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Camping in the New Forest

Campsites in the New Forest

The landscape of the New Forest is unique with woodland, open heathland, river and coastal habitats of which all has a huge role in the parks nature conservation. Discover our New Forest campsites here.

1 New Forest Campsites

Verwood
South West England, Dorset
5 (204)

Handy for Poole, Bournemouth and the sandy beaches of the south coast.

Key Facilities
  • The site has flushing toilet facilities.
  • Showers on site.
  • There are washbasins on site.
  • The site has dedicated accessible facilities for disabled campers, including level access shower and equipment.
  • There is a motorhome service point on site for disposal of grey waste and filling up of fresh water. Some Club Sites may also offer a stop off service for none camping members on payment of a small fee (please check with site or on dedicated web page).
  • Pets welcome on site.
  • There is a designated dog walk on site.

Verwood

Although not actually in the New Forest National Park, our Verwood Club Site is perfectly located just outside the Park’s central western boundary.

More about camping in the New Forest

When camping in the New Forest you’re likely to see some of the 3,000 ponies. They’ve lived in the forest for 2,000 years and are as close to being wild as ponies can get! Other free roaming animals include deer, cattle, donkeys, pigs and sheep.

The New Forest is also a stronghold for bats. It’s thought that 13 out of the 18 UK species can be found here. And all six species of deer found in the wild in the UK have been recorded at various times in the New Forest too, although you’re most likely to see fallow and roe deer.

One of the special qualities of the National Park is the freedom it offers to campers across unenclosed land. There is 143 miles of track suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding.

Things to do in the New Forest

There are over 100 miles of way-marked cycle tracks across the Crown Lands of the Forest, including many off-road routes (please ensure you stick to way-marked routes at all times), many of these pass through some of the forest’s most popular spots.

Walking is one of the best ways to see and exerience the National Park and New Forest. The area is criss-crossed with numerous tracks and trails with car parking at many of the starting points. Guided walks led by Forestry Commission Rangers are another great way to see the forest. On windy days head to Whitemoor Common east of Verwood Club campsite, for kite flying and Bolderwood with its cycle and deer watch traills.

Hatchet Pond (the largest body of water in the forest) near Beaulieu (east of Verwood Club Site) is great for nature watching and coarse fishing.

The Beaulieu River Nature Reserve offer canoeing, kayaking and archery.

Places to visit

East of Verwood Club campsite, Lyndhurst at the National Park’s heart is home to the New Forest Heritage Centre. South east of Verwood Club Site is Beaulieu with the National Motor Museum, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey. Bucklers Hard on the banks of the Beaulieu River offers an insight into life in an 18th century shipbuilding village. The spectacular 200-acre Exbury Gardens are a hop across the river just outside Exbury itself. The gardens are famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. North east of Verwood Club Site Paulton’s Family Theme Park has over 60 rides and attractions and is home to Peppa Pig World.

Worth noting

Verwood Club campsite is also handy for the sandy beaches of the Bournemouth and Poole areas and the beautiful Hengistbury Head.

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