Located on the edge of the New Forest is the historic market town of Ringwood. It is located on the River Avon and the quaint high street, with shops set in period buildings, is a busy hub on a Saturday morning. The usual amenities aside, Ringwood boasts two large supermarkets, numerous beauty salons, a state of the art gym, and many societies and clubs that cater to a variety of hobbies. People of all ages love living in Ringwood, particularly for its closeness to the picturesque New Forest.
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Moving to Ringwood
There are some beautiful properties in Ringwood and those on the banks of the River Avon are a premium offering. The property market is buoyant and detached homes make up the majority of sales, along with many Victorian properties.
Huge detached homes and riverside properties can fall anywhere between £450,000 and £2.5 million. Ample family sized detached homes vary between £220,000 and £450,000, whereas semi-detached properties fall into the £160,000 to £400,000 bracket. Terraced homes are upwards of £150,000 and flats, £95,000 minimum.
If you would prefer to rent in Ringwood, one bed flats start at £575 pcm and rise to £725 pcm for two bedrooms. Quaint two bed terraced are upwards of £800 pcm. Family sized semi-detached homes fall between £975 pcm and £1500 pcm and detached homes vary between £1100 pcm and £3500 pcm.
Schools in Ringwood
Families living in Ringwood benefit from a range of well performing primary and secondary schools. Burley Primary is ‘good’ in the eyes of Ofsted, as is Poulner Infant School. However, Poulner Junior School ‘requires improvement’. Similarly, Ringwood Infants is ‘outstanding’ whereas Ringwood Junior School ‘requires improvement’. St Ives First School is very popular and also an ‘outstanding’ primary school.
Ringwood School is the only local state secondary school and also benefits from having a sixth form. During its latest Ofsted inspection, it was found to be ‘good’ and the behaviour and safety of pupils is ‘outstanding’.
Alternatively, Ringwood Waldorf School is an independent school for boys and girls aged three to 18.
Transport Links Ringwood
Ringwood benefits from being in close proximity to the A31 and A338, meaning the M3 is just 10 miles away. Bournemouth is a 20-minute drive, Southampton just 35 minutes, and Portsmouth is 50 minutes’ drive.
The market town also has a large coach and bus station. There are frequent National Express coaches travelling to and from London, as well as Wilts and Dorset buses travelling to surrounding locations throughout Dorset, Wiltshire, and Hampshire. There are also a multitude of local buses serving Ringwood, Poulner, and Hightown.
The nearest railway stations to Ringwood are Christchurch and Hinton Admiral, both around a 20 minute drive away.