Campsite suggestions – some visited, some not, buyer beware!

(Suggestions/feedback gratefully received!)

Click on the name of the campsite to go through to websites or contact info.

2 miles North of Cerne Abbas – Lyons Gate – a Fishery too!

Middlemarsh, a bit further N of Cerne Abbas Greenfields

Cerne Abbas – Giants Head – very helpful and used to DofE teams

Nr Shaftesbury – Blackmore Vale Camping – behind the garage

Stourton Caundle – The Trooper Inn – Camping and Caravanning Club 

Cranborne Chase – Church Farm – earplugs for light sleepers (ie the leaders)!

Burnbake – not far from Swanage, they usually put Exped teams in a different field to the family campers.

Renscombe, Purbeck – Poole and Dorset Adventure Centre – bunks and camping

Wareham Forest – Carey Camp – super place and easy to access much walking

Dorset Scout’s Campsite – Buddens Farm, near Wareham – not great footpath access,

Woodyhyde – near Corfe Castle

Norden Farm – just outside Corfe Castle

Acton Field – Langton Matravers

Steeple Leaze Farm campsite which is in Steeple, nr Kimmeridge.

Harmans Cross, between Corfe and Swanage

West Dorset – Bagwell Farm – near the sea and very friendly staff

On the A37 nr Dorchester – Clay Pigeon – not sure if still taking campers – worth an ask

Thorncombe Farm, Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester

Higher Moor Farm campsite, Nottington, Weymouth

White Horse Campsite, Osmington, Weymouth

Hook Farm at Lyme Regis

More Dorset Scout Campsites – some a little basic, but quiet!

A review on more Dorset sites from The Guardian – a few to try we think!

Gundrys Farm which is at Three Legged Cross, Wimborne

New Forest – Camping in the Forest (includes other UK Forests)

New Forest – Braggers Wood – Scout campsite – Dave’s gr8!

New Forest, near Lyndhurst – Fernycrofts – Scout campsite – a bit hard to camp near the loo

block but endless activities

New Forest – Foxlease Girl Guide Centre 

New Forest – Tile Barn Outdoor Ed Centre – impressive!

New Forest – Red Shoot Camping Park – behind the pub!

Quantocks – Moorhouse – very helpful and have a site at West Bagborough too

Porlock – Sparkhayes campsite – good as a base camp – but may have an issue with cards – check

Okehampton, N Dartmoor – YHA – become a YHA Member and enjoy good camping rates to include inside access to loos, showers, games room, lounge and self catering kitchen

Powdermills and Dewerstone Bunkhouses – Spirit of Adventure – great winter training bases

Postbridge, Dartmoor – Runnage Farm – bunkhouses very useful in the winter!

Princetown, Dartmoor – Plume of Feathers – can be midgy in the small camping area

Princetown, Dartmoor – newly refurbished – Prince of Wales 

Farm sites on Dartmoor – very basic and sometimes a bit poohy – go with an open mind!

Harford, Dartmoor Bunkhouse

Campsite websites: Useful to trawl through if you’re really stuck!