Room to move, room to breathe, room to play at this Dorset camper's paradise
In a region fit to bursting with wonderful campsites, we've come across a real gem in Woodyhyde. Set amongst the iconic chalky downs of the Purbeck Hills, this traditional family-friendly site lies in Dorset's spiritual heart.
The campsite itself lies across three fields – a small field adjacent to the Swanage Steam Railway line, a spacious medium field, where you’ll also find the main facilities block, and a large field with acres of room and broad, countryside views. Wide-open spaces here are just crying out for rowdy ball games or a few flicks of a frisbee. Unmissable kiddy bliss.
The leafy countryside vista is the perfect backdrop for some early morning yoga, but don’t be alarmed if your meditation is interrupted with a sudden woosh and parp – that’ll be the Swanage Steam Railway. The old engines whistle and wheeze past the site between Swanage and Corfe Castle. It’s just a pity it doesn’t stop right here – the nearest station is at Harman’s Cross, 10 minutes’ walk away.
Being based on the Isle of Purbeck (in actual fact a peninsula, but we're not ones to quibble), you're just a stone's throw from some of the great beaches and coastal views that align Dorset's famed Jurassic Coast. Be sure to take time to visit the iconic Durdle Door – a huge natural limestone sea arch and, more importantly, unmissable photo opportunity.
With refreshingly understated facilities, acres of space to explore, easy access to some of the region's hidden coves, and the obligatory steam train chugging gently past your tent, Woodyhyde is an utterly charming throwback to the camping of yesteryear. Sit back and relax as younger campers live out their own Blytonesque adventures.
Wareham, Dorset, England, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Lee ?.Joined in June 2016
From the host
Situated on the Isle of Purbeck, a stone's throw away from Dorset's famed Jurassic Coast. our family-run campsite has 160 unmarked pitches on 3 fields across 13 acres where wild deer, pheasants and birds roam.
This spacious campsite with broad, countryside views never feels full even during the peak camping season. One field is bordered by a steam train, linking Corfe Castle and Swanage.
A new facilities block houses 18 showers (including separate male and female disabled shower/toilet). 60 electrical hook-up points are available and 20 of which are hard standings for camper vans.
A large shop selling camping essentials plus basics like bread, milk, eggs and local beers and ice creams.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the campsite (code available from reception on arrival). We have recently been award the David Bellamy Silver Award for our campsite and are continuing to improve and develop the site year on year.
There's no better way to explore the stunning Jurassic coast than by ambling along the South West Coast Path. The long, sandy blue-flag beach at Studland Bay is just 10 minutes’ drive from Woodyhyde, and the entire Jurassic Coast, including the lovely Lulworth Cove and the famous Durdle Door rocks, are within easy reach. The ruins of Corfe Castle are in the nearby village of the same name, though cream teas in town may be even more popular. Putlake Farm (01929 422917) at Langton Matravers, offers interactive animal adventures including bottle-feeding lambs and goats. There’s also an indoor soft-play zone, outdoor play area and café. Family tickets are £18.50.
Food and drink
Dorset cream teas are available everywhere, including the particularly welcoming National Trust Tea Room in Corfe Castle. Alternatively, take a walk over Ballard Down, passing Old Harry Rocks and winding up at the bottom of Studland village at the award-winning Bankes Arms Country Inn (01929 450225). They serve bar snacks and meals of fresh local produce, and a range of ales from small independent breweries, including their own microbrewery.