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Hardyes Countryside Camping

· Weymouth, England
4 acres hosted by Christopher R.
17 motorhome/tent pitches · 18 tent pitches
Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home at some sites—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
Christopher is a Star Host
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Big rig-friendly
Spacious, level camping well-suited for travel trailers over 40 ft long.
Camping in a Dorset field between Dorchester and the Jurassic coast.

The view from Hardyes Countryside Camping is field after field after field. Stay here and you can gaze at this rural scene all day and, on a clear night, enjoy the starriest of skies. This is somewhere to enjoy simple camping in a peaceful part of Dorset that feels, as this area’s most famous son put it, far from the madding crowds. It’s Hardy Country indeed; the quiet countryside that inspired the writer. His preserved home, Hardy’s Cottage, is just 20 minutes’ drive from here. But closer still, another famous Thomas Hardy from Dorset is commemorated. This one, the Vice Admiral who helped Lord Nelson to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. A monument to him is high on one of those rolling hills you can see from the site.

That’s not all that’s within easy reach of this site that feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere. It’s actually in a good spot to explore all of Dorset from. Nowhere is too far away from this central spot and much is within a 20-minute drive: Dorchester, Bridport and the Jurassic Coast all included. Weymouth, Durdle Door and Lyme Regis are all just a little further. After days of fossil hunting, exploring market towns and historic sites, you’ll be glad for the peace and quiet back at Hardyes Countryside Camping.

Tucked behind the farmhouse and yard at Higher Hogleaze Farm, is where you’ll find its four acres. They’re shared by tents, campervans, motorhomes and caravans – all are welcome here and so is your dog. There’s a relaxed atmosphere that’s helped along by host, Chris, who keeps the place spotlessly clean. He built the facilities which are sheltered in a barn and include flushing toilets, reliably hot showers and a campers’ kitchen too. It’s a sociable space on a sociable site in the middle of Dorset, the middle of Hardy Country – and the middle of nowhere as well.

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18 Ratings · 13 reviews
Hermina C.recommends
July 13, 2024
Hardyes Countryside EHU Pitch
What an absolutely wonderful spot and wonderful host. Chris's warm welcome was outstanding and his knowledge of the area meant we found some real gems we wouldn't have discovered otherwise. If you prefer a campsite that's relaxed and informal, this is just the place. Showers were lovely and big and clean. And the site remote enough to be lovely and quiet, but a close enough drive to everything you need.
Adam And Emma J.recommends
June 30, 2024
Hardyes Countryside EHU Pitch
Very chilled, pretty views, good clean facilities.
Hannah J.recommends
May 27, 2024
Hardyes Countryside Camping-No EHU
Friendly vibe, clean facilities and
Christopher was really helpful and always on hand, wandering round the camp site making it feel nice and safe. Friendly vibe, clean facilities and helpful host. The best thing was check out at 12pm, meaning we could have a relaxed last morning. Would definitely recommend.
Alex H.recommends
April 6, 2024
Hardyes Countryside Camping-No EHU
Breathtaking views
Absolutely breathtaking views! We arrived here at night and woke up to the most spectacular views. Facilities were extremely well kept and the host was very helpful. Highly recommend.
Ciara O.recommends
September 4, 2023
Hardyes Countryside EHU Pitch
We had a wonderful stay at Chris’s site. He could not have been a more welcoming and friendly host. He was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the local area and nothing was too much trouble. The setting was beautiful with a view of rolling hills as we sat outside our tent and the facilities were excellent and very clean. All in all a brilliant place to stay and excellent value for money. Couldn’t recommend it highly enough. Thank you Chris!
Ruth G.recommends
August 31, 2023
Hardyes Countryside Camping-No EHU
Camper Van with two kids
This is in the middle of nowhere, but that’s a good thing (although only 30 mins drive to Durdle Door/ Lyme Regis) - your on the top of a hill so you can see for miles and only 30 min walk to a pub! The site is basic but the toilets and showers are clean and other campers friendly and relaxed. The owner is really friendly and very happy to give advice about the area and he wants to make sure everyone has a good time. Don’t expect anything other than a small field to pitch up and use as a base to explore the local area. We visited on August bank holiday so it being a small field it did get quite busy but I think at any other time it would be less crammed.
Weymouth, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by Christopher R.

Joined in December 2022
From the host
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.
Nearby attractions

The campsite is six miles west of Dorchester within the Dorset National Landscape. Host Chris provides lots of local information on things to do in the shared area in the barn. Some of the highlights are in Dorchester itself where you can visit the Dorchester Museum and the Roman Town House. Not far beyond town, in Higher Bockhampton, is Hardy’s Cottage (nine miles), birthplace of Thomas Hardy, which is open to the public thanks to the National Trust. The Hardy Monument, to Vice Admiral Thomas Hardy, is five miles south of site and a good place for a walk in the hills with outstanding views – all the way to the Isle of Wight and Torquay on a clear day. In the other direction (north) you can visit the hillside Cerne Abbas Giant (11 miles). The closest place to reach the coast is Abbotsbury (eight miles) at the west end of Chesil Beach, an 18-mile shingle beach with the Fleet Lagoon behind it. Perhaps a better bet for family-friendly swimming, though, is Weymouth (13 miles) where there’s sheltered sand and plenty of facilities too. The famous chalk arch of Durdle Door is 18 miles from the campsite while Charmouth and Lyme Regis, which are great for fossil hunting, are just over 20 miles away.

Food and drink

Hardyes Country Camping is just six miles from Dorchester and you’ll find supermarkets on the edge of town with plenty of independent shops in the centre. Market day in the town is Wednesday. For basic supplies, there’s a village shop a little closer in the village of Winterbourne Abbas (three miles). You’ll also find the closest pub, The Coach House Inn, there. It’s a modern country pub that does food and it’s walkable on local footpaths. Another nearby pub is The Saxon Arms in Stratton (four miles), a pretty thatched inn with a good menu. It’s about the same distance to Martinstown and The Brewer’s Arms, a freehouse serving ploughmans, pizzas and more.

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