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Whitecliff Farm

9.6

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General

  • Family-friendly farm site with sea views, a mile from Swanage beach
  • A five-minute drive to Corfe Castle; Sandbanks Ferry 30 minutes
  • Wild camping with fresh water, toilets and showers; watersports nearby

From up high, the sea seems to wink at you from down below. Could it be saying dive in… roll down the slopes to my sandy shores? These are the views you get every day from the hilltop Whitecliff Farm, on the base of Ballard Down, where sheep and cows graze gently on grassy slopes and peer out over the sandy coastline. Overlooking the chalky Old Harry Rocks and a mile from the nearest sandy beach in Swanage, pitches here are part of an active farm site.

Bring your dog along (on their best behaviour, of course), as no doubt every member of the family will be itching exploref the local countryside. Handily, the site is a 25-minute drive from the chiseled cliffs of the Jurassic Coast and right on top of a web of rural and coastal paths.

Based on six acres of farmland, this is a back to basics site for tents only. Exploring can be warm and thirsty work, so keep your water bottle topped up using the fresh drinking water and rinse off any sand from the local beaches using the shower facilities and toilets.

Leave the car behind if you wish, as there’s a bus stop nearby, and a local shop 10 minutes’ walk away, where you can grab extra fuel to power you through the day. Watch the sea grow closer as you head 20 minutes downhill to the centre of Swanage for more shops and some good pub grub. Will it be fish and chips beside the beach or buckets and spades on the sandy beach…?


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9.6

Overall rating based on 199 reviews

 

98% would recommend this site to a friend.

97% would stay here again.

  73% described as Peaceful ?

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Stunning location16/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCaroline F.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    I booked the last two nights of the season....
    My first time camping in years. Everything about Whitecliff Farm is perfect. Stunning views, easy access to footpaths and Swanage. Clean showers and toilets. All round great location. Also lucky with the weather. My dog really enjoyed it as there are plenty of walks plus an area designated to dogs.

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Thank you Caroline. Look forwards to welcoming you and your dog back next year

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Derek, the owner, was very helpful and present. The view …15/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDerek M.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Derek, the owner, was very helpful and present. The view and access to town was great.
    The campsite has enough good clean showers, toilets are ok if few, and the site suits those who do not need hook up.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing. It really suited us

From the manager...

Thank you Derek. Glad you enjoyed our site. The location as you say is perfect to explore the town and surrounding attractions

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Great location, owner super helpful and friendly and toilets and …15/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great location, owner super helpful and friendly and toilets and showers very clean. Also lovely views and nice and quiet.

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Thank you Amanda for staying with us

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Excelent site. Best site that we have ever stayed on.14/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDavid B.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Really friendly welcome. Spectacular views. Away from the centre but good footpath access. Straight on to Costal Path. Very clean and well thought out basic facilities.

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From the manager...

David, we really appreciate your kind review.

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A nice quiet campsite near town but very quiet. Met …13/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMichael C.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    A nice quiet campsite near town but very quiet. Met by friendly host.

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Thanks Michael much appreciated

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Exellent site. my favorite place right now.13/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMagdalena D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    absolutely beautiful place, close to hiking trails, well-kept field, clean bathrooms, also toilets. nice owner, we'll be back there for sure

    Disliked: 

    the only thing missing was a place to wash dishes,

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And Magdalena we will improve with washing up facilities. Thanks for staying

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Good position for Swanage town and walks on the coast. …13/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Good position for Swanage town and walks on the coast.
    Clean site, showers great

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From the manager...

Thank you Shirley. It’s a great spot to explore the beauty of the Purbecks. Have a safe onward journey.

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10 out of 1013/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTracey R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Absolutely everything! Spotlessly clean facilities, fantastic views, very friendly and helpful owner, 100% recommend this campsite, and will definitely be returning

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And you’ll be very welcome back Tracey

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Good clean showers and toilets, great location - walks from …13/09/2021

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    Good clean showers and toilets, great location - walks from the site to the sea and Swanage.

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Thank you Lilian much appreciated

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Good site, basic but nice and clean facilities with good …13/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Good site, basic but nice and clean facilities with good showers at nice temperature (not too hot, but definitely not cold). Easy to find and good signposts to all local amenities. Site has a fair few slopes on it so would advise arriving early to get a good flat pitch.

    Disliked: 

    Could do with a washing up facility.

From the manager...

Thank you for the review. We will add washing up facilities next year.

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: one group at a time

Extra spacing in seated areas

Hand sanitising stations

Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning

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

D. of E. 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

Budget/backpacker

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Pop-up campsite

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • Whitecliff Road, Swanage, Dorset, England, BH19 1RL
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.6268°N 1.9614°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bus Station — 1.2 miles
East Street — 4.2 miles
East Street — 4.2 miles
Train stations
Poole Rail Station — 6.5 miles
Parkstone (Dorset) Rail Station — 6.7 miles
Branksome Rail Station — 7.2 miles
Ferry ports
Shell Bay Ferry Terminal — 3.7 miles
Sandbanks Ferry Terminal — 3.9 miles
Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 4.3 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 11.9 miles

Directions


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

It's hard to imagine the lively town of Swanage (a mile away) was once a teeny-tiny fishing port. These days, you can toot your way around town on the steam railway or find your zen in the folds of the sandy beach and its invigorating seawater. If you want to tackle the coastline in a different way, coasteer or kayak your way around the sandy shores, or add a new skill to your repertoire with a go at bushcraft, raft racing, or mountain biking the local terrain at Cumulus Outdoor Adventure (five minutes' drive).

From Sandbanks Ferry (30 minutes), you can venture further afield by boat, stopping off at Poole over the pond, where the busy quayside, waterparks, and extra-long beach make an even bigger splash.

Or if you want to stick to the local knockabouts, that’s fine too. You can skip between the turrets of the Norman fortress, Corfe Castle (five minutes), which dominates the local landscape, or head towards the chiselled chalky coastline (25 minutes), where there are walking and cycling routes into every nook and cranny of the Jurassic Coast.

Must see

  • Swanage Railway (1.2 miles)
  • Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (2.3 miles)
  • Brownsea Island (4.3 miles)

National Trust

  • Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (1.3 miles)
  • Brownsea Island (4.2 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:  3 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Whitecliff Farm cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

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

Bookings cannot be amended within 1 day(s) of arrival.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, Monday 13 September 2021.

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Whitecliff Farm will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

Cash

Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Can bookings for Whitecliff Farm be amended free of charge? Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, Monday 13 September 2021. Read more
  • Does Whitecliff Farm have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Whitecliff Farm dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Whitecliff Farm? It's hard to imagine the lively town of Swanage (a mile away) was once a teeny-tiny fishing port. These days, you can toot your way around town on the steam railway or … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Whitecliff Farm?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more

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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Please pick any available pitch on arrival.
The site will send you further check-in information 7 day(s) before your arrival.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 1 day(s) of arrival.

Coronavirus
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, Monday 13 September 2021.
Minimum spacing of 3 metres between pitches.
Protective masks must be worn at all times in common areas.

Dogs
Dogs are prohibited from main facilities and amenities.
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.
Public areas are non-smoking.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
The site is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

Pitches
Please note, pup tents are to be used for storage purposes only. Guests may not use them for sleeping.
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Reception
Reception is closed from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.. No arrivals are permitted between these times.
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. between 20/07 and 12/09.
Reception is unmanned after 6 p.m.. Please inform the site while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.
Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.
Open fires are prohibited.
Please do not touch or feed the animals.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m..

Visitors
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

The road to the site is single track and will require everybody to stick to departure and arrival times as well as following the country side code. It is also not lit.

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