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Southover Woods
11 reviews
· Dorchester, England
60 acres
12 units
1 Glamping
11 Tent
Nearly wild camping in a vast Dorset woodland
All the joy of wild camping is offered at Southover Woods in rural Dorset – with one or two of the rough edges taken away. For one thing, this is a bonafide campsite so there’s no worries over being asked to move on and, for another, there’s the important business of access to a loo. Nonetheless, these small concessions to campsite life can't take away from the back-to-nature experience of camping here in rustic woodland surroundings. You can't drive to your pitch, pop into a clubhouse or pick up supplies from the campsite shop but you can truly immerse yourself in nature. You can sling a hammock between trees, you can have acres of wood to yourself and you can enjoy the simple pleasures of going off grid: campfires, birdsong and breathing easy among the trees. The choice of pitches at Southover Woods is more like a choice of separate campsites. Biggest of the lot is the enormous Tenders Pitch which offers a yurt, an outdoor kitchen shelter, its own facilities and space for up to 30 people to pitch tents together among the trees. At the other end of the scale are Decanter, Lordship and Villager pitches; these well-spaced clearings in the trees each sleep up to eight and share a loo and shower. And, if you prefer to be bathed in sunshine, the meadow pitches at the edge of Southover Woods will be just right for you. The whole idea here is to offer people the chance to relax in nature and if you embrace that idea, you could spend your weekend or week right here; the woods stretch to 60 acres after all. But the paths that criss-cross the woodland are a tempting way to explore too. The long-distance Hardy Way and Jubilee Trail offer alluring routes to follow to nearby rivers and villages. Beyond that, if you’re happy to get back in the car, there’s all of Dorset to explore including its Jurassic Coast, just half an hour’s drive away.
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Hosted by Lucy K.Joined in March 2022
23 Ratings · 11 reviews
Yana R.recommends
September 25, 2022
Greyhound Pitch
Wonderful wild camping
My friends and I absolutely loved camping here. The woods are beautiful, and absolutely perfect for all of our dogs! The true meaning of wild camping, we can't wait to come back again and again.
Caroline F.
August 29, 2022
Wonderful campsite with some drawba
This is a wonderful campsite. Very private and beautiful. Only drawbacks are the difficult access road ( not really suitable for regular cars), lack of local amenities ( no pub within walking distance), and that they accept large groups which meant we were disturbed every evening by raucous behaviour despite there being a 9pm quiet time. Otherwise one of the best campsites we’ve visited.
Omar H.recommends
August 29, 2022
Tenders Pitch
Good pitch with clean toilet. The grill / firepit was ready to use and logs were supplied on arrival. Nice woodland setting that felt secluded.
Blanche B.recommends
August 15, 2022
Tenders Pitch
Lovely secluded spot
We've loved the campsite! Super secluded, lovely set up with the fire and the yurt and cooking area was great.
Marian C.recommends
August 3, 2022
Greyhound Pitch
Camping with family and friends.
It is a great place that was really worth visiting. Very clean. The camping space is beautifully lit, very spacious. Complete silence. You can also put hammocks. The kids had a great time also. The shower and toilet are located about 15 meters away on a slightly curved path, so that it gives you the discretion you need. We can't wait to come back and stay more nights.
Wesley T.recommends
August 2, 2022
Day Dreams
Excellent for a peaceful trip
Southover woods is definitely worth a visit! Great location. We stayed at the daydream’s plot which was perfect for us with a dog as was not really near any other plots. Loads of space and very peaceful. Only criticism is that it would have been good to have a water stand pipe at the pitch, but it wasn’t much hassle. Overall very good setting, only 25 mins from Lulworth Cove and 25 mins from Weymouth Beach
From the host
Southover Woods offers a unique holiday experience in beautiful woods and meadows with nearly wild camping in Dorset in well secluded sites. There are a range of different experiences and activities aimed at enhancing your wellbeing through connecting with nature. Keeping life simple and looking after the environment are central to the ethos of the woods. The woodlands extend to over 60 acres with 2 adjoining meadows, nestled in the South Dorset countryside. Only 20 minutes from the Jurassic coast, and connected by numerous bridleways and footpaths to both local and national walks, it is perfectly positioned for a wonderful break.
Nearby attractions
There are footpaths and bridleways through the trees and beyond. Well-signposted, long-distance routes that pass through the woods include the Hardy Way and the Jubilee Trail. Max Events (0117 950 8080) operate group activities including paintballing, quad biking and archery nearby. Wessex Fly Fishing (01305 848460) is just outside the woods and the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum (01305 848 237) and the National Trust’s Cloud Hill (01929 405616), once a rural hideaway for T.E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) are attractions within five miles of site. Monkey World (01929 462537) and Bovington Tank Museum (01929 405096) are not much further. Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is about 15 miles south of Southover Woods with seaside Weymouth, pretty Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and fossil-strewn Kimmeridge Bay all about a half-hour drive away.
Food and drink
Cooking on the campfire is all part of the experience at Southover Woods so that is heartily encouraged but if you need supplies, the closest shop is a small convenience store in Puddletown, about three miles away. The nearest pub is also in the village, called The Blue Vinny.
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