The Ringwood Town Council website describes the town as the Jewel of the New Forest. Sadly it neglects to make any mention of the town’s football club, which has been in existance since its formation in 1879. The omission is a shame, as although possessing relatively little in terms of facilities, Ringwood’s Long Lane ground is clearly a well looked-after if modest Hampshire League ground.
It is a short walk to the playing area from the car park, and there is a clubhouse to the right as one walks up. On the near touchline is a brick-built shelter, with three rows of wooden benches, erected in memory of supporter Bob Streeter in 2003, and funded with the aid of the FA and Football Trust.
The ground has floodlights and for connoisseurs of the genre, there are a couple of rather attractive dugouts on the opposite touchine, constructed from breezeblock and timber.
Seats: 50 benches
From the A31 in the town, turn south into Mansfield Road (B3347). Follow this for some way before turning left into Moorfields. Long Lane is the first turning on the right.
Rail & Buses
There is no railway station in Ringwood. Wilts and Dorset run bus services to Bournemouth, Poole, Southampton, Christchurch and Salisbury with local services into the New Forest, Burley and Brockenhurst. Tel: (01202) 673555.