Camping in Jurassic Coast

Fossil-dotted beaches, open bays, and crumbling cliffs make up the UNESCO-listed Jurassic Coast.

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12 top campsites in Jurassic Coast

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Sweet Hill Farm

10 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Dorset, South West England
Simple, almost-wild, seaside camping on the Isle of Portland
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Bincombe Bumps Camping

99 units · Motorhomes, Tents20 acres · Weymouth, Dorset, South West England
View-tastic camping overlooking Weymouth and the Jurassic Coast, with campfires, good food, and occasional music.
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Cider Farm Orchard Campsite

14 units · Tents20 acres · Dorset, South West England
Adult-only camping amid the apple blossom of an award-winning cider orchard
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Brig's Farm

21 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · Bridport, Dorset, South West England
Family camping with campfires near Charmouth, with sea views and a couple of quirky glamping lorries
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Southover Woods and Camping

15 units · Glamping, Tents60 acres · Dorset, South West England
Nearly wild camping in a vast Dorset woodland
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Bridgewood Camping

3 units · Glamping, Tents6 acres · Sherborne, England
We have 6 acres of woodland with pitches spaced out, some can become adjoining pitches for friends wanting to pitch close. You can nestle in the trees with a hammock, bivy or tent. Have a firepit and surround yourself in nature. Just off a main road means you can venture to town or endless countryside. Pitch... (2 Adults, 1 tent, 1 Car)... £30.00/night Additional Adult (17yrs+) .......... £15.00/night Additional Young Person (2-16yrs) ... £10.00/night Additional Young Person (0-1yr) ... £5.00/night *well be-haved, leashed Dogs ... £10.00/night Additional CAR .... £5.00 Each pitch has concrete slabs for firepit siting. Free use of 1 firepit per pitch when purchasing logs/kindling from us. Log trug £5.00 and kindling £1.50 per bundle. WE DO NOT ALLOW WOOD OR KINDLING FROM OTHER SOURCES TO BE BROUGHT OR USED IN OUR WOODLAND - because of the risk of disease or pests being introduced into our environment from an unknown source may harm/kill or be detrimental to our Ancient Woodland. We provide rubbish bins, trolleys for you to convey your equipment to our designated pitches, loo roll in our loo huts, sun (solar) heated shower bags, mains water stand pipe and the fresh air in which to unwind. Our aim is to provide somewhere rather than a traditional field for camping, with as much as possible to spend time OFF-GRID and promote a 'LEAVE NO TRACE' ethos! If you want a quiet break with time for reflection, flora and fauna, wildlife and an appreciation of your surroundings our woodland is for you, however, if you prefer modern day luxuries and are put off by slightly inclement weather carefully consider all the above! We will aim to help where we can and very much look forward to Welcoming you for your stay. Thank you.
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Misty Meadows Camp

19 units · Glamping10 acres · Dorchester, England
Misty Meadows is a lovely rural pop up campsite open for August only. There is a small lake and a shallow meandering river which you can paddle in. We have flush toilets and home made rustic showers with hot water. There are 20 unfurnished bell tents to hire and also plenty of space to pitch your
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Flowerdew Farm

10 units · Glamping, Tents2 acres · Bridport, Dorset, South West England
Flowerdew Farm is a eco friendly two acre working alpaca and goat smallholding, glamping and camping site. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty on West Dorset’s stunning Jurassic coast, surrounded by stunning views. Perfect for those that want to experience sleeping next to our alpacas and goats; go explore the beautiful Dorset beaches; of for those that want to adventure off on a hike. We also offer animal experiences for those that want to meet our animals.
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Coppet Hill

18 units · Glamping, Tents600 acres · Bridport, England
Wildlife-friendly camping and glamping with private loos at each pitch, 15 minutes' drive from the coast
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Higher Hogleaze Farm

35 units · Motorhomes, Tents4 acres · Weymouth, Dorset, South West England
Situated 5 miles in from the stunning Jurassic Coast you'll find this little slice of tranquility that we call home. This peaceful site is ideally set close to not only the Jurassic coastline, but Dorchester too. A perfect retreat for those looking to explore nearby nature and see some amazing sunrises and sunsets. There are non electric and electric grass pitches for campers, featuring lovely countryside views that stretch for miles. There are also a couple of hardstanding picthes with electric hook up, suitable for caravans, campervans and motorhomes. Venture to Weymouth, just a 25 minute drive away and enjoy the golden sands beaches and incredible attractions, fun for all! Dogs are welcome and as there are so many nearby trails, this is a lovely retreat for you and your furry pals. The site is open on bank holidays and weekends between 29th July and 29th August.
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Charisworth Farm

28 units · Glamping, Tents8 acres · Dorset, South West England
A spacious campsite in a traditional parkland setting, with campfires allowed and farm animals to meet
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Bredy Farm

100 units · Motorhomes, Tents30 acres · Bridport, England
Back-to-basics camping on a Dorset farm with a party vibe at weekends
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Camping in Jurassic Coast guide

Overview

Sweeping along 95 miles of plunging cliffs and honey-coloured beaches, from Exmouth in Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset, the soul-stirringly spectacular Jurassic Coast is England’s original natural World Heritage Site. Much of it falls within a string of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), which means the coast is a protected, unspoiled dream—a rare find on the south coast of England. This is great news for campers in two ways. Firstly, its beaches are, for the most part, backed by natural cliffs rather than rows of houses and hotels. And, secondly, the low-impact nature of camping means that sites are sometimes allowed where other accommodation is not. Some of the best campsites on the Jurassic Coast are those on the cliff tops—quite literally a stone’s throw from the beach. Camping will get you closest to the coast you’ve come to discover, whether you spend time cycling or hiking the South West Coast Path or diving into the Channel for some water sports. Plus, its geologically fascinating coastline is the best place for fossil hunting in the UK.

Where to go

East Dorset

Dorset, like neighbouring Devon and Cornwall beyond it, is a classic camping destination. With green countryside stretching all the way to the cliffs, it’s possible to wake up to sea views in one direction and countryside vistas in the other. In good weather, classic camping in spots like these is hard to beat. The majority of the Jurassic Coast sits in Dorset and is protected by the 436-square-mile Dorset AONB (one of England’s largest). This easternmost section, around Weymouth and Purbeck, is the most recently formed (a casual 65 to 140 million years old) and takes in headlining sights such as Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Old Harry Rocks, and the fairy-tale castles at Corfe and Lulworth. There’s wonderful snorkelling, swimming, dolphin-spotting, mountain biking, and coasteering, plus opportunities for hiking, cycling, and horse riding high above along the cliffs.

West Dorset

The astonishingly picturesque, 18-mile-long Chesil Beach is arguably the star of Dorset’s western Jurassic Coast, which extends from the rocky Isle of Portland to Lyme Regis near the Devon border. But there’s plenty more—from fossil-strewn footpaths to charming coastal towns and villages such as Charmouth and West Bay—and it’s all set against the grey limestone, Jurassic-era cliffs that define this patch of south-facing coast. The many coast-hugging camping spots in West Dorset are perfect for rounding off a busy day of cycling, swimming, walking, or water sports. Look out for basic, seasonal campsites near the coast, farm campsites with cuddly resident animals, and places where you can park up, hook up, and kick back with fantastic facilities.

Devon’s Jurassic Coast

A series of cascading, rust-toned cliffs dating back 250 million years, East Devon’s littoral is the oldest stretch of the Jurassic Coast. Overlooking sandy gold beaches and the English Channel, it’s part of the 103-square-mile East Devon AONB and runs from Exmouth to the Dorset border. With scattered campsites and caravanning spots (from unbelievably scenic cliff-top sites to secluded stays on country farms), it makes an ideal outdoor escape. Unmissable stops include Beer’s chalk cliffs and stone quarries, the Regency town of Sidmouth, and Ladram Bay. Coasteering, paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming, and boat trips are all part of the fun, not to mention thrilling hikes and cycles along the cliff-top paths.

Fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast

If you’re going camping on the Jurassic Coast with the aim of finding fossils, you might want to head for a campsite near a fossil-hunting hot spot—Kimmeridge Bay, Lyme Regis, and Charmouth are all good hunting grounds. Just don’t hammer into the rocks—only pick up loose fossils you find. And if you’re not sure what you’re looking for, how about joining an expert from the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre or the Lyme Regis Museum on an organised fossil-finding hunt? Both also feature fossil displays and lots of information on finds from the past.

The best beaches on the Jurassic Coast

Sandy beaches, rockpooling bays, secret and not-so secret coves—the Jurassic Coast is home to the lot. Whatever it is that entices you to this stunning stretch of coastline in Dorset and Devon, you’ll find a beach that meets your needs.

A special area of conservation, Kimmeridge Bay is a great place to rockpool and snorkel with a snorkel trail to follow in the summer months. Charmouth also has charm beyond fossil hunting—its east and west beaches (separated by a footbridge over the River Char) are mainly shingle with sandy expanses at low tide. The gentle slope of the beach and easy accessibility from the beachside car park mean it is a family-friendly place to splash about. Nearby Lyme Regis beach is the place to head to if you want a few more facilities. A small sandy beach sits sheltered by the town’s famous harbour arm, The Cobb, which is backed by cafes, ice cream kiosks, and places to buy buckets and spades.

Perhaps the most photographed and instantly-recognisable beach on the Jurassic Coast is Durdle Door. The background of countless selfies, this limestone arch, formed by erosion, stands just offshore of a shingle beach backed by cliffs. Descend to the beach for a closer view on a well-worn pathway and steep steps, or head to nearby Lulworth Cove to join a boat trip and see it from the water. Boat trip or not, the small-mouthed Lulworth Cove is another of the best beaches along this stretch of coast with a natural harbour. Its pebbly beach is perfect to swim from. For sand, if you’re not near Lyme Regis, which is slap bang in the middle of the Jurassic coast, you might want to look to either end of it. The well-known towns of Swanage, at the Dorset east end, and Exmouth, in Devon, have both been attracting holidaymakers since Victorian times.

Rainy day activities on the Jurassic Coast

If you’re forced into a day off the beach, there are plenty of attractions to visit on the Jurassic Coast. Try the Lyme Regis Museum, visit the Charmouth Heritage Centre, or if you want to find out about the coastline’s heritage, check out the West Bay Discovery Centre (which sits in the town where the TV series Broadchurch was filmed). Away from the shoreline, there’s Corfe Castle and the steam trains of the Swanage Railway that puffs past it. Further inland and also owned by the National Trust, but on an altogether different scale, is Thomas Hardy’s Cottage. This is the site where the writer was born amid the scenery he immortalised in books like Far From the Madding Crowd and Under the Greenwood Tree. For something completely different, kids love Monkey World, while adults might like to sample the fine produce or even a cookery course at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage.

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