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- Small site on a family farm in the Dorset countryside
- Choose your own pitch; unrestricted pitch sizes; campfires allowed
- Close to 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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Highly recommend if you want back to basic camping.
Claire S. Confirmed
Quite camp site, lot of space, friendly owner, lovely area.
On arrival we were advised we had chosen the field ...
Kelly F. Confirmed
Loved loved loved by myself and my 9 year old daughter
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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
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: iit will try and take you through a deep river.
Head to Bere Regis, Dorset and then for Wool, Monkey World, Tank Museum and Bovington Camp. Continue, following the road around to the left past the Royal Oak pub. 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 in 100 yards so start to slow down.
Take the left-hand turn down the forest track and continue down the track for about a mile. Take the only turning left (footpath signposted Bovington), which takes you between 2 fields. On the bend continue straight through the farm gate and you will see the camping fields.
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)
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