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Coking Farm Fishery Caravan and Campsite

8.1

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General

  • Five fishing lakes in the Blackmore Vale - carp of up to 40lbs
  • Butchery on site selling local meat and chicken
  • On the edge of a 60-acre wood

Angling for some serious fishing? The five fishing lakes (including three specimen carp lakes) at Coking Farm Fishery in Dorset’s Blackmore Vale will have you hooked: as well as carp, there's catfish, tench, bream and roach to land, with some of the bigger carp weighing in at nearly 40lbs: take a look at the Coking Farm photos for some monster catches. (Please be aware that fishing is very strictly catch and release and all fishery rules must be adhered to).

If you want to sample some fresh Dorset produce from the campsite, a butchery on site sells local meats; chicken and (occasionally) duck eggs and preserves can usually be picked up too. You'll find sheep, Kunekune pigs, ducks and chickens wandering about too, so please keep your pup on a lead at all times.

Coking Farm has a generous four-acre field where you can park next to your pitch and borrow a firepit if you choose. Off-site, there's a One Stop shop at the local garage in West Stour, where you can pick up all the essentials. The site is also just four miles from the best local supermarket, Dykes, in Stalbridge (which does an excellent cooked breakfast).

The pitches at Coking Farm Fishery are set beside the 60 acres of Fifehead Wood to wander around too. If you manage to put down the fishing rod, that is...


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8.1

Overall rating based on 36 reviews

 

75% would recommend this site to a friend.

72% would stay here again.

 

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56% described Coking Farm Fishery Caravan and Campsite as Peaceful ?

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Clean facilities and friendly staff 03/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Geraldine w. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced asphalt touring pitch
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    Clean facilities and friendly staff

    Disliked: 

    The gate been lock at 9pm and not been given the code
    Booked with pitch up after the site no longer used them meaning they didn't know we was coming lucky enough they had room

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Very friendly staff. Good size level pitches. Good clean facilities. 02/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Anonymous Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Had a great few days at Coking Farm. It was easier to find than we thought it would be. Check in was really quick as we were the only ones booked in that day. Tent pitches with hook up are more than big enough and each one with its own fire pit which was fabulous for the evenings/nights which were a little chilly! Our kids are older 17 & 12 and they absolutely loved the fishing. I, on the other hand, am not a fisherman, but took great pleasure in the woodland walks with the dog every day and enjoying the peaceful surroundings. Good showers and toilet facilities. All in all a good time was had by all and we will definitely be returning.

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Basic but all you require 01/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom stephanie h. Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Facilities all okay pitches were fine the site is basic and has shower toilets and washing facilities all you need really no quarrel from us lot as we enjoyed our stay

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Pleasant camp site. 29/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Nathan L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Value for money, nice are to stay to go off and explore.

    Disliked: 

    Very basic facility and not sure if there was drinking water wasn’t labelled

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Huge space for ourselves. Level pitches.good pressure in shower. 25/08/2018

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  • Electric grass pitch
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    Huge space for ourselves. Level pitches.good pressure in shower.

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    Washing up area would benefit from cleaning. If someone else is using water, then shower becomes very hot-my daughter cried as it was too hot.

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Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff and level pitche 20/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom alan d. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Very friendly good food and butchers pitch area very well kept toilet area well kept and cleaned daily well worth the holiday will be going again Recommended by to any fisher man well stocked lakes 10 out of 10.

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    None

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Tranquil and serene 15/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Tina H. Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced asphalt touring pitch
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    The serenity and calmness. We loved the fact we were left uninterrupted. Amazing fishing ponds. A fantastic view of the planes flying from the nearby runway.

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    Nothing

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Spacious pitch, showers were clean, if not a bit basic, ... 11/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Claudia L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced asphalt touring pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Spacious pitch, showers were clean, if not a bit basic, had a chipping and butchers on site, friendly, helpful staff

    Disliked: 

    Lovely lake, which was strange we were not allowed to walk around ? Be nice if they kept one for swimming and boating

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Good friendly clean very quiet 06/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Katherine C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Nice quiet and friendly, peaceful - showers ok and clean facilities

    Disliked: 

    woken at 4 am by a resident going up and down track 3 times

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Nothing really 02/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom lisa R. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Nothing really

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    Nothing for children to do. Food van open once the whole 5 days I was there showers are rubbish with only curtain. And very expensive for what it is

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Fishing

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Bath available

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Shower available

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Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Full hook-up sites

Gray water hook-up for RVs/trailers

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Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 sites)

Location

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  • West Stour, Gillingham, Dorset, England, SP8 5SF
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.9924°N 2.3359°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Henstridge (Somerset): Virginia Ash Coach Stop — 4.6 kilometres
Wincanton: Memorial Hall Coach Stop — 8.7 kilometres
Milborne Port: Coach Stop — 9.2 kilometres
Train stations
Templecombe Rail Station — 5.8 kilometres
Gillingham (Dorset) Rail Station — 6.4 kilometres
Sherborne Rail Station — 13.6 kilometres
Ferry ports
Poole Ferry Terminal — 39.7 kilometres
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 39.8 kilometres
Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 43.1 kilometres
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 42.7 kilometres

Directions


From Shaftesbury, take the A30 towards Sherborne for 7 miles. Our driveway is on the left, approximately 1 mile after the Ship Inn at West Stour. The campsite is signposted.

From Sherborne, take the A30 towards Shaftesbury and Salisbury. Our driveway is approximately 2 miles on the right after the traffic light controlled crossroads (over the river Cale and just beyond the large picnic layby).

From the A303, either take the A350 to Shaftesbury, or the A357 from Wincanton, and onto the A30 as above.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Once you’ve finished checking out all the other fishing in the area – there’s quite a bit – this part of Dorset is sublime for scenery and walks.

Ascending out of Blackmoor Vale, the setting for the start of Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, is the Woodland Trust-managed Duncliffe Wood, or you could drive for about an hour to get to the pristine World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast for cliff walks, beaches and yet more fishing.

If you’re a two-wheeler type, a mighty challenge is to bike up Gold Hill in nearby Shaftesbury, which the tired-legged Hovis boy pushed his bike up in the TV ad; Shaftesbury is one of the highest towns in the country, as he could no doubt tell you, and overlooks Blackmore Vale for whimsical painting of the parts you hiked the day before.

There are several other historic Dorset towns and villages nearby: Sherborne with its Walter Raleigh-built castle and medieval buildings; Cerne Abbas with a giant naked man on its hillside and Stalbridge, where Douglas Adams wrote most of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Keeping up the Dorset literary theme, a visit to the county town of Dorchester is a must for more Thomas Hardy connections: his home in town is now managed by the National Trust and Dorchester and the surrounding area was the inspiration for much of his work.

Several museums are in town too: if this all sounds a bit too grown-up, the Dinosaur Museum and the Dorset Teddy Bear Museum should regress you to childhood nicely.

Must see

  • Stourhead House and Garden (12.8 kilometres)
  • Haynes International Motor Museum (16.5 kilometres)
  • Fleet Air Arm Museum (21.4 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Stourhead (12.5 kilometres)
  • Lytes Cary Manor (24.1 kilometres)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  10 a.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart:  10 a.m.

Coking Farm Fishery Caravan and Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Coking Farm Fishery Caravan and Campsite will debit the balance from your card 2 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 2 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

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Terms and conditions

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General
A state-issued fishing license is required (you'll need to apply for this beforehand).

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

Reception
Reception is unmanned after 5 p.m.. Please inform the park while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.

Vehicles
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a camper, trailer tent or tent. Cars are not permitted when travelling with a motorhome/RV.

Additional terms

Only well-behaved dogs are welcome.

Charges to fish are £6 per person per day. If you wish to fish on the specimen lakes at weekends you must inform us by using the 'special requests' box on your booking form or by using the contact details provided in your booking confirmation email.

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