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- Simple farm camping in Dorset
- Dog-friendly site with back-to-basic camping and campfires
- Close to the beaches at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
Among Dorset countryside on the edge of the River Frome, Snelling Farm is in a rural setting for camping for families, friends and couples. The farm is well off the beaten track a mile from the nearest road, in an unspoilt countryside location but within a short drive of many attractions including The Tank Museum at Bovington and its regular events including Tankfest.
Keen campers themselves, Sam and Cristabel know what's important and they want to keep things simple and relaxed. The owners champion back-to-basics camping, encouraging star gazing and meetups around a campfire, and have picked a scenic, level flat, oak-lined 23-acre field for the camping area where guests can pick their own spot and have plenty of room on unrestricted, non-allocated pitches. Dogs are welcome.
From here you can enjoy the sunrise through the mist of the River Frome, take in the glorious afternoon sun and watching the abundance of roe deer grazing in the evening sunset. This is a real home for wildlife where you can watch the swans, ducks and herons on the river while catching a glimpse of a passing kestrel, hare and even a barn owl at dusk if you're lucky.
The campsite is well equipped with electric hot showers, washing-up sinks, eco-friendly compost toilets (please bring your own loo roll) and drinking water taps. The villages of Wool and Crossways (both three miles) have convenience stores.
When you arrive please follow the signs to the field, pick a spot and pitch up. Sam or Cristabel will be round to say hello when they have finished tending to their animals.
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Fantastic open space, great area for children to run free. ...
Beautiful field - really quiet and remote setting. Yet very ...
hot showers lots of space friendly owner camp fires allowed!
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
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
Wareham: North Street Coach Stop — 7.0 miles
7.0 miles Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 7.5 miles
7.5 miles Corfe Castle: East Street Coach Stop — 10.4 miles
- Train stations
Moreton (Dorset) Rail Station — 2.1 miles
2.1 miles Wool Rail Station — 2.6 miles
2.6 miles Wareham Rail Station — 6.7 miles
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 10.4 miles
10.4 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 12.0 miles
12.0 miles Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 12.3 miles
Bournemouth International Airport — 19.7 miles
Do not follow your satnav. Your satnav will attempt to take you through an uncrossable river. Unfortunately there is no exact postcode for the farm so please follow the directions below and we recommend printing out the map before you set off. Please note that the farm cannot be accessed from the village of Moreton. The campsite will be signposted from the road.
A35, from the west: From the A35, take the Tolpuddle Ball exit signposted Warmwell and Crossways. Turn left onto B3390. After approximately 3 miles, turn left at the crossroads, signposted Bovington Camp and Wareham. A little after a mile you will see a sign for Snelling Farm Campsite and you need to turn right down a forest track. Continue down the forest track for 1 mile. Take the only turning left (footpath signposted Bovington), which takes you between 2 fields. On the bend continue straight through the farm gate. The camping field is on your left.
A31, from the east: Exit the A31 at the Bere Regis roundabout - take the first exit, signposted Bere Regis, Milborne St Andrew and Bovington Camp. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit signposted Wool and Bovington. Continue, following the road around to the left. After 2.5 miles, turn right for Bovington, Tincleton and Tank Museum. Continue for just over a mile, drive past the left hand turn for Clouds Hill/Bovington Tank Museum. You are taking the next left so start to slow down and you will see a signpost for Snelling Farm Campsite. Take the left hand turn down the forest track and continue down the track for approx 1 mile. Take the only turning left (footpath signposted Bovington), which takes you between 2 fields. On the bend continue straight through the farm gate. The camping field is on your left.
The farm is set on the Lawrence of Arabia Trail which has over six miles of cycling and walking through Moreton and Bovington Forest, suitable for families and children. Keen cyclists and walkers should also head into neighbouring Affpuddle Forest.
Moreton Ford is a ten-minute walk from the farm, perfect for a picnic by the shore, paddling, swimming and maybe even catching a small fish.
You can reach Moreton village in a 15-minute walk,for breakfast at Moreton Tearooms or a famed Dorset cream tea. The Snelling Farm Campsite owners also recommend a visit to the church of St Nicholas and the grave of the author TE Lawrence: the reason that hundreds of people visit Moreton every year.
The Tank Museum and Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre are three and five miles away. The Warmwell Leisure Centre is six miles away and has an indoor pool with wave machine and flume, a dry ski slope and an indoor soft play area.
If you like history, you may want to visit Lulworth Castle (home of Camp Bestival) ten miles away, or Corfe Castle which 12 miles away.
You can also have a walk or swim at nearby Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door beaches (ten miles from the site).
The pretty county town of Dorchester is seven miles far from the farm, for shopping or a historical day out. Well worth a visit is Thomas Hardy's Cottage where he wrote several novels including Under the Greenwood Tree and Far from the Madding Crowd.
For magnificent stately homes head to Kingston Lacey (17 miles) in Wimborne and explore the 8,500 acres. Athlehampton House (seven miles), built in around 1485, is a little closer and has prettily manicured gardens.
Both Sam and Cristabel grew up in the Isle of Purbeck, so should you want any advice about where to go or good local pubs to eat and drink in, then just ask.
- The Tank Museum (1.2 miles)
- Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre (2.2 miles)
- Lulworth Castle & Park (5.2 miles)
- Clouds Hill (1.0 miles)
- Hardy's Cottage (5.7 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||Anytime –||8:30 p.m.|
Please rock up, find a spot, pitch up and someone will be round when we have finished tending to the animals.
Snelling Farm Campsite cancellation policy
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.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.
The remainder is payable on arrival.