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- 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.
Open from 29/04/2022 to 03/10/2022
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.
Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.
To generate better results:
- Choose the 'Multiple units per pitch' filter in the search results.
- Break your booking down into smaller groups and book multiple pitches.
- Click the button ‘Make another booking like this’ on the confirmation page to easily rebook.
- Ask to be sited together in the ‘Special requests’ box on the booking form.
You can also try filtering your search by group type and by sites allowing multiple tents/caravans/motorhomes per pitch.
Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
Max. persons: 4 x
One Tent allowed per pitch
Pitch size : Max 5.0m width x 8.0m depth (16.4ft width x 26.2ft depth) Calculated area: 40.0m² (430.6ft²)
Ground type: Grass and earth
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Excellent site. Thank you!
Brilliant hosts Paul and sarah!!
From the manager...
It was great to meet you all. Thank you for the lovely review, it was our pleasure to have you stay and hope you will revisit us again soon!
Ticked every single box for us! 👍👍🌳💚🌲💚
From the manager...
We are so pleased you chose us to stay with us and that you enjoyed your stay - we certainly enjoyed meeting you both and sharing our woods :)
From the manager...
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We stayed at the campsite for 2 nights and really …
Wonderful option for 'wild-like' woodland camping - a lovely time away
Peaceful, lots of space, great host, location and prices.
Superb, semi wild site. Perfect place for natural, peaceful time out.
Check-in: contactless (in person)
Check-in: one group at a time
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Dog walk nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
- Coach stations
— 5.9 miles
5.9 miles Coldharbour — 6.0 miles
6.0 miles Queens Head — 6.8 miles
- Train stations
Chetnole Rail Station
— 4.1 miles
4.1 miles Yetminster Rail Station — 4.5 miles
4.5 miles Thornford Rail Station — 5.2 miles
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal
— 18.0 miles
18.0 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 24.0 miles
24.0 miles Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 24.2 miles
Bournemouth International Airport
— 29.0 miles
The site entrance is at the second house down the access lane into the woods.
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).
- Hardy's Birthplace (10.3 miles)
- Mapperton House & Gardens (11.2 miles)
- Montacute House (11.7 miles)
- Hardy's Cottage (10.3 miles)
- Max Gate (11.3 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||7:30 p.m.|
|Depart by:||10 a.m.|
|Arrive:||12 p.m. –||7:30 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.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19.
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.Deposit transferable during COVID-19. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer
Terms and conditionsSite 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. – 7:30 p.m. Depart by: 10 a.m. On-site accommodation Arrive: 12 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Depart by: 10 a.m.
- 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