them and were the perfect photo spots. That may have been 15 years or so ago and the structures are still around to this day! Designed for kids but adults, you can join in too – it doesn’t matter about being judged, it’s all about having fun!
Go Ape Treetop Courses
I bloody love Go Ape courses. Yes, they are challenging but they provide 2/3 hours of high adrenaline fun. Climb through the trees with various routes to choose from – there’s an adult and a junior course so you can decide how brave you are feeling. You don’t need to have maxed out fitness levels to do these, but it does help massively. There’s water at the start of each section of the course to keep you hydrated, especially on a really hot day! This is an upcharged attraction but highly recommend for all thrillseekers out there. And remember the important rule, ALWAYS STAY ATTACHED!
Go Ape Forest Segways
I am going to put my hand up now and say that I have never ridden a Segway before – if you have, let me know in the comments below as I would love to hear your experiences. It is on my bucket list of things I would love to do one day! Segways are available as part of the Go Ape area of Moors Valley, costing around £35 per person. Travel through the forest on a Segway – what better way to travel right?
Finally, for the avid exercise gurus, there’s plenty of trails to explore for both walkers and cyclists. If you own a bike, bring it along with you and cycle along the many trails – all waymarked depending on difficulty and length. Don’t fret if you do not own a bike as you can hire one at the Moors Valley cycle hire centre, varying from 1 hour to the whole day. I’m not one for cycling personally! I much prefer a gentle walk around the forest, especially towards the Lookout as it is the perfect spot to take plenty of photos! Fitness gurus can enjoy the Fitness trail, exercise stations positioned along a 2 mile route within the forest. There’s something for everyone here, regardless of your desired sport.
That’s all for now!