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Coking Farm Fishery Caravan and Campsite

7.9

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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 all fish are 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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7.9

Overall rating based on 61 reviews

 

82% would recommend this site to a friend.

74% would stay here again.

 

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Hated the place 24/09/2017

clarkfox

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    3 of us stayed for 2 and other's for 4 nights fishing very poor .Toilets discussing, dirty no hot water no soap and hand drier wasent working ,staff not helpful or friendly, We would never go there again .

From the manager...

This is purely malicious as this person did not stay on the camping or caraven site.

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Great pitch and facilities and excellent fishing 05/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom dennis d. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding touring pitch
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    New shower block and the fishing

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    Nothing

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nice relaxed atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff, very pleasant 04/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Anthony(Tony) D. Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding touring pitch
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    nice relaxed atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff, very pleasant

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    too many rules and regulations for a non-commited fisherman like me, but most enjoyable, thanks

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Fantastic site 03/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Beverly S. Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Grass pitch very peaceful and so calming, plenty of room on the pitches and full field for walking or playing on. Very good new shower blocks fantastic site.

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Great friendly quiet rural location to stay in, 03/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Michael T. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding touring pitch
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    Great friendly quiet rural location to stay in,

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Will be back with friends 02/09/2017

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    Spacious and relaxed camping field, level pitches with individual fire pits. Added bonus of piglets and sheep to entertain the kids on a trip to the well equipped shower block and washing up facilities.

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    Nothing

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Never again , huge let down for last minute escape 01/09/2017

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    The farm animals

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    The attitude of the owner when my husband went to ask about a few queries, my husband said became very hostile for then moment he wanted to know more info

From the manager...

You have reviewed us 2 out of 10 because you could not fish on one of the carp lakes because it was booked up . This has nothing to do with the campsite . If you read the information on pitch up when you booked or on our website , you would not have had this problem . You spoke with the manager not the owner although this would make no difference . We are often complimented about the friendly nature of our staff and how helpful they are .
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frendly people not a problem will stay again if i ... 29/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom dave h. Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding touring pitch
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    frendly people not a problem will stay again if i can get in there was full up ma
    eaning it is good fisher men i spoke to was happ

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fabulous site,with clean facililities,well worth visit 24/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom sharon_t173839 Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding touring pitch
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    love the fact everyone was friendly & welcoming,lovely tranquil campsite, the food bar is fantastic, well worth the money,be prepared to order your food as it is very popular

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Not a bad place but i won't be recommending to anybody 23/08/2017

wendy_r115012 Confirmed

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    the pigs, the sheep and other wildlife. The site is tidy and clean

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    The noise from local light aircraft and low flying helicopters very late at night was absolutely awful
    The staff are hard work when it comes to asking for information about the fishing lakes and bait etc.
    The shower block has a drainage issue as the shower area does not drain away and it would have been nice to have a shower door instead of the curtain.

From the manager...

Unfortunately on the night of your stay the RAF flew some planes over late at night(nothing to do with the local airfield as they do not fly at night) , they do this a once or twice a year as an exersise as Yeovilton air base is about 30 miles away ., apologies for that . We have been informed of a small patch of water that stands in one of the ladies showers so we have addressed this by putting a squeegie in there.
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Chris

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Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

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Fully serviced pitches

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Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Location

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  • West Stour Gillingham, Dorset, England, SP8 5SF
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.9924°N 2.3359°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Henstridge (Somerset): Virginia Ash Coach Stop — 2.9 miles
Wincanton: Memorial Hall Coach Stop — 5.4 miles
Milborne Port: Coach Stop — 5.7 miles
Train stations
Templecombe Rail Station — 3.6 miles
Gillingham (Dorset) Rail Station — 4.0 miles
Sherborne Rail Station — 8.4 miles
Ferry ports
Poole Ferry Terminal — 24.7 miles
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 24.7 miles
Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 26.8 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 26.6 miles

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.

The Blackmore Vale was the setting for the start of Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Ascending out of the vale 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, we challenge you 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 the 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 (8.0 miles)
  • Haynes International Motor Museum (10.2 miles)
  • Fleet Air Arm Museum (13.3 miles)

National Trust

  • Stourhead (7.8 miles)
  • Lytes Cary Manor (15.0 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:  10 a.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart:  10 a.m.

Reception is unmanned and the campsite gate locked after 5pm. Please call the site/park using the contact details provided in the booking confirmation email if you are arriving after this time. The team will then provide you with the relevant information about your unit/pitch.

Coking Farm Fishery Caravan and Campsite cancellation 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 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. 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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Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

General
You'll need an Environment Agency rod licence (you'll need to apply for this beforehand).

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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