Dorset is absolutely teeming with things to see and do. As well as seaside towns and attractions, there is also plenty of natural beauty including iconic landmarks like Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and the rest of the Jurassic Coast. What better way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors than to go camping? Here is our guide to the best campsites in Dorset.
Tarrant Valley Camping
Perched on a hill in the Tarrant Valley, Tarrant Valley Camping is a picturesque, peaceful location perfect for relaxing with friends and family. Get in on the back to basics feel with a pitch in pretty farm countryside from this pop up campsite. It’s a perfect choice for anyone looking for a touch of wilderness that’s not too far from civilization. Facilities include free standing loos and drinking water taps. There is a farm shop within walking distance that has plenty of supplies and fresh produce. Showers are not provided.
Omaha Meadows Campsite
Omaha Meadows Campsite is a peaceful and relaxing spot to enjoy the outdoors with the whole family. It’s situated on the edge of Moors Valley Country Park where there are plenty of walks, cycle routes, fishing, golf, segways, Go ape and a model railway. The campsite’s facilities include male and female toilets and showers, recycling facilities and an information room. Less than a mile away is the village of Verwood, where you can find several pubs, a supermarket, petrol station and local shops.
Clayford Field Camping
Clayford Field Camping is a simple, back to basics site just 10 minutes drive from Ferndown. The campsite is surrounded by places to get out and stretch your legs, including the Holt Heath National Nature Reserve, Uddens Parks and Ferndown Forest. The site is a short half hour drive to the beach, and only 10 minutes drive from the nearest supermarkets and restaurants. Facilities include toilet block, shower, free wifi, recycling and fresh water standpipe.
Harrow Wood Farm Caravan Park
Set in 80 acres of farmland on the edge of the New Forest just inside the New Forest National Park, Harrow Wood Farm Caravan Park is suitable for families. There is an on site course fishing lake for your relaxation and a one mile circular farm walk to enjoy the animals and surroundings. Facilities include clean and spacious showers, disabled bathroom, washing up area, a laundrette and free wifi.
Weston Dairy Campsite
Weston Dairy Campsite is an ideal place to enjoy Dorset’s natural beauty. Situated on the Jurassic Coast in the village of Worth Matravers, the campsite is surrounded by rolling hills, glorious sunsets and wonderful sea views. Facilities include hot showers, clean toilets, a small catering shed serving bacon baps, homemade cakes, local burgers, ice creams and hot and cold drinks. There is a public footpath which takes you into the village where you’ll find a local pub.
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Set on an organic farm, Galton Campsite is a back to basics campsite which offers access to the stunning coast between Weymouth and Poole. It’s a great spot to explore the Purbeck Heritage Coast, and Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Osmington are just 15 minutes away. Campsite facilities include toilets, showers and a washing up area. Close by you’ll find a garden centre and farm shop.
Portesham Dairy Farm Campsite
Nestled in the Dorset countryside, Portesham Dairy Farm Campsite is only a 15 minute drive from Weymouth and the Jurassic Coast. This family-run site is surrounded by patchwork fields, and there is plenty of space for kids to run around in. Facilities include communal buildings with hair dryers and shaving points, a portable building with toilets, showers and washing up room, a laundrette, a dishwashing space, baby changing facilities and wifi. Nearby, there is a rustic farm shop, cafe and pub.
This small, family-run campsite is situated in the beautiful Hardy Country, only 10 miles from the Jurassic Coast. Right next to the campsite you’ll find the open woods of Puddletown and Thorncombe, with endless miles of traffic-free cycling, walking trails and horse riding paths. It’s a simple site, and facilities include showers (paid via card system), toilets and a washing up area. There are also fire pits and firewood for sale.
This friendly, family-run campsite has magnificent views of Weymouth Bay. The 13 acre camping field is the perfect base to explore the surrounding coast and countryside. Although situated in the peaceful hamlet of Osmington Mills, the site is only 5 miles from Weymouth and all its amenities. The site’s facilities include two modern toilet blocks, both with showers, hairdryer points, shaver points and washing up facilities. In the lower block, there is a disabled toilet and laundry room. You’ll also find a well-stocked shop selling basic provisions, as well as two fishing lakes. Just a short walk away are two pubs serving homemade food and drink.
Hook Farm Camping
Located in the East Devon designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Hook Farm boasts beautiful views across the valley. It’s the perfect place to stargaze, as the area is a designated dark valley. A 30 minute riverside walk will take you to Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast. Facilities include two shower blocks, laundry room, tourist information area, wifi and a shop selling camping basics. During the school holidays, there are caterers onsite one night per week. You’ll also find a local pub and village store a short walk away.