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Avon Heath Country Park

Birch Road
St. Ives
BH24 2DA

Avon Heath Country Park takes its name from the very special heathland habitat. This could be found extensively in Dorset but has reduced in area by 85% over the past 200 years. Considerable conservation work goes on, involving the RSPB, to restore the heathland and enhance its value for wildlife.

The large areas of heathland are scattered with trees, while purple banks of flowering heather provide a stunning sight in the summer. You may also be lucky enough to see some of the rare birds - the Dartford Warbler and Nightjar are just two of the internationally rare species - and reptiles that make Avon heath their home.

The North Park contains the visitor centre and facilities and has a large pay and display car park. There are a number of waymarked trails of up to 2½ miles in length. Local walkers and cyclists have direct access to the park via the Bridleway Bridge over the A31 dual carriageway.

The South Park has extensive views across to the coast and beyond to the Isle of Wight, while inland a panorama of North Dorset can be seen. South Park is connected to North Park by a bridleway of about ½ mile. Matchams View is a relatively small area providing superb views across much of the River Avon as it winds its way southwards to Christchurch.

A waymarked trail of just over ½ mile takes you through tall conifers. Of particular interest is the embankment where the original railway from Ringwood to Christchurch (and later Bournemouth) once ran.

General Information:

  • Visitor centre
  • Countryside shop
  • Organised events
  • Waymarked trails
  • Picnic areas and BBQ hire
  • Children's play area
  • Café
  • Toilets and telephone
  • Well behaved dogs are welcome

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2 miles west of Ringwood on A31. Follow the signposts.

Avon Heath Country Park Postcode for SatNav: BH24 2DA


+44 (0)1425 478 470 (visitor centre)
+44 (0)1425 478 082

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