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.