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- Small eco-friendly site on a family farm in the Dorset countryside
- Pick your own pitch on an oak-lined field; campfires allowed
- Close to The Tank Museum and beaches at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
If you’re in the mood for a secluded stay among unspoilt Dorset countryside, how does a farm in Wareham, a mile from the nearest road and on the edge of the River Frome, sound?
From Snelling Farm Campsite you can see the sunrise through the mist of the river, take in the glorious countryside air and watch the abundance of roe deer grazing in the evening sunset. This is a real wildlife haven; keep your eyes peeled for swans, ducks and herons on the river, while catching glimpses of a passing kestrel, hare and perhaps a barn owl at dusk if you're lucky.
Keen campers themselves, the owners like to keep things simple and relaxed. Back-to-basics camping is championed here, with stargazing and social meetups around a campfire encouraged. When you arrive, simply follow the signs to the field and pick your spot on the oak-lined, 23-acre field to pitch up. There’s plenty of room to roam on the unrestricted, non-allocated pitches (fab if you’re bringing your dog along), and the team will be over to say hi when they’ve finished tending to their animals.
With sustainability in mind, facilities include electric hot showers and solar 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 for supplies.
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Really good stay at the site.
From the manager...
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at our site, we have 2 solar showers and 3 further showers which are toasty warm all the time!
Lots of space and very friendly staff and very reasonably priced
From the manager...
We are sorry you didn't like the toilets, as advertised they are compost toilets and we appreciate they are not to everyone's liking. However they are eco friendly and do not use any harsh chemicals or any water at all! We keep them well topped up with sawdust throughout the day. We also have a further 2 solar showers making 5 showers in total. The hot water for the washing up is solar powered so we can't guarantee hot water at all times.
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Dog walk nearby
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
- Coach stations
— 7.0 miles
7.0 miles Red Lion — 7.0 miles
7.0 miles South Station — 7.5 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 as it will try and take you through a deep river. When you pass the left-hand turning for Clouds Hill/Bovington Tank Museum, start to slow down as you are taking the next left in 100 yards. Continue down this forest track for about a mile. Take the only turning left (footpath signposted Bovington), which takes you between two fields. On the bend, continue straight through the farm gate and you will see the pitch fields.
There’s fresh air aplenty here; the farm is set on the Lawrence of Arabia Trail, which has more than six miles of family-friendly cycling and walking through Moreton and Bovington forest. And explores can continue into the neighbouring Affpuddle forest, too.
Moreton Ford is a 10-minute walk from the farm, a scenic spot for a picnic by the water, paddling and (maybe) catching a small fish. Slightly further on, you can get your hands (and mouths) on tasty breakfasts and cream teas in Moreton village (15-minute walk), and a visit to the church of St Nicholas and the grave of author TE Lawrence comes recommended.
Despite its rural location, the site is within a short drive of many attractions. The Tank Museum and Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre are both about a 10-minute drive, and Warmwell Leisure Centre (15 minutes) is another good choice, with an indoor pool with wave machine and flume, a dry ski slope and an indoor soft play area to amuse the whole gang.
You can also have a walk or swim at nearby Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door beaches (both 25 minutes). Or take your pick of historical and impressive buildings at Athelhampton House & Gardens (15 minutes), Lulworth Castle (20 minutes), Corfe Castle (20 minutes) or Kingston Lacey estate (half an hour).
- 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.
- Does Snelling Farm Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Snelling Farm Campsite dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Snelling Farm Campsite? There’s fresh air aplenty here; the farm is set on the Lawrence of Arabia Trail, which has more than six miles of family-friendly cycling and walking through Moreton and Bovington forest. And … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Snelling Farm Campsite?
Camping and touring Arrive: Anytime – 8:30 p.m. Depart by: 2 p.m.
Please phone if you are unsure which field to pitch in on arrival.Read more