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Lepe Beach Campsite

· New Forest, Hampshire, England
7 acres hosted by Eazycamp ?.
20 tent pitches
Amazing views
Hipcampers say this spot has amazing views.
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
Traditional tent camping with views of the Solent and Isle of Wight. Oh and did we mention it's only 150 yards from the beach!?

There’s no doubt the canniest campers come to the Hampshire coast. While those with a stripy windbreak under one arm and a copy of The Lonely Planet under the other flock to the South West counties, this quieter stretch of coastline – often overshadowed by the neighbouring New Forest – is an ideal spot to avoid the crowds. Not only can you stroll along wide beaches and board-walk your way through marshy nature reserves but, if the British weather does make a turn for the worst, there’s the added insurance of the national park’s genteel villages, museums and country homes, just a stone’s throw away.

Only yards from the beach (seriously, how many campsites can say that?), Lepe Beach Campsite is a traditional camping field that offers nothing flashy but, instead, focuses on doing the basics well – in fact, very well. Facilities are immaculately kept, pitches are flat, well-maintained and campfires are permitted with pits available to hire and wood for purchase. Campervans and caravans are not permitted, giving the whole campsite a more peaceful, informal ambience – you can pitch where you like with enough space that you needn’t tread on others’ toes – and if you really can’t bear roughing it, there are pre-furnished tents which include camp beds, camping chairs and plenty of cooking utensils.

Though the campsite doesn’t have a playground of its own, it backs onto Lepe Country Park where there’s a large picnic area, climbing frame and swings for little 'uns to roam. Really, the country park and the campsite seem to roll into one, making it a thoroughly family-friendly location, with the added bonus of Lepe Beach Café & Shop down on the waterfront, which serves afternoon tea and delicious hand-made cakes.

The views from Lepe Beach Campsite's enviably vantage point are ridiculously picturesque, taking in the Isle of Wight and, to the east, the marsh and sand flats of the Solent National Nature Reserve. But if you do venture inland, the charming lost-in-time village of Beaulieu or rhododendron covered Exbury Gardens, are both less than 15 minutes by car. But in truth, the New Forest is a paradise for non-motorised transportation and anyone renting a horse, bike or packing just a pair of walking boots will probably end up forgetting about the car altogether.

Maximum Tent dimensions = 8 meters long x 4 meters wide. Facilities (all onsite purchases are cash only). - Toilets. - Showers. - Washing up area. - Parking next to tents. - Level camping area. - General and recycling waste bins. - Cooking Gas Cartridges for Pre-erected tents £2.00 each. - Fire pit hire (£3 per night – minimum hire 2 nights). - Fire wood packs (payable locally). - Mobile phone charging station (payable locally). - Icepack hire (payable locally). - Morning reception 08.00 to 10.30. - Evening reception 16.30 to 20.00. - Under 2 years old goes free - All names and ages needed for fire regulations
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New Forest, Hampshire, 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 Eazycamp ?.Joined in March 2017
132 Ratings · 153 reviews
Andrea K.recommends
September 4, 2023
BYO Camping Pitch For 1 Tent
Nice camping place. Even though it was a bank holiday it didn't feel too full. Facilites were clean for a camping site and amenities near by.
Justin W.recommends
September 1, 2023
BYO Camping Pitch For 1 Tent
Lovely campsite near the beach.
Great spot to camp for a few days. The site was spacious and wasn't too busy mid week. Toilets and showers were clean and the site had all facilities needed. The kids loved the short walk to the beach, and spent hours playing in the shallow water. Just make sure you bring some water shoes/booties as the beach is very rocky. Luckily the do sell shoes, along with other beach toys and snacks at the camp entrance. I would definitely recommend staying here of you want to get away for a few days and be close to the sea.
Roger P.recommends
August 28, 2023
BYO Camping Pitch For 1 Tent
Very good, lovely site, helpful and friendly staff, toilets cleaned regularly. More toilets and showers needed for size of population
Bronwyn B.recommends
August 28, 2023
BYO Camping Pitch For 1 Tent
We had a great stay with the family. We took pegs for the hard ground based off other reviews which were fantastic when some bad weather hit. There was plenty of room between tents and everyone was very considerate of each other especially when it came to noise. There is lots of grass and space for young children to play too. The bathrooms were clean and the showers hot. The nearby beach and New Forest walks were exactly what we were looking for as a relaxing break.
James H.recommends
August 21, 2023
BYO Camping Pitch For 1 Tent
Great experience
Great location, great pizzas, great breakfast baps and great staff!
Liam O.recommends
August 21, 2023
BYO Camping Pitch For 1 Tent
Beautiful location staff are super friendly awesome views all and all we loved it
From the host
Lepe Beach Campsite is operated by EazyCamp and offer fantastic camping breaks during the Summer Holidays 150 yards from Lepe Beach and next door to Lepe Country Park. Offering a choice of Pre-Erected Tents & Equipment or pitch space for you to bring you own tent. We are the ONLY Campsite in the New Forest that offers Sea Views from virtually every pitch and being only a 2 minute walk to the beach. Not only do we have the beach on our doorstep, there are so many great attractions close by that we're sure you'll have a fabulous time with us. Apart from the stunning views, we have toilets, showers and washing up facilities to make things more civilised. We will also be offering, Pizza takeaway & breakfast, Water sports (kayak, paddle board and axe throwing, Pit fire Hire, Camp Fire Wood and Ice Pack Hire onsite so why not pre-book this early to avoid disappointment. We are a tent only, dog free campsite. We are also a family campsite, so we can't except bookings from all adult groups, same sex groups and the lead booker/guest would need to be 21yrs +
Nearby attractions
Just the other side of the hedge/fence, Lepe Country Park has a children's play area and there is a picnic space with tables – a nice spot to enjoy the view if you're lunching at the campsite. It's a 150-yard stroll down to sandy Lepe Beach, while, 100 yards in the opposite direction there is also a nature reserve. Venture inland to chug on a steam train through the vibrant colours of Exbury Gardens (023 8089 1203; see also Food & Drink) or a little further to the renowned ship building village of Bucklers Hard, now a popular tourist stop. It's 7 miles to Beaulieu, home to the National Motor Museum (01590 612345) but also a lovely village to explore in its own right. Families can also take refuge in Paultons Park (023 8081 4442) – a theme park (home to Peppa Pig World) 25 minute's away.
Food and drink
It's 2 miles to Langley where there is a small supermarket, pubs, takeaway food and a cash-point (only cash is accepted for most things at the campsite). For a daytime treat, though, drive the 3 miles to Exbury Gardens (023 8089 1203) – expansive woodland gardens with abundant rhododendrons and azaleas plus steam train rides in high season – where Mr Eddie's Tea Rooms (023 8089 8737) offers tasty cakes and treats.
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