Moors Valley Country Park

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Moors Valley Country Park, Horton Road,Ashley Heath, Ringwood, Dorset, BH24 2ET
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Head to Ringwood then Ashley Health, there are plenty of sign posts.
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Moors Valley has a one-way purpose build 4.5 miles (Blue Graded) MTB track. It is located in Moors Valley Country Park in Ringwood in Dorset.  A very beautiful looking track 'Through The Forest' There is also Watchmoor Bike Park at the East of Moors Valley (Black) and some short Downhills.

The Blue trail starts at the car park and goes through the forest (4.5 miles) The trail is one way only and mostly flat with lots of dips and has roughly 5 wooden bridges that bridge over the really soggy bits. These are really slippery when wet so be careful as they are not treated, although I have heard that they might be trialling something soon (Summer 2013).  There are lots of stones and tree stumps that mark the track with many pedal dents in! The trail finishes back at the car park but many people treat the trail as a loop and fly through the pedestrian area. When you do the full loop it works out at 4.7 miles. 

Things to watch out for on the trail.

  • Large Rocks and Tree stumps that if you shift your weight incorrectly you will be defeated.
  • The Boardwalk Bridges - slippery when wet.
  • Dog walkers, backpackers and horse riders on the actual trail.
  • Mosquitos - Use your Avon So Soft in the summer because the mossy here have knives, forks and napkins, and work together in clouds :)
  • Squirrels  - they are always playing chicken along the trail.

Even though the trail is not particularly technical, it is when you are trying to do it as fast as your can, the trail definitely comes alive at top speed which usually results in tree skimming and rock clipping.

Through-out Moors Valley there are fire tracks crisscrossing the site for family riding. To the east of Moors Valley and the trail, there is The Watchmoor Bike Park.  The posts here are marked black and there are lots of boards, drops, and technical bits here.  There is also a nice little pump track and evidence of jump building. There is free parking for approx. 6 cars near Watchmoor.

At the north of the bike park, there are so short downhills with jumps on, these change quite because of the local spade welding nippers, it's all good! :)

Moors Valley is a beautiful trail and the only thing that spoils it is the dog walkers and also the drainage here isn't very good. Expect to get wet if it has been raining days before.

I recommend anyone to go here as long as you don't beat my time. Thank You! :)

I have also created a map for the trail and can be viewed at www.newforestmtb.com

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Use for improving fitness and just getting out on the bike
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Grin Factor 
 
2.5
Trail Variety 
 
1.5
Skills Development 
 
1.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
3.5

This trail does not compare to other MTB parks in the UK and it's blue status is questionable. It does not have berms or technical sections. That being said I like to go early before any families get there and go around as fast as my ability allows. There are rocks on the inside and outside of every turn, which seriously limits your ability to maintain speed.
But I enjoy the all weather track, the fact it is 30 minutes away and it reminds me of being a kid in the 70's and riding through tracks in the local woods.
I have given trail quality a 3 because the trail is well maintained not because it is technical or comprises berms and DH sections

User Review

Good Points
All weather
Fun to ride fast
Can ride at night
Good Cafe that caters for wet an muddy cyclists
Bad Points
walkers using the bike path
Park run most weekends starting at 9:00 or 9:30
Wooden sections are lethal in rain and frost
Would you recommend?
Yes
DM
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Not a blue
Overall rating 
 
0.6
Grin Factor 
 
0.5
Trail Variety 
 
0.5
Skills Development 
 
0.5
Trail Quality  
 
1.0

I'm going to review this track based on my experience of riding other "blue" trails at other centres. This, simply put, bares no resemblance to other blue trails. There are no berms. There are no rollers. There are no technical sections. There's nothing even close to resembling a jump or drop-off, and no options for more technical features. These are all features I've come to expect from blue trails at other trail centres, like Haldon Forest, Plymbridge Woods, Cardinham woods, Forest of Dean, etc. Instead, what you have is a narrow ribbon of blue hardcore laid out through the forest, marked with little rocks on either side of the trail, and there is absolutely no variety to this (apart from a few wooden walkway sections to get you over boggy sections). This is a pootle through the forest, nothing more. Your granny could do it with ease.

One other review mentioned that the trail comes alive when trying to do it as fast as possible. This is true to an extent, but this trail is not designed for such shenanigans, and indeed it seems the design purposefully discourages you from trying to do this. Every (and I mean EVERY) corner has rocks placed on the outside bend on the exit of the corner, right where your front wheel wants to be to take the corner even a little bit aggressively. This means that every corner becomes an exercise in managing your speed in order to avoid wiping out on these rocks. If that floats your boat, fine, but to me it destroys any flow the trail has (remember all corners are flat, there are no berms), and it becomes tedious and mundane after just a few minutes.

Just thinking about comparing this trail to the blue at FoD or Cardinham woods is laughable. It's black and white. There is no question in my mind that this should be a green. The thing is, people will travel to this trail centre with the blue trails at other 1SW trail centres in mind, and they'll be severely disappointed. That's why I'm writing this.

The "bike park" in the SE corner of the forest is OK if you like jumping, but this review is for the blue trail only.

User Review

Good Points
It's well maintained and the surface is good for the most part. That's about it for good.
Bad Points
It's not blue. It's significantly less technical and fun than what you've come to expect from "blue" at other sites.
JM
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(Updated: September 24, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
2.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.5

The best thing about the blue route is its pretty tight single-track and left as tight as can be with lots of trees each side. I went last week and the whole route was dry and running well.

Worth a spin if you are in the area but don't expect anything technical

User Review

Good Points
Lovely all weather snaking single-track that if ridden fast around 11 -12mph average speed can be great fun.
Can blast around 2 laps and proves a decent work out at around 9.5 miles after work.
In the week not busy and you have the trail to yourself more or less.
Very well maintained and old bridges/north shore have been replaced with new gripper wood.
Worth a spin if you are in the area.


Bad Points
Not worth travelling a long distance for as only around 4.7miles per loop but a good local work out.
Gets very busy at weekends with families but as its a blue route this is to be expected and nice to see youngsters getting into mountain biking
No red options which is a shame, could do with a couple of miles of red snaking off the blue.
No long down-hills.
No technical bits just smooth flowing single-track which is still great fun

Would you recommend?
Yes
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Very good for night riding
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
2.5
Skills Development 
 
2.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
4.0

Used to to to Moors valley every week with a group of riding friends on a tuesday night, ridden fast, its good fun more so in the winter when it's dark, I would say that the trail is actually much easer to ride in the winter than most other places nearby as long as you stick to the loop, riding more at Avon Tyrrell now for more technical trails so I haven't ridden it reasently but last time I rode it, it was in need of a bit of TLC.

User Review

Good Points
Fast and Fun, try it in the dark with some good lights, just don't blame me if you wrap yourself around a tree.
Bad Points
When its wet the wooden sections are lethal.
Would you recommend?
Yes
G
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Cycling for all the family
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
5.0

We love a cycle around Moors Valley. It has family friendly interesting trails for the smallest beginner and more technical trails for the more experienced bike rider.

We particularly enjoy being able to cycle different routes, depending on the time available and our pace.and an added bonus of adventure playground, train ride, and ice cream at the end, make this an enjoyable place to ride your bike.

Hire your bike, or take your own I would recommend this country park to all my friends and family.

User Review

Good Points
Many different ability trails, clearly signposted.

Trails are obviously being maintained to ensure that younger cyclists are less likely to come a cropper.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Through the forest singletrack (Blue)
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
2.5
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0

User Review

Good Points
- Great design with a lots of tight bends
- Great flow
- decent length
- boardwalk and new rock sections are fun
- good for most abilities, not intimidating but still challenging enough to keep your focus
- Moors Valley has good facilities, cafe, clean toilets, plenty of other activities available
Bad Points
- I would like to see the single track have some additional red or black sections leading off the main blue route to add some more variety and challenge for the more experienced rider.

- Better signage around the singletrack warning walkers, dog walkers etc not to walk along the trail, as this is becoming a more frequent problem.
Would you recommend?
Yes
C
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