Wessex Accessible Cycling Club
Wessex Accessible Cycling Club (WACC) are a CTC affiliated group. The centre is funded by Big Lottery and is a joint project run by both the local council, the Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership, and the Forestry Commission. It contains a Visitor Centre with a Restaurant, a Child's Play Trail, a Minature Railway and most importantly in excess of 20 miles of traffic free cycle routes.
WACC were established in 2008 and purchased a number of cycles through a variety of grants that were available to them. The centre initially organised rides for anyone who could not ride a conventional bike, from a variety of locations throughout east Dorset and transported adapted cycles to these points. The logistics of this however proved quite difficult so in 2014 they formed a partnership with Moors Valley Country Park and Forest.
The partnership enabled them to store their adapted cycles at the park and run their rides from there, which proved to be more successful and led to the Moors Valley Country Park Centre being established. For more information please go to the Wessex Accessible Cycling Club Website.
Moors Valley Country Park and Forest is located on the Dorset / Hampshire border and offers cyclists of all-abilities a wealth of forest paths to cycle and explore, from level and smooth routes through to challenging slopes and bumby ones. Please consult the forest trails map.
If you are unable to commit the time to volunteer for this centre, have a fundraising idea, know of any grants that may be available, or know a great way to promote WACC, please contact them.
On Adapted Bikes at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest
- Cycling takes place at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest.
- Riders cycle on natural forest trails, which are well-trodden, gravel or tarmac surfaces.
- Please consult the forest trails map for routes.
- Their adapted fleet includes handcycles, a recumbent hand tricycle, trailer bikes, trikes and a relaxino.
- By the end of Summer 2015 the centre will be able to offer more handcycles, both the wheelchair attachment and the recumbent types, conventional trikes and semi-recumbent trikes, both a two wheeled tandem and a tandem trike, a side by side tandem and a tagalong.
- Conventional bikes are available for family and carers to join in.
- Please book an introductory session to be matched with an suitable adapted bike.
- Thereafter, just book a weekly group led-ride, through the forest.
- All rides are led by qualified instructors.
- All levels of ability are welcome, rides will be planned to suit everyones ability.
- For the adventurous the centre offers Cycle Orienteering and Night Cycling
Want to know more about who inclusive cycle centres cater for? Check out CTCs What is inclusive cycling? or contact us (see contact details above).
Sessions are funded, so free.
Donations are appreciated to assist the upkeep of bikes
Want to help? There are various ways in which you could volunteer:
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Moor Valley Country Park and Forest
Ashley Heath, near Ringwood
By Bike: near NCN route 256, on local routes
By Bus: 327, 718
By Road: near A31, A338
By Rail: Christchurch
Open: All year
Tuesdays, 10:30am til 12pm
Thursdays, 10:30am til 12pm
Additional sessions on arrangement