Verwood local area information
Verwood is a small town on the East Dorset/Hampshire border which has a vibrant local community.The heart of the town features a range of local shops, a village green, public library, memorial hall, recreation ground with excellent children’s play area and free parking by way of both street parking and a large public car park. The local Morrisons Supermarket store was rebuilt in 2014 and is a large, modern facility with petrol station, in-house cafe and pharmacy and is located approximately half a mile from the town centre. Verwood has three first schools, and a middle school with upper schools being located in Wimborne and Ferndown each served by a school bus service.
At the heart of its community amenities is ‘’The Hub’’ which was built in 2007. This facility contains a 300 seat theatre, bistro, a smaller 100 seat hall, several function rooms and a fully equipped state of the art gymnasium. The Hub hosts films, amateur dramatics productions and concerts as well as many other events all year round catering for the whole spectrum of the local community.
Verwood offers sporting facilities for children and adults alike with superb outdoor facilities. Potterne Park offers Football, Rugby, Tennis Cricket, flood lit 3G Multi Surface pitches, Fitness Trail and modern pavilion and is the home of Verwood Town Football Club who represent the town in the Sydenhams (Wessex) Football League and FA Cup. The vibrant and well respected Rossgarth Youth Football club has teams in all age groups ranging from U6 through to U18 playing in both Bournemouth and Dorset Youth leagues and can boast the likes of professionals Eddie Howe, Matt Tubbs and Ben Reeves having passed through its junior ranks.
A state of the art floodlit concrete skate park is also located at Potterne, being popular with local BMX riders, Scooter riders, Skateboarders and Roller bladders with local competitions held at various times throughout the year. Emmanuel Middle School hosts Netball and its recently built sports hall is available for public use and frequently hosts fitness clubs and the local Badminton club. Moors Valley Country Park is a short, picturesque walk from Potterne Park, with purpose built trails along the banks of the River Crane which meanders through the park areas and the excellently maintained Moors Valley Golf Course.
Situated just outside the Verwood boundary heading towards Cranborne is the superb Crane Valley Golf Club, which has both 18 hole and 9 hole Parkland courses, Driving Range, Club Shop, Bar, Restaurant and Changing Facilities and offers a challenging round of golf for both members and pay as you play golfers alike.
Verwood is bordered by Ringwood Forest, a working pine forest, which provides mile upon mile of gravel tracks ideal for walking, mountain biking, horse riding as well as hosting orienteering club events and sled dog meets.
Verwood is bordered by areas of natural beauty in all directions. Approximately 5 miles North of Verwood lays the New Forest National Park, an area of natural outstanding beauty with woodland, heather fields, meandering streams and quaint villages through which ponies donkeys and deer wander freely.
To the South, 10 miles away, are the towns of Bournemouth & Poole and their 7 miles of award winning golden sand beaches and harbours which play home to an array of watersports, with the Jurassic Coast of the Isle of Purbeck being just a short ferry ride away for those who enjoy spectacular and historic coastline scenery.
Travel a short distance south-west and rural farmland countryside dominates the landscape with mile after mile of hedge rows, green and golden fields and haymaking abound to make you feel you are stepping back in time.
Verwood has excellent transport links with the A31 trunk road providing easy access to the M27 and M3 meaning the cities of Southampton, Winchester and even London are never far away.