Moors Valley, Durlston, Avon Heath and other parks are reopening

Moors Valley Country Park view over forest

Moors Valley, Durlston, Avon Heath and Thorncombe Woods are reopening from 9am on Tuesday 26th May following closure resulting from COVID-19 restrictions. However, play areas, cafes, visitor centres and cycle hire will remain closed for visitor and staff safety.

Following the easing of Government restrictions, parks are set to reopen to allow people to go on walks, enjoy the countryside and to exercise. Some places, such as Durdle Door and certain National Trust sites have already reopened.

Differences you can expect at the reopened parks will include the provision of hand sanitiser, and frequent signs reminding you of the 2 metre social distancing rules which are still in effect, as per Dorset Council’s statement.

Dorset Online has also been informed that picnic tables and other seating areas have been moved apart to allow social distancing.

Before you travel, keep in mind that usual parking charges apply at any paid car parks.

“We understand that people are keen to get outdoors, so our country park teams and our partners Forestry England at Moors Valley, have worked hard to put in measures to help visitors enjoy the parks whilst protecting their health during the current pandemic.

“As you can appreciate, we’ve had to make a number of changes to the way our country parks are operated so they can be reopened.

“This is a new experience for us all, and the teams on site will do their best to make sure everyone has an enjoyable time. The range of measures means there may be queues for facilities, including parking and toilets. Please be patient and understanding and respect others.

“By following the government rules on social distancing, and staying alert, we hope everyone will be able to enjoy our country parks.”

Councillor Peter Wharf, Dorset Council deputy leader
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