Moors Valley Country Park is a popular destination for families, cyclists, dog walkers and adventurers, with good reason. The woodland trails are refreshing and stimulating and there is so much else to do besides walking – Go Ape, adventure playgrounds, a mini railway and much more. Visitors flock to Moors Valley all year round for a fun and relatively inexpensive day out.
Entry to the park is free but you do have to pay for parking (which, at the time of writing, is £10 for a whole day). You can pay with cash or by card and you need to know your car registration number in order to do so!
If you wish to have a go at Go Ape, Go Ape for juniors or Go Ape Segway, you must book in advance and you can do so here.
For mini hikers there is an exciting play trail, with different wooden play areas to discover along the way. You will also find a stunning tree top trail and adults can choose from walking and fitness trails. We normally stick to the play trail and my children adore exploring all the different play areas.
But perhaps the most exciting part of Moors Valley, as far as my children are concerned, is the miniature railway. You can buy your tickets at the kiosk by Lakeside station and the train takes you around Moors Lake to Kingsmere station, where you alight and change trains for the return to Lakeside. Kingsmere station is an actual mini train station complete with pedestrian bridge, station shop and waiting room. The whole journey takes about 20 minutes. The train is quite small and you have to straddle the seats, so buggies must be left at the station.
Another highlight for my children is the well-equipped adventure playground. This has two sections to cater for older and younger children. There are exciting slides, climbing frames, houses, a zip wire, swings and much more to tire the kids out with.
Moors Valley has plenty of picnic areas, so you needn’t spend any money on food or drink. One of the picnic areas even has a selection of gruffalo sculptures, which fans of the books will love. In an effort to encourage visitors to take their waste home with them, there are no rubbish bins on site.
If you choose to buy food at Moors Valley, you can visit Season’s restaurant. There you will find nutritious and tasty meals, tea, coffee, cakes and other snacks. It is on the expensive side, but no more so than any other attraction of its kind. It’s a nice, airy place for a hot drink and a bite to eat, but it can get very busy.
Your visit to Moors Valley can last a couple of hours or a whole day – there is so much to see and do. I highly recommend Moors Valley because, for a family day out, it never disappoints!
Find out more about Moors Valley Country Park at their website.
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