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The Walled Garden Campsite
10 reviews
· Dorchester, England
1 acre
80 units
80 Motorhome/tent
A simple family campsite adjacent to the Walled Gardens of Moreton and within easy reach of the Jurassic Coast
Rule 101: Don't tell your friend you're going to be camping near a graveyard. The Walled Garden Campsite in the quaint Dorset village of Moreton is rightfully named after the beautiful, five-acre garden it borders but, adjacent to that, there's also one of the most talked-about churchyards in the county. For the village is famously synonymous with T.E. Lawrence, immortalised in the Lawrence of Arabia movie, and the place where his tiny cottage, as well as his final resting place in an equally tiny graveyard is found. The campsite is yards from both attractions and is closely associated with the walled garden. So, though you're not camping within it's boundaries, campers get full access as part of their stay. You could easily spend half a day wandering the Chilean arboretum, taking in the sweetly scented rose garden, exploring sculptures in nooks and crannies and enjoying some fresh produce from the kitchen garden at the Dovecote Café. For little ones, there are two good play areas, too – one within the walled garden (alongside a farm area with pigs and chickens) and the other back in the camping meadow itself. When it comes to pitching tents, the campsite has a classic feel suitable of the rural Dorset setting. Caravans are not permitted but campfires in firepits are and it's largely families that rule the roost. If you don't fancy trying to cook over the flames there's also a pub a half-hour walk or five-minute drive away and the garden café is open until six o'clock. For its size, Moreton is also, surely, one of the most well-crossed villages, when it comes to footpaths and bridleways. The Purbeck cycle way, the Frome valley trail, the Jubilee trail and the Hardy Way all run through the village, and campers who come with bikes are well placed to spend an entire weekend here without ever touching the car. It's conceivable to ride to the Jurassic Coast, including Man O'War beach and almost-circular Lulworth Cove, in well under an hour and there's plenty to do on the doorstep. Just a two-minute walk from the campsite you’ll find Moreton Ford – the perfect place to idle away a few hours with a picnic while little ones paddle in the clear, shallow water and try and catch an elusive tiddler fish. And it's a 10-minute ride on a car-free, partially wooded trail to Clouds House, T.E. Lawrence's former cottage, now cared for by the National Trust.
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Hosted by Michael S.Joined in May 2021
9 Ratings · 10 reviews
Lorenzo A.recommends
June 13, 2022
Peaceful and Spacious
Loved the simple rural setting. Natural no frills camping at its best. Attractive gardens next door and a short walk to TE Lawrence’s grave and the beautiful glass etched windows of St Nicholas. Also a handy location for enjoying the nearby Dorset delights.
Nicholas P.recommends
June 8, 2022
Superb rural camp site
Super fun, gorgeous camp sit in Moreton, Dorset. Peaceful, friendly and so convenient for much of Dorset's treasures inland and coastal.
Annali G.recommends
June 6, 2022
it was good level camping grounds, toilets were clean, nice walks around and good distance from the seaside. Getting hold of the manager you just had to be patient to get your wood and shower tokens. there was also a yearly running event on over the weekend, which was a nice surprise. nice amount of children too, and considerate campers. deffo go again.
Paul C.recommends
June 5, 2022
Lovely Site
What a fantastic "pop up" style campsite with all the basic facilities you need. Loved the location with the walled garden and cafe onsite which is perfect to spend an hour or two in and a beautiful Ford just down the road which is great for dogs and children to splash around in. Showers & Toilets we're always kept clean during our stay. Also the host was amazing and gave us all the information we needed.
Michael ?.recommends
September 1, 2021
Fantastic location, loads of space and beautiful maintained pitches. Lovely local walks too. The Walled Garden itself is only open 10-5 so not a big plus when out all day. Only real downside was the overflowing cesspit which my kids stepped on their bedtime trip to the toilet and the emergency trip to Weymouth for new shoes the next day...
Nick ?.
August 31, 2021
Well run. Ideally positioned for exploring on bike.
From the host
Most folk will appreciate The Walled Garden Campsite is so close to the Jurassic Coast including the iconic Durdle Door & Lulworth Cove (6 miles away). However, we offer such a variety of things to do within the gardens and the Moreton Estate, that many campers lose themselves in the enchantment of the venue. We offer a fantastic kids play area with plenty of seating for adults, conveniently located next to the farm animals & Kitchen Garden, giving you panoramic supervising vision – A MUST AT ALL TIMES!! Not only are the grounds one of the most tranquil within the County, but it’s steeped in history with links to T E Lawrence, one of Britain’s finest war heroes, an Oxford Scholar & Close friend of Winston Churchill…better known to most as Lawrence of Arabia, who now rests in the village’s peaceful cemetery of St Nicholas’ Church (regardless of your religion or spiritual beliefs – this is a must-see just for its fine architecture and beautiful stain-glassed windows). The scenic village of Moreton, a tranquil site in the very heart of Dorset, offers a labyrinth of walks, adjacent to Moreton’s Walled Garden, cafe, riding center and woodland (with guests having unlimited access to the grounds/play area), ensuring that you have a rural but perfectly placed location for all local attractions, amenities & good pubs, including The Seven Stars (*), The Frampton Arms, The Countryman, The Red Lion (*), The Wise Man, & The Black Dog (*) to name a few. Moreton has the main Weymouth – Waterloo line running through so has fantastic access to many towns including Dorchester (1 stop) & Weymouth (2 stops) so if you want to visit the many museums, Brewery Square or even Prince Charles’s very own Poundbury (Duchy Of Cornwall) – it’s all to be enjoyed in Dorset’s County Town. Weymouth has the sandy award-winning Blue Flag beach, Sea Life Center, Nothe Fort to name a few. Please note that parking can be difficult during peak seasons, so we recommend using the train. If the coast isn’t for you, then pop over to nearby Corfe Castle & The Swanage Steam Train, or simply take in the beautiful labyrinth of walks surrounding the campsite or adventure through Moreton Woods. Our more mature campers may remember the popular TV series “Tenko” which was filmed in woodland just behind the site.
Nearby attractions
The 22-mile Lawrence of Arabia ride officially starts at Purbeck School, 10 miles east, but you can pick up the route from St Nicolas’ Church and complete the loop from there. It’s mainly on-road and takes you through the Frome Valley, northern Purbeck and across Bere Heath. Likewise it makes sense to start the seven-mile walking trail from the church before heading through Moreton Plantation, onto Clouds Hill (01929 405616, £8 adult, £4 child or free with National Trust membership) and then the Tank Museum (01929 405096, adults £15, child £9). Monkey World is home to over 250 rescued and endangered primates and there are keeper talks and feeding times throughout the day (01929 462537, adult £16, child £11). Head eight miles east and you’ll reach the historic town of Dorchester or go 10 miles south and you’ll arrive at the Jurassic Coast and two of its most famous sites – the limestone arch of Durdle Door and the almost circular bay of Lulworth Cove.
Food and drink
The nearest place to eat is the Walled Gardens’ Dovecote café (01929 462243), open seven days a week from 10am–3pm serving breakfast, lunch and cream teas. The Frampton Arms (01305 852253) is the closest pub, five minutes away by car. Heading in the opposite direction the Seven Stars (01929 462292) serves the usual pub grub and real ales and has a large kids play area and the Countryman Inn (01305 591090) has curries and pizzas on the menu.
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