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General

  • Within strolling distance of Cerne Abbas village
  • Treasure trails and coast and countryside walks just steps away
  • A mile from three pubs, a tearoom and a well-stocked village shop

Warning! A trip to ancient Cerne Abbas may leave you with a mammoth yearning to never leave: the Dorset village has been described as the ‘Britain’s most desirable village’ to live among the UK’s scenic many. It’s six miles from Dorchester, minutes from the Jurassic Coast and, most famously, is where the 180ft Cerne Abbas Giant doth dwelleth high up on the hillside. (Yes, the naughty giant with no sense of shyness.)

Within strolling distance of Cerne Abbas is the mightily convenient Giants Head Caravan & Camping Park, a family and dog-friendly site over three and a half acres with grassy pitches, immense views over the Dorset countryside and thumping good access to the best of Dorset.

Coast and countryside coast walks as well as treasure trails literally start within steps of the pitches: Giants Head has several planned walks straight from the park, and runs Treasure Trails Dorset directly from it so intrepid guests can pick up one or two of the 50+ trail packs and take off on the hunt for hidden gems. Sounds like a towering amount of fun...

As befits its location, everything at Giants Head is kept nicely natural – think mature trees, hedgerows and trim lawns; and the level to gently sloping pitches vary between secluded, perched over views, shady or open (there’s also a special tail-wagging area for campers with canines). All parts of the park are well-drained and a hard road leads to pitches.

Amenities include showers, hand basins, laundry and washing-up areas; the park doesn’t have a shop, but a well-stocked village store, a tearoom and three pubs are in Cerne Abbas just over a mile away.

Please note

A charge of 50p applies for the use of shower.

Please note that a 20p charge for the use of a hairdryer (available in the ladies' only).


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8.3

Overall rating based on 152 reviews

 

87% would recommend this site to a friend.

87% would stay here again.

 
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Friendly and good location. 16/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Tracy I. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Friendly welcome and the ice cream van coming on site some evenings the location even though it was in middle of nowhere it was close enough to Dorchester for shopping.

    Disliked: 

    queuing for showers as there is only one in the ladies and the field becomes slippery when it rained meaning difficult for cars to get up the slopes could do with gravel paths put in.

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the friendliness, and helpfulness of the staff , the lady ... 16/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Frances M. Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    the friendliness, and helpfulness of the staff , the lady running it is lovely ! Loved the field opposite for the dog to have her run , toilets were spotless , bins kept empty , campsite tidy

    Disliked: 

    only one shower , would be great if toilets and shower were updated , also maybe the facilities to buy a paper and milk

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Excellent site would come again 16/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Karen elaine H. Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Excellent location with loverly views central to all Dorset attractions clean facilities very welcoming owner

    Disliked: 

    Quite a busy road with some noise

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Great little site, friendly and clean 16/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom bryan_p671783 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    This is the first time my wife and my children had been camping and the first time I had pitched at tent since I was 15. Now 37 I was a little worried. But Caroline was very helpful and friendly and offered us any help if we needed it. We are great fans of the treasure trails throughout Dorset and was pleasantly surprised that Caroline actually writes the treasure trails. We had a lovely day in Cerne Abbas, naturally we was following Caroline's Cerne Abbas Treasure Trail. We had a great couple of nights with the added bonus of the Perseid meteorite shower and the biggest ice creams I've ever eaten from the ice cream van that comes around between 6:30 and 7:30. We will definitely be going back in the future.

    Disliked: 

    No dislikes really unfortunately we was pitched on a slight slope which felt weird while sleeping but this is all part and package of the camping experience.

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Good campsite/ warm welcome! 15/08/2017

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    This was our first time camping and we really enjoyed our stay here at gaints head. Caroline gave us a warm welcome, showed us our pitch and gave us a quick tour of facilities available which we found really helpful. We will definetly be coming back next year.

    Disliked: 

    A abit slopy, roads do get kind of noisy but being a heavy sleeper it didnt affect us also mobile phone doesnt pick up service so hard to stay in touch back home.

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View. Friendliness 15/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Carol E. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    View. Friendliness

    Disliked: 

    Toilets old needed updating

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Good value for money ,warm welcome 15/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom chris o. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Warm welcome and local information pack.In a lovely setting,facilities were clean and well maintained.Visiting ice cream van had the most amazing ice creams.

    Disliked: 

    Road can be quite noisy. Some of the pitches were sloppy.No shop on site and even though local shop is well supplied it is not in walking distance.Only one shower but a shower block is being built to resolve this.

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good value for money 14/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom jane_c334658 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    very friendly and welcoming. nice site not to big and was quite. just what we were looking for.

    Disliked: 

    only one shower in the ladies and men's toilets however new ones are being built at the moment.

From the manager...

Thank you so much for your lovely comments, I am so pleased you enjoyed your peaceful stay with us.

So sorry showers not quite finished, there have been a few unavoidable delays but we are nearly there.

Really look forward to seeing you again.

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The most perfect location and lovely site owners. 13/08/2017

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

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Caroline was so helpful and attentive throughout our stay, even late at night when some holiday makers were being a bit too noisy.

    Disliked: 

    Only one shower for ladies and one for men. Wasn't a massive problem though and can see they are building some new blocks.

From the manager...

So pleased you had a great time with us. I am sorry about your noisy neighbours, I do my best to keep everyone happy on site but now and again you do get some guests who can be a little inconsiderate to others. I hope I managed to quieten them down enough.

There is only one shower in each of the ladies and gents but we are nearly there with our new shower block. so sorry for delay.

Look forward to seeing you again soon, I will find you a quieter spot next time.

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Loved staying at this site, will be going back. 12/08/2017

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    Stunning views, very clean facilities, friendly.

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From the manager...

So pleased you enjoyed your stay with us, yes we do have some stunning views across the Dorset Downs and the Blackmore Vale. We can even see the Isle of Wight on a clear day.

We try and keep out facilities as clean as possible, can be difficult with the wet weather we have had recently.

We find that most people who stay here are really friendly and just want to relax and have a good time.

Look forward to seeing you both again soon.

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Bath available

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Public telephone

Shower available

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Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

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Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

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Spectacular scenery

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Indoor pool nearby

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Restaurant nearby

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Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

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Type

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Medium (26-50 pitches)

Location

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  • Old Sherborne Road, Cerne Abbas Dorchester, Dorset, England, DT2 7TR
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.8245°N 2.4627°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 8.0 miles
Sherborne Coach Stop — 9.1 miles
Milborne Port: Coach Stop — 9.8 miles
Train stations
Maiden Newton Rail Station — 5.6 miles
Chetnole Rail Station — 5.6 miles
Yetminster Rail Station — 6.9 miles
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 15.0 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 22.1 miles
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 22.3 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 27.8 miles

Directions


We are situated on the Old Sherborne Road (C12) two miles north of Cerne Abbas and 8 miles from Dorchester.

From Dorchester Bypass
Follow the A37, fork right onto the A352 Sherborne Road, through Charminster. After 500 yds take a right-hand turn signposted Charlton Down. At the T-junction go right past Forston Clinic; at the next T-junction go left onto the Old Sherborne Road. Giants Head is 5 miles from here.

From Dorchester
At the Top O Town Roundabout take the Sherborne Road. After 500 yds go right at the large petrol station. The shop Lidl will be on your right. Giants Head is 8 miles from here along this road.

From Sherborne
Take the A352 to Dorchester. At Middlemarsh take the left fork off of the A352; the road is signposted 'Dorchester Alternative Route'. Giants Head is 3 miles from here.

From Cerne Abbas
Take the road through the village passing the village stores on your left towards Buckland Newton.

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

If you have giggling kids along with you – and even if you don’t – a trip to the well-endowed and world famous Cerne Abbas Giant is most visitors’ first stop, if only to buy a postcard (it’s been noted that postcards of the Giant are the only images of a naked man that can be sent via the Post Office). The man himself is now tended by the National Trust, which has a waymarked circular trail around the site from Cerne Abbas village.

Dorchester is an excellent early stop for urbanites and heritageheads: here you’ll find history-dedicated days out as varied as the Dinosaur Museum, Dorchester Museum, Teddy Bear Museum, Tutankhamen Exhibition and the Roman Amphitheatre; take the Durnovaria Town Walk for an outdoorly overview of the city’s main sights.

Thomas Hardy’s Cottage is at Dorchester too and the literary can book the Thomas Hardy Trail into their schedule, a six-mile circular walk within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Elsewhere around the area, take the enormous amount of things to see and do in your stride: from castles to dinosaurs, theme parks to heritage railways and historic houses to tank museums, the coast to countryside have whopping opps for days out (and in; dash to Dorchester’s West Dorset Leisure Centre on a rainy day when the kids need to let off steam).

Historic houses and gardens like Kingston Lacy, Athelhampton House and Minterne House and Gardens should suit the sedately inclined, while the less sedate (kids) will no doubt prefer chattering at the likes of Monkey World in Wareham, Adventure Wonderland at Christchurch or Sea Life near Weymouth. Both sorts should have a tanking good time at Bovington’s Tank Museum, the second biggest collection of armoured vehicles on the planet.

Head for the coast to fossil hunt or take a guided fossil tour at Lyme Regis or Charmouth; soak up sun and sights at seaside towns such as Weymouth, Swanage and Christchurch; float on a boat to the Channel Islands or potter around glorious Poole Harbour and epically beaut Brownsea Island, also managed by the National Trust.

The award-winning Swanage Railway is a gently relaxed way to see some of the sights of Dorset (including Famous Five inspiration Corfe Castle) and holds regular events including driving experiences and special days for children.

Must see

  • Hardy's Birthplace (7.3 miles)
  • Mapperton House & Gardens (10.9 miles)
  • Abbotsbury Swannery (12.9 miles)

National Trust

  • Hardy's Cottage (7.3 miles)
  • Max Gate (8.2 miles)

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:  12 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart:  12:30 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.

Early arrival and late departure could be arranged subject to availability.

Giants Head Caravan and Camping Park cancellation policy

No penalties

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.

The remainder is payable on arrival.

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Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

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

Extras
A charge of 50p applies for the use of shower.

General
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.

Additional terms

Dogs must exercise off the park.

Please note that a 20p charge for the use of a hairdryer (available in the ladies' only).

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