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Avon Heath Country Park

LOCALITY: Ringwood, Dorset
DISTANCE: 3 miles (4.83 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, There & back, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs, T
oilets, Cafe

GRADIENT: Quite steep in places
TERRAIN: Medium
OS MAP: New Forest

Walk description:

From Ringwood head along the A31 towards Ferndown. Along this route you will see brown signs for Avon Heath Country Park.

There are two entrances with car parks. You want the south car park which is at the main entrance to the park. They are both pay and display car parks.

In the main car park you will see a visitors centre which is opened from eleven to four. From here you can collect a map showing the trails available. Also you can ask advice as to which trail is best suited to you.

The trail that they suggest that is more suitable to wheelchairs and buggies is the blue trail. This starts from the back of the visitors centre and is marked out by blue marks on posts of wood.

From the back of the visitors centre, go right along a gravel trail. follow the trail around to the left and walk all the way along until you come to a left turning before a cattle grid.

Turn left here and walk along this trail until you come to a turning left that is sign posted back to the visitors centre.

Depending on what kind of buggy or wheelchair you have will decide on what other trail you can try. It will also depend on how fit you are.

You can start on one trail and change over to another trail as you go, depending on your ability. If you have a map from the visitor centre you will be able to work out which way you are heading.

The terrain varies from trail to trail. Some areas are made up of wide small gravel pathway and other have sandy areas. Also if it has been wet some areas can be muddy.

There is a wide gravel road that goes around the inside boarders of the park that is used by the park's vehicles. This is better suited for wheelchairs and buggies.

There are steep slopes on some parts of the trails, but if there is not an alternative trail at the start of the slope you can turn around and head back to a different trail.

An all terrain buggy would be ideal for this park.


Additional notes:

There are four trail between three quarters of a mile and two and a half miles long. The trails go between areas of heathland, trees and wildlife.

In front of the visitors centre there are toilets which include a disabled toilet. There is also a cafe and a small children recreation area.

The Park is well worth a visit.

For more information ring 01425 478470/478082. Alternatively you can look on the internet at www.dorsetcountryside.co.uk


18/08/2008 | Walk posted by cathy nettley

Walks With Buggies User Reviews

Avon Heath Country Park

24/04/2009 | Reviewed by Cass Scholz

This route describes entry to the park without using pay and display car parks.
Coming from Ringwood on
the A31 turn right at the Little Chef/Travellodge roundabout instead of left into Avon Heath Country Park.
Then turn immediately right into Ringwood Road/Service Road, follow this road for about a mile past a church
on your left until you see the pedestrian foot bridge over the A31 on your right.There are some parking bays
at the foot bridge or park in nearby residential roads. When you cross the pedestrian bridge turn right up a
slight incline --all paths on your right will take you to the visitors centre. If you stay on the path all the
way straight ahead until you come to the T junction, turn right--this will take you to the visitors centre.

When you leave the visitor's centre turn left into the park--you can go left or straight ahead and
then left--this will take you back to the pedestrian bridge. This walk is a round walk for about 3 miles./> The shortest route is right after the pedestrian bridge up the incline and right again--coming back stay
left all the way and you're back at the bridge.