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- Small and quiet farm with miles of walks all around
- Half an hour's drive from the Jurassic Coast
- Modern facilities and free wifi
Farm the crew out to Moonfleet Farm if you fancy a small and quiet place set in the Dorset countryside, with room for the kids to exhaust their energy among the fields and designated walking areas to let the dog off the leash.
We also rather fancy the ten-minute walk direct from the farm along the 'smugglers' footpath' to the local village shop and pub, then home to settle down in front of a roaring campfire for food and sunset vistas over the distant Blackmore Vale…
Moonfleet is a working sheep farm on the western edge of the village of Higher Ansty, quiet and rural enough for a peaceful getaway, but easily accessible to main Dorset attractions and about half an hour from the Dorset coast.
It has miles of local walks snaking its surroundings and fishing ponds on site at which to land rudd, roach, barbel, crucian carp, tench and perch. Day and weekly fishing tickets can be bought from the team.
The farm has modern facilities including a shower and loo block with underfloor heating and hairdryers, a washing-up area, a chemical disposal point, drinking water taps and a laundry room with a free washing machine and a coin-operated tumble dryer. Showers, the hairdryers and wifi are all free.
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Camped at Moonfleet Farm during August, with my wife and ...
Very good site .
Good clean friendly quiet site.
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
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
- Coach stations
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 9.8 miles
9.8 miles Henstridge (Somerset): Virginia Ash Coach Stop — 10.4 miles
10.4 miles Milborne Port: Coach Stop — 10.7 miles
- Train stations
Moreton (Dorset) Rail Station — 9.3 miles
9.3 miles Dorchester South Rail Station — 9.8 miles
9.8 miles Dorchester West Rail Station — 9.8 miles
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 16.4 miles
16.4 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 17.2 miles
17.2 miles Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 17.4 miles
Bournemouth International Airport — 22.3 miles
Higher Ansty is approximately 12 miles north east of Dorchester.
From the south
Take the A35 Dorchester exit (Northbrook exit) and follow signs towards the Piddlehinton and Cheselbourne, then take the Cheselbourne turning.
Follow the road through Cheselbourne, Melcombe Bingham then into Ansty.
You' will pass the Fox Inn on your right. After about 500 yards turn left in front of a converted chapel. Follow the road into Higher Ansty. You'll see Moonfleet Farm on the left, set back from the road (last house in the village).
The walks around Moonfleet Farm along local lanes and through scenic Dorset countryside lead to the likes of pretty local village Milton Abbas, Milton Abbey, Athelhampton House, Cerne Abbas and sending the kids into fits of giggles when they spy mighty chalk Cerne Giant etched into the hillside. Arf.
A heap of other Dorset history is a little further afield, such as that at the former Saxon cathedral of Sherborne Abbey, or at historic houses and gardens, abbeys and churches. Also go for Corfe Castle on the Isle of Purbeck and potter around the county town of Dorchester with the Dinosaur Museum, Dorchester Museum, Teddy Bear Museum, Tutankhamen Exhibition and the Roman Amphitheatre. (Have a look at the Thomas Hardy Trail and weekly market in Dorchester too.)
Wareham, Swanage, Weymouth, and Salisbury are easily accessible by car and have enough to do to keep you going for several weeks; among our many recommendations are puffing along on award-wining and steamy Swanage Railway, seeing Salisbury's splendid cathedral, wandering around the RSPB reserve at Weymouth or hiking the 15 or so miles of the spectacular Purbeck Way.
Fishing fan? Investigate the waters around the harbours of Poole and Weymouth.
- Hardy's Birthplace (7.7 miles)
- The Tank Museum (10.4 miles)
- Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre (10.8 miles)
- Hardy's Cottage (7.7 miles)
- Clouds Hill (8.8 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.