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Coking Farm Fishery Caravan and Campsite

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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 32 reviews

 

78% would recommend this park to a friend.

72% would stay here again.

 

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60% described Coking Farm Fishery Caravan and Campsite as Peaceful ?

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The very friendly pigs were certainly a highlight (they like ... 07/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Michael G. Confirmed

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  • Liked: 

    The very friendly pigs were certainly a highlight (they like apples). Loved the use of a fire pit and the access to a small woodland to collect wood from. Nice flat pitches with plenty of space. The toilet and shower block was well maintained and spacious. The owner was lovely and friendly.

    Disliked: 

    The confirmation email we received said that check in was until 6pm but when we arrived the sign on the door said that check in was until 5pm. Fortunately upon knocking on the house (as stated on the sign) the lady was very helpful and explained where the pitch was.

From the manager...

Thankyou for the review.
Glad you enjoyed your stay.
Hopefully see you again.
Thanks
Chris

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We loved the site tbh but the people that stayed were piss takers. 06/01/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom J S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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  • Liked: 

    Dorset is beautiful & the site is very nice

    Disliked: 

    Loud noise at night and people letting there dogs in with the sheep was far from funny. Dogs off the leads pissed me of as my dog could not rest. One night we called the site pass midnight but no answer we did this three times. It needs to be policed. Such a shame tbem sheep being treated like that with people just laughing. Site is very clean with nice big Very big showers so any Disability catered for. Lakes were beautiful as is Dorset. We will come back next year but as I say few things need to be looked at.

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Good sized family site. 05/31/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom keith_d261906 Confirmed

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    Nice big pitches lovely scenery. Booked because we were coming with grandchildren so wanted somewhere family friendly but grandchildren were poorly so we came on our own. We normally book adults only but the children on site weren't to noisey at all so pleasantly surprised. Will try and come back in the summer with the grandchildren the will love the wide open spaces to play in.

    Disliked: 

    Butchers wasn't open bank holiday Monday our fault we should have checked was looking forward to sampling the lovely meats on offer.

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Glad you enjoyed it . Hopefully see you in the summer

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Clean 05/30/2018

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    Area

    Disliked: 

    No play area for kids

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Fab stay, peaceful location and clean facilities. 05/29/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Laura S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    The site was small and peaceful, with huge pitch sizes which all had electric. The shower and toilet facilities were clean and a great size, and they were proper electric showers so you didn't have to keep pressing a button to keep it going! Beautiful location and a lot of freedom for dogs.

    Disliked: 

    You weren't allowed to walk around any of the lakes. I'm sure this is helpful for the anglers, but at least one lake to walk around with our dog and child would have been great.

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Glad you enjoyed it . Hopefully see you again. Thanks for the good review

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Would I go back again or recommend to a friend – never! 05/28/2018

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    Was not too busy,with plenty of room for the kids to run.

    Disliked: 

    If you like to be bullied by staff members that’s the place to be. I still cannot believe how we have been treated at there. Sadly this place has a full potential to deliver a lovely holiday but is been badly let down by the customer service they provide. Would I go back again or recommend to a friend – never!

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Thankyou for your review but you have left out some vital facts . You were found parked next to a gate with a big padlock on and 2 big signs on it saying NO FISHING KEEP OUT . You then proceeded to climb over said gate and fish on a private lake after you were specifically told where the fishing lake was and were specifically told not to go on the lakes with the keep out sign on . We are often complimented on how polite and helpful our staff are as you can see from previous reviews , unfortunately it is hard for them to have patience in such circumstances .

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Fab site for people who want a quiet stay 05/26/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom marilyn_w167561 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    Friendly owner, loved the fact that all dogs have to be on a lead, lovely piggies, great walks, I'm not a Fisher but it was a lovely stay and would probably be amazing for someone who does fish

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Glad you liked your stay . Thanks for the kind words . Hopefully see you again

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Not a bad site. Would probably stay again. 05/25/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom joyce_b264262 Confirmed

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    Great for fishermen! Good shower and toilet facilities.

    Disliked: 

    The rubbish bins are a long way away from the camping pitches. Not too keen on the curtains on the showers instead of doors.

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The man on reception didn’t seem very interested. 05/13/2018

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

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    Hard standing was good

    Disliked: 

    Said there was WiFi but there wasn’t any

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Great place to relax and charge the battery 05/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Anna K. Confirmed

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    Peace and quiet
    Well mentained grass
    Facilities (toilets, showers)
    Friendly and helpful staff
    Beautiful views around
    Animals were a really nice addition

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Glad you enjoyed it . Thanks for the great review .

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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

Takeout

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Full hook-up sites

Gray water hook-up for RVs/trailers

Hard standings

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 +0100 (GMT+01:00)   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

RV, trailer and tent sites
Arrive:  10 a.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart:  10 a.m.

Coking Farm Fishery Caravan and Campsite cancelation 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 cancelations 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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Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

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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