Mad About Moors Valley
Moors Valley is a country park and forest in Dorset. I was a frequent visitor there when I was a child and I absolutely loved it. On a visit back to the UK this Easter we decided to take the next generation. To be honest, I was afraid that it wouldn’t live up to the amazing memories I have, but it exceeded all my expectations.
There are two amazing playgrounds, and the little ones’ playground has been completely renovated this year. The boys squealed with excitement when they saw it. Then there is the mile long play trail in the forest containing brilliant wooden play structures at just the right intervals. Half way along you can take the tree top trail, which takes you 200m up into the trees!
If your children are keen on nature, the park rangers run loads of activities for the whole age range. Although you need to have particularly keen kids, or a baby, to get there in time for ‘wake up to nature’ 4.30-7.30 am!
As a family living in a recession, we also really appreciate the efforts of the Forestry Commission and the Dorset District Council for maintaining their no admission fee policy (although you do pay to park).
About the Author
About Me & Mine
At the moment we live in the north of Italy with our son Arlo who is 16 months old. Me, Amy and Daddy, Simon are biology teachers and love wildlife. Simon teaches at a European school here and I make the short hop over the Swiss border every day where I work part-time in an American boarding school. With 5 clear months of school holidays a year we have lots of fantastic adventures and the whole of Europe is on our doorstep for weekend trips.
Favourite place in the world:
It would be impossible to name just one place but to narrow it down...
Lago Maggiore (Italy and Switzerland) where we keep our little motor boat.
Monferrato in Piemonte and Montalcino in Tuscany (Italy) - great views, great waking, great people, great food.
The New Forest and the Bournemouth coast (UK) - this is where we spend most of our time when we're not in Italy.
Lathkill Dale in the Peak District (UK) - before Simon became a teacher he used to work here for English Nature, and we love to check out how the wildlife are doing
Snorkeling the Red Sea Coast (Egypt) - as soon as things settle down, expect some great adventures form here. At 16 months, Arlo is already a pro at putting his head under the water and he's brushing up on his identification skills at aquariums across Europe.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Expect to see losts of skiing, sledging, walking, swimming, snorkeling, picnicking, exploring, wildlife spotting, growing our own veg, and travelling. Sometimes the journey can just be as exciting as the destination. We love planes, trains and automobiles, with boats, funiculars, cable cars, sledges and bikes thrown in for good measure.