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- Wild camping on the banks of the River Stour in Shillingstone
- A 10-minute drive to Blandford Forum; half an hour to Poole
- Access to the North Dorset Trailway; village pub a 15-minute walk
What did you get up to during the lockdowns of 2020? The folk at Haywards Bridge Farm had rather a busy time of it – they started up a sustainable veg and pick-your-own project at their scenic rural Dorset location… and then, as if that wasn’t enough, they opened up a small campsite too.
All of this is part of an 8.5-acre rural farm on the banks of the River Stour, with views across the water to Hambledon Hill in the north and Shillingstone railway station (a non-functioning station closed in 1966 but now open with a tasty little café) to the south.
This is a handy spot indeed for many reasons: it’s easily accessed by road (via the A357) and on foot (via the North Dorset Trailway, by the site), with a small supermarket just over the road and Shillingstone’s village pub and playground a 15-minute stroll away. Longer walks along the trailway will take you out into the nearby Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for more scenic views or visits to Blandford Forum, five miles away.
All efforts have been made to keep this site as sustainable as possible, so it’s all about wild camping here. There’s only a handful of pitches, all right on the riverbank to max out on the views, and guests will have access to toilet facilities but no showers (in fact, there’s no running water so you’ll need to bring drinking water with you). Being an easygoing kind of place, campfires and barbecues are allowed and dogs are welcome as long as they’re kept on a lead.
Open from 01/08/2022 to 29/08/2022
This site has no on-site shower facilities.
Bookings must not consist of more than 3 different households.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.
There are no bins onsite: all rubbish will need to be taken home with you.
Guests under the age of 4 are not allowed on site.
Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.
Please note that the toilet facilities are unisex.
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Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
Max. persons: 2 x
One Tent allowed per pitch
Pitch size : Max 8.0m width x 8.0m depth (26.2ft width x 26.2ft depth) Calculated area: 64.0m² (688.9ft²)
Ground type: Grass and earth
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Really beautiful spot for some wild camping (...and it is …
Check-in: contactless (in person)
Check-in: one group at a time
Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided
Hand sanitising stations
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Dog walk nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Mountain biking nearby
- Coach stations
The Town Hall
— 7.3 miles
7.3 miles The Town Hall — 7.3 miles
7.3 miles Virginia Ash — 8.2 miles
- Train stations
Gillingham (Dorset) Rail Station
— 8.9 miles
8.9 miles Templecombe Rail Station — 9.8 miles
9.8 miles Sherborne Rail Station — 11.7 miles
- Ferry ports
Poole Ferry Terminal
— 17.8 miles
17.8 miles Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 17.8 miles
17.8 miles Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 19.9 miles
Bournemouth International Airport
— 20.4 miles
Keep it local to start with by popping into Shillingstone Station, where the café and museum are open a few days per week and you can see the work that a group of volunteers are putting in to bringing the heritage railway back to life.
Only a little further away are hill walks to the Iron Age fort on Hambledon Hill or Bulbarrow Hill, or cycling exploits at Okeford Hill Bike Park. All are within an hour and a half’s amble. You may also like to walk down to Blandford Forum in a little under two hours to visit the Fashion Museum and take a tour of the Hall & Woodhouse brewery (you can also drive in 10 minutes if you prefer…)
Looking a little further afield, how about meeting the residents of Monkey World (half an hour’s drive), admiring the physique of the Cerne Giant (25 minutes), picking up a boat trip to Brownsea Island from Poole (half an hour) or hitting the sands of Weymouth (45 minutes)?
- Kingston Lacy House and Gardens (11.5 miles)
- Hardy's Birthplace (13.6 miles)
- Stourhead House and Garden (14.2 miles)
- White Mill (10.9 miles)
- Kingston Lacy (11.7 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||12 p.m. –||7:30 p.m.|
|Depart by:||12 p.m.|
Haywards Bridge Farm cancellation policy
No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
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.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Haywards Bridge Farm will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.
Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.Deposit transferable during COVID-19. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkAmerican Express
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- Does Haywards Bridge Farm have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Haywards Bridge Farm dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Haywards Bridge Farm? Keep it local to start with by popping into Shillingstone Station, where the café and museum are open a few days per week and you can see the work that a group … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Haywards Bridge Farm?
Camping and touring Arrive: 12 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Depart by: 12 p.m.
- How much does it cost to stay at Haywards Bridge Farm? From £25 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability