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- Peaceful site a mile above Swanage: spectacular views over the bay
- Close to the Juassic Coast, Corfe Castle and Wareham
- Leisure club next door with pool, gym, sauna, bar and restaurant
Swanage, you say? For a summer sojourn on a peaceful park close to the dino and fossil hunting, beaches and watersports of the mega fab Jurassic Coast? Pass the bucket, the spade, the flippers… and all the beach, seaside and holiday bits you can cram into the car, to have a hol as long as you can possibly manage.
And if you’re at Swanage Coastal Park? Bolt on loads of exploring room, closeness to Dorset coast and countryside attractions, and spectacular views of the coastline and deep blue waters: this spacious, quiet and green park covers 15 acres of countryside, with fab views over Swanage Bay and the Purbeck Hills below.
Swanage town is a mile away along an easily accessible path, Corfe Castle is five miles away, and it’s about half an hour’s drive from Swanage to Monkey World or Brownsea Island… all just, a teeny bit, for starters. Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset are all easily reached by the chain ferry: again, you’ll want to have a hol around here for as long as you possibly manage.
As a quiet park, Swanage Coastal doesn’t have a pool, bar or noisy entertainment/ activities, so is just the serene ticket for those desperately seeking summer sanctuary or flee from nightly discos. Amenities are plentiful, including showers and toilets, a launderette, a washing-up area and ice pack freezing; pitches are non-electric, on grass overlooking the bay.
If in between your Dorset exploring days you do fancy being a tad active around base, the leisure site next door offers day memberships to its health and fitness area, where there’s a pool, gym, sauna and solarium as well as a bar and restaurant.
Open from 20/07/2018 to 07/09/2018
Tourist board rating
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
Continental touring caravans (caravans built with the door on the right-hand side) are not permitted.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Check availability at Swanage Coastal Park…
Party: 2 adults
Many sites set a maximum occupancy of 6/8 people per pitch, so try breaking your booking down into smaller groups to generate more results. For example, if you’re a group of 10, enter 5 people in your initial search and then book 2 pitches.
However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
To book multiple pitches or accommodation, use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together. Complete the booking form for the first booking (you can add a password and save your card so that we remember your details). Then click "Make another booking like this" at the top of the confirmation page to make the next booking.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Non-electric grass tent pitch (sloping)
Max. persons: 5 x
Pitch dimensions: Max 7.0m width x 7.0m depth (23.0ft width x 23.0ft depth) Calculated area: 49.0m² (527.4ft²)
Ground type: Grass
Please note the pitches are at the top of a sloping field.
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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
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Indoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
Swanage Bus Station — 0.7 miles
0.7 miles Corfe Castle: East Street Coach Stop — 4.1 miles
4.1 miles Poole: Dolphin Centre Bus Station — 7.7 miles
- Train stations
Poole Rail Station — 7.8 miles
7.8 miles Parkstone (Dorset) Rail Station — 8.1 miles
8.1 miles Hamworthy Rail Station — 8.4 miles
- Ferry ports
Shell Bay Ferry Terminal — 5.2 miles
5.2 miles Sandbanks Ferry Terminal — 5.4 miles
5.4 miles Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 5.7 miles
Bournemouth International Airport — 13.4 miles
The park is high up above the blue waters of Swanage Bay, just under a mile’s walk from the shops, bars, restaurants of Swanage town. There are miles of safe and clean beaches in Swanage too, as well as an award-winning pier; amusement arcades; deckchair, pedalo and boat hire, and access to the Jurassic Coast: Swanage is at its eastern end.
To explore the coast from here, get all aboard a heritage train trip on the Swanage Railway, steaming along to the riverside town of Wareham (Monkey World!) via stops including Corfe Castle and the Isle of Purbeck’s Harman's Cross. If you’re up for hiking, and the kids are of an age to scramble around a bit of coast, explore by foot instead along a stage of the South West Coast Path, or take one of the shorter routes around the coast and the cliffs.
The most strenuous hiking stretch around here is the 12 or so mile run to Corfe Castle (fret not, you can get the train back); for a shorter or more kid-friendly amble, try the Durlston Country Park clifftop trail, around the comely coastal nature reserve.
Within easy day trip distance are Brownsea Island, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, Poole, Shell Bay, Sandbanks, Dorchester… just set off by train, bus or car to see where you end up.
- Swanage Railway (0.7 miles)
- Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (3.7 miles)
- Corfe Castle (4.3 miles)
- Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (2.8 miles)
- Corfe Castle (4.2 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
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Swanage Coastal Park cancellation policy
No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.
5-12 weeks before arrival: 50% will be retained.
1-4 weeks before arrival: 25% will be retained.
Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.
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.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkMaestro