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Bridgewood: Woodland space

General

  • Dog-friendly six-acre site in an ancient Dorset woodland
  • A 15-minute drive to Dorchester and Sherborne; 40 minutes to Weymouth
  • Firepits allowed; woodland tracks; local pub 15 minutes’ walk away

Searching for a remote-feeling site with woodland pitches and bushcraft opportunities around? You won’t be barking up the wrong tree at Bridgewood, a dog-friendly site in a six-acre corner of the 70-acre Bridge Wood in Dorset, an ancient area of woodland. Here, you’ll have your pick of spacious, open pitches in glades, with woodland trails around and lots of spots to get stuck into den-making or bushcraft.

Well, things both look and feel majestic here, what with the tall trees overhead. Those of you who are after a remote spot can head deeper into the woods with help from the site’s mini tractor and trailer, as they'll help to transport any heavy goods you’ve got down the tracks.

Firepits are a way to wind down in the evening here, as long as they’re well-contained (it is a woodland, after all). Another option is to head to the local pub, which is either two minutes’ drive away or a leisurely 15-minutes’ country walk.

There’s free car parking in the site’s adjacent field to keep vehicles away from the woods, so it’s also easy to get out and pick up a few bits and pieces from the nearest food shop, 15 minutes’ drive away.

As for facilities on the site, these include a composting toilet and solar shower – comfortable, convenient and eco-friendly.

Please note

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.

Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.

If reception is closed on arrival: please contact the number provided on your booking confirmation.

If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.

Single-sex bookings of 2 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Bookings must not consist of more than 2 different households.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

At least one of the party members must be aged 25 or over.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.


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9.7

Overall rating based on 33 reviews

 

97% would recommend this site to a friend.

97% would stay here again.

  93% described as Peaceful ?

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Well spaced out natural pitches and everything you need.04/10/2022

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomsusan H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    We had a warm welcome for our 2nd visit to this beautiful woodland. Our pitch was just perfect, surrounded by nature and private. Love it here !!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing.

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Thank you for the lovely review. We were thrilled you returned for another stay with us 😀

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Secluded, back-to-nature site, perfect for letting the kids explore05/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomThomas C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Fantastic site to let the kids run free and explore the beautiful woodland. Large and private pitches (though the site was empty other than our group), minimalist facilities but what was provided was clean and high quality. Hosts were very friendly and welcoming, and there is a nice pub a short walk away across the fields. We all had a great time!

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Thank you so much for your lovely review. We enjoyed having you stay with us and that your kids could explore their surroundings at ease.
It is so good that you embraced the walk and used our local pub.
Thank you for leaving your pitch in perfect condition - back to nature it goes!

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Excellent site, simple and basic, beautiful and relaxing31/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCloe A.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Thé pitch was perfect, secluded but close to the toilet, it is very calm and beautiful.
    The owner, Paul, was super friendly and showed his pigs to our baby girl, she loved it! Great first camping trip as a family.

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From the manager...

😊 Thank you for the lovely review! Your little girl has been our youngest camper so far! Glad she liked meeting 'Holly' & 'Hazel'. We enjoyed having you stay with us.

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Would 100% stay again!30/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomEleanor F.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The setting was fantastic, it's so rare to find somewhere that feels like your alone but this hit the mark! Beautiful woods, just enough creature comforts. Quiet and picturesque

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    Nothing not to love!

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Thank you for choosing us to stay with and your lovely review, we are so happy you embraced the woodland and what it has to offer, we enjoyed having you stay 😊

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Definitely will be back23/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomVitor M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    It was amazing, clean, quiet, just what we wanted

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Thank you for your lovely review. We are so happy you embraced what we have here at Bridgewood. It was a pleasure to have you stay :)

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Excellent site and friendly hosts17/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCraig W.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    What a fantastic site situated in beautiful woodland.
    Sarah and Paul have created an excellent site for imersing yourself into nature and having a fantastically relaxing time :)
    The facillities were all kept really clean and tidy and the hosts were on hand if you needed anything.
    Really enjoyed our stay at Bridgewood, thank you Sarah and Paul :)

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Thank you for the wonderful review and that you appreciated your surroundings. We throughly enjoyed having you stay with us. Holly and Hazel (our Kunekunes) absolutely LOVED the peas 😀

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The woodland setting was nice, but we were only told …08/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSteve H.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The woodland setting was nice, but we were only told that we couldn't have a fire when we arrived. I undertstand that there is a current fire risk, and that the owner provided a field where we could light a BBQ/Fire, but for me the whole point of Nearly Wild camping is to sit round a campfire and cook. When that fire is a fair walk from your tent, and next to a busy A road - then it's not the experience I'm looking for.
    I really wish we'd have known about this BEFORE we left - we'd have looked for somewhere else.

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From the manager...

We stand by our decision to have a fire ban within our Ancient Woodland for the safety of ALL our campers and for the protection of the trees and wildlife. GIven the prolonged dry conditions we feel it would be totally irresponsible to permit fires and the consequences of an uncontrolled fire would be devastating. We would be very surprised if other woodland campsites are risking open fires either.
We understand some people would be disappointed which is why we (at no extra cost) provided a grassed bbq / fire pit area with picnic benches as a temporary solution. We are sorry this did not satisfy your particular needs, we cannot move an A-road or reduce its noise - we have not previously experienced prolonged extreme hot weather so we are doing our best!
It is a shame that the natural beauty of the woodland, the wildlife or the rural atmosphere plus any other aspects of camping weren't reflected in your review rating.
However, thank you for booking with us as each booking allows us to continue to maintain the woodland for future generations.
Kind regards
Sarah and Paul

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Perfect woodland camping trip.02/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAttayla H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everything! Spacious and quiet, absolutely perfect. Couldn't see the car from our pitch but wasn't too far to walk with all our stuff. Firepits available as well as fresh eggs and a trolley. A wonderful welcome from the owner. Very clean compost toilet, solar showers available (we didn't use). Note: Little to no internet signal so save anything to you want to do/ maps etc... in advance.

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Thank you for choosing to stay with us and your lovely review.

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Private, perfect get away. Clean and tastefully laid out.01/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRebecca W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Beautiful secluded spot. A feeling of space around you: couldn’t see other tents from our pitch. Lovely smell of pine trees. Friendly hosts. Tastefully laid out. Really nice compostable toilets! Home-grown eggs and honey to purchase. Good fire pits. Back to nature!

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Thank you for choosing to stay with us and your lovely review. It was a pleasure to share our woodland with you and your family.

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Peaceful and beautiful22/07/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLesley-Ann C.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Brilliant in every way - very peaceful, lovely walks and the pitches are private and spacious. Compost loo was a revelation!!!
    We stayed for 3 nights and it really one of the best campsites that we’ve stayed at - if you’re looking for peace, privacy and relaxation, you can’t go wrong with Bridgewood, we would wholeheartedly recommend it and will defo stay there again.

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Features

Coronavirus

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Check-in: one group at a time

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Walkers' paradise

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No hot water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Location

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  • 2 Manor Farm Cottages, Middlemarsh, Sherborne, Dorset, England, DT9 5QN
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.8685°N 2.4790°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Greenhill — 5.9 miles
Coldharbour — 6.0 miles
Queens Head — 6.8 miles
Train stations
Chetnole Rail Station — 4.1 miles
Yetminster Rail Station — 4.5 miles
Thornford Rail Station — 5.2 miles
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 18.0 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 24.0 miles
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 24.2 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 29.0 miles

Directions


The site entrance is at the second house down the access lane into the woods.

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

You’ll have had a good taste of woodland life on site, so it might suit you to mix things up with a little salt, sea and sand. One of the closest coastal patches is Weymouth beach (40 minutes’ drive) and there’s a good sandy stretch here, plus paddleboards and kayaks for hire to get out on the water.

A little further away, the Jurassic coast is truly your oyster, as the rocky coves of the Isle of Portland (50 minutes) and fossil-hunting down Lyme Regis (an hour) are a day trip away.

What of some historic sites along the way? Well, the National Trust’s Cerne Giant (10 minutes) is an interesting one, as the chalk hillside gives way to an ancient club-wielding sculpture of a man. There are two castles in the market town of Sherborne (15 minutes) and elsewhere, Forde Abbey House and Gardens (45 minutes) has a house with tapestries and a plant nursery of old.

To end, perhaps you’ll want to mix and match the town with a more remote wildlife haven? The high street, cinemas and eateries in Dorchester (15 minutes) are certainly a nice buzz after the peaceful nature reserve in Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve (15 minutes).

Must see

  • Hardy's Birthplace (10.3 miles)
  • Mapperton House & Gardens (11.2 miles)
  • Montacute House (11.7 miles)

National Trust

  • Hardy's Cottage (10.3 miles)
  • Max Gate (11.3 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  10 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  10 a.m.

Bridgewood cancellation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

Bookings cannot be amended within 4 day(s) of arrival.

The site is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

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.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.

The remainder is payable direct to Bridgewood on arrival.

Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
  • Does Bridgewood have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Bridgewood dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Bridgewood? You’ll have had a good taste of woodland life on site, so it might suit you to mix things up with a little salt, sea and sand. One of the closest coastal … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Bridgewood?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Bridgewood? From £30 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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