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General

  • Family-run site overlooking the Purbeck Hills
  • Within half a mile of scenic steam train rides on Swanage Railway
  • Well-stocked shop selling camping accessories as well as essentials

If a must on your family holiday sensibly includes a ride on a scenic steam railway (perhaps being able to drive it your very own self too), a first-class bet is Harmans Cross Camping Park within half a mile of vintage Swanage Railway.

The six-mile track runs from Wareham through splendidly scenic Dorset countryside including past legendary Corfe Castle, down to the award-winning sands of Swanage beach. You can step up to the plate yourself on a driving experience, turn up for one of the regular events, or book into the dining car to take dinner along with your views.

Elsewhere around, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, climbing and golf are all close by; the Purbeck Hills are within five miles, and more award-winning sands are at Poole six or so miles away.

Harmans Cross is a family-run site in eight acres of open countryside with views over the Purbeck Hills in the village of Harman's Cross, between Corfe Castle village and Swanage. Its well-stocked shop at reception sells essentials and camping accessories, and there's a well-maintained toilet and shower block and a washing-up area also on site.

Please note

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

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.


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9.0

Overall rating based on 42 reviews

 

95% would recommend this site to a friend.

90% would stay here again.

 

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All in all relaxing stay friendly staff 20/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Peter J. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The campsite was well spaced out superb scenery from trains and views

    Disliked: 

    Showers were 50p and not always hot !! And also not having hand driers ok we are all trying to save environmental but needs must

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Little shop which is handy, plenty of space to pitch ... 20/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Alysha H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Little shop which is handy, plenty of space to pitch up. Only 1 shower block but never really queued. Overall good place to stay would stay again

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Staff were welcoming really enjoyable stay. 19/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lewis P. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Very enjoyable stay pleasant atmosphere.

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Fantastic site, excellent place to go with dogs and children. 5 stars! 19/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Hannah P. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Fantastic shower and toilet facilities. Right by the train station so was able to travel to different places easily as well as being able to watch the steam trains come in. There was a park down the lane so the children were able to go off and play. Small shop was an aladdins cave of goodies and the fire pit rental came in handy for a last minute s'more binge.

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    The shop only allowed cash, and you had to pay for showers (only 50p, but this wasn't mentioned in the description).

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Very friendly and approachable owners. Facilities were clean. Great location ... 18/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Heidi S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Very friendly and approachable owners. Facilities were clean.

    Great location to visit the many attractions in the area

    Excellent Wi-Fi

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Absolutely fantastic! Looking forward to going back next year! 18/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom gemma_s118731 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Everything was well looked after and the people were very friendly! Amazing views and there was quiet, peace and serenity. Not only that you get the view of the steam trains that go to and from Swanage and they are only a 2 minute walk from the campsite.

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    Nothing

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Good site but could be better with a few tweaks. 18/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Chris K. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Location was good. Convenient for local attractions. Clean facilities.

    Disliked: 

    Shower token box on the outside of the showers meaning you have to risk exposure when putting token in as they don't last that long anyway. If you put the token in and then got undressed the water would be cold before you even got in! No lights by the washing up facilities. No hand dryers in toilet block. Lady in the shop was a bit miserable and made us feel like we were inconveniencing her by being there. Charged me more than the stated amount due when I booked online.

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Beautiful place with amazing view so friendly and relaxing. 18/08/2017

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

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    Everything

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Excellent site with friendly staff :) 16/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom jordan_b258714 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Friendly staff, clean facilities,

    Disliked: 

    Done uneven camp ground but was quiet enough to find a flat spot

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Good shop on site. Plenty of space for pitch 15/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sarah W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Good shop on site. Plenty of space for pitch

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Features

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

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Large (51-200 pitches)

Location

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  • Faryls Way, Haycrafts Lane, Harmans Cross Swanage, Dorset, England, BH19 3EB
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.6207°N 2.0265°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Corfe Castle: East Street Coach Stop — 1.7 miles
Swanage Bus Station — 3.0 miles
Wareham: North Street Coach Stop — 5.8 miles
Train stations
Wareham Rail Station — 6.3 miles
Holton Heath Rail Station — 6.7 miles
Poole Rail Station — 7.1 miles
Ferry ports
Shell Bay Ferry Terminal — 5.3 miles
Sandbanks Ferry Terminal — 5.5 miles
Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 5.6 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 13.8 miles

Directions


Take the A351 between Swanage and Corfe Castle, when you come into Harmans Cross, turn into into Haycrafts Lane, take the second right into Faryls Way, the campsite is at the end of the lane.

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

Pick up the Swanage Railway in Harman's Cross village a couple of hundred metres' walk from the site (if you prefer to Park and Ride, you can do this at nearby Norden). The railway runs from its starting point of Wareham, past Harman's Cross, Corfe Castle and Herston Halt before arriving at Swanage beach.

At the sands of popular Dorset seaside town Swanage, you'll have miles of clean and safe beach to wander, along with an award-winning pier and access to the fossils and spectacular scenery of the splendid Jurassic Coast. (If you hanker after a nudist beach, one is a few miles away at Studland.)

More spectacular coastal sights can be seen with a trip west of Swanage, past Durlston Country Park to Seacombe, Winspit and St Aldhelms Head, via the pub and fossil museum at Worth Matravers. Inland, hike the Purbeck Hills five miles away, or have a nature spotting day at Studland and Godlingston Heath National Nature Reserve, within seven.

Corfe Castle, the spiffing ruins that inspired Enid Blyton's Famous Five, is three miles away: picnics of ginger beer and hard-boiled eggs nearby are practically obligatory.

Must see

  • Corfe Castle (1.9 miles)
  • Swanage Railway (3.0 miles)
  • Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (3.8 miles)

National Trust

  • Corfe Castle (1.8 miles)
  • Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (3.7 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:  11 a.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

Harmans Cross Camping Park cancellation policy

No penalties

Please call the site at least 48 hours before arrival

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.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

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

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

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

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

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Additional terms

Do not use to hot water from the showers to wash up! If you want hot water please boil your kettle, this is all part of the camping experience, thank you.

Please note there is no card machine on site so all purchases are cash only.

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