Campsites in Dorset
Dorset is famous, among many other things, for its dramatic Jurassic coastline featuring natural landmarks including Lulworth Cove, Chesil Beach and Durdle Door. This part of Dorset is a magnificent stretch of 200 million year old shoreline that has been designated a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its outstanding geological make-up.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside and rolling hills, this award winning site boasts a stunning location enabling you to enjoy the best of what Devon and Dorset have to offer. The site is very well equipped, boasting an onsite shop, children’s play area, special area for ball games, and wonderful coastal walks. Pets are also welcomed to the site, with designated dog walks available. The nearby Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre is home to interactive displays and information on fossils, fossil hunting and the local coastal and marine wildlife. Other local attractions include Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park, Forde Abbey and the Oak Bark Tannery.
This award-winning and beautiful campsite lies at the foot of the Purbeck Hills in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is plenty to do onsite including fishing, coastal walks and a children’s play area. Corfe Castle village is just a ten-minute walk from the site, while the town houses a Railway Museum and Model Village. The Swanage Railway steam trains also stop in the village, while a chain ferry operates between Studland and Poole and Bournemouth. There are a number of blue-flag beaches close by including Studland and Swanage. Other local attractions include the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve, the Tank Museum and Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre.
Surrounded by stunning countryside in the Heart of Thomas Hardy’s county of Wessex, this campsite is located near the south coast - a perfect base to explore Dorset’s beautiful, family-friendly beaches, downlands and heaths. Onsite children can enjoy a dedicated field for ball games and a play area, while there is plenty to amuse them in the local area too. Local attractions include Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Weymouth Sea Life Centre, the Terracotta Warriors Museum, the Tank Museum and the Swannery at Abbotsbury that holds feeding sessions attended by up to 1,000 swans. Bird watchers also have plenty to keep them occupied, with Radipole Lake and Lodmoor both local RSPB Nature Reserves.
Verwood, New Forest
This stunning campsite has an enviable location, close to the seaside resort of Bournemouth, the busy harbour of Poole and the untamed beauty of the New Forest. The New Forest has a fabulous choice of walk and cycle paths, while dog walkers are also catered for with a number of designated dog walks passing through the site. Local attractions include the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Walford Mill Craft Centre, The Dorset Heavy Horse Centre and Farm Park, Edmondsham House, Liberty's Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre and Go Ape!
More about Dorset
In addition to the prehistoric coastline, beautiful beaches and stunning scenery, Dorset is steeped in ancient history with an enormous naked chalk giant, magnificent castles and the largest hill fort in Europe. Camping in Dorset offers the perfect opportunity to try something new; so why not have a go at fossil hunting, or step back in time into the world of our ancient ancestors.
A county of contrast, Dorset is also home to vibrant holiday towns including Bournemouth, Lyme Regis, Poole, Swanage and Weymouth. Dorset also nurtures quaint market towns and tiny villages deep within its beautiful countryside which are well worth taking the time out to explore.
All campsites in Dorset offer plenty of activities, with major attractions within easy reach including Corfe Castle, country parks, historic houses and gardens, and a plethora of fascinating museums. With clean air, stunning views and charming little towns full of shops and eateries to explore, camping in Dorset is the perfect holiday choice!
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