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Due to building work Cowden Farm is closed for 2015.
Cowden Farm is a 36-acre family-owned smallholding reinvesting its profit into the farm. During the working week, Cowden Farm operates as a care centre for adults with a learning disabilities.
We have a small garden nursery selling plants and freshly cut flowers to the local community and we are also very proud of the fruit and vegetables we grow in our allotment area. The site has two hot showers that can be used free of charge.
All the animals on our farm have been rescued and we make Cowden Farm their home for life and welcome campers to come and meet them. The campsite is located in Charminster, just 2.5 miles from Dorchester town centre, and on a flat meadow grass right next to the beautiful River Cerne.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Fully serviced pitches
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 2.4 miles
2.4 miles Weymouth: Town Centre Coach Stops — 8.9 miles
8.9 miles Bridport: Coach Park West Street — 13.3 miles
- Train stations
Dorchester West Rail Station — 2.2 miles
2.2 miles Dorchester South Rail Station — 2.4 miles
2.4 miles Maiden Newton Rail Station — 5.5 miles
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 9.2 miles
9.2 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 20.6 miles
20.6 miles Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 20.9 miles
Bournemouth International Airport — 27.6 miles
The campsite is located on the A352 (Charminster), only a short drive from the A37.
The entrance to the camping site is located on Herrison Road (not the main entrance to Cowden Farm).
The site is surrounded by footpaths and bridleways great for walking and cycling. Follow the River Cerne to the old village of Charminster and visit the eighteenth-century church, stop off for a meal or a drink in either of the two local country pubs on offer in the village.
Three miles away is Cerne Abbas village, described as one of the most desirable villages in Dorset. Visit Weymouth and its historic harbour, enjoy a day on its most beautiful clean beach.
Monkey World with its massive kids playing area, Lulworth Cove, Corfe Castle, Portland Bill, Abbotsbury and the fantastic Jurassic Coast are all a short drive away.
- Hardy's Birthplace (3.2 miles)
- Weymouth Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary (8.0 miles)
- Abbotsbury Swannery (8.4 miles)
- Max Gate (2.8 miles)
- Hardy's Cottage (3.1 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.