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7.6

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General

  • Scenic seasonal site attached to the walled gardens at Moreton
  • New amenities block added in 2016
  • On the edge of Moreton village and enclosed by woodland

Frankly, you could go to The Walled Garden just for the gazebo. And picnic in it every day even if it rained – that, after all, is what a roof is for. And have a further picnic daily in different hideaways among the Victorian landscaped garden of this (frankly) gorgeous park in the Purbeck region of Dorset – that, after all, is what a holiday is for…

As with most of Dorset, there’s not far to go from your pitchside to some splendid walks/days out/cream tea picnics around the countryside: The Walled Garden is on the edge of Moreton village on a River Frome ford, enclosed by woodland to wander in, bridleways to canter down and cycle paths on which to have a Purbeck pedal. The chalky downs of the Purbeck Hills lie a little to the south, leading down to white chalk cliffs and the eastern edge of the Jurassic Coast: frankly fab.

The Walled Garden is a friendly and peaceful Purbeck place for families and couples in a parkland setting and well-kept amenities: the owners invested heavily after feedback from their first season and the site now has a new shower and toilet block with six showers and three additional toilets, as well as disabled facilities, several standpipes, mains water, showers with free hot water, washing-up sinks and hand basins.

A café is also available on site, and local shops and garages are about a mile and a half away for essentials. Also within a mile and a half (about 25 minutes' walk via country roads without footpaths) is the train station at Morton, from whence guests can ride to other Dorset delights like Dorchester and the coast at Weymouth, Poole and Bournemouth. (if you don't want to walk, local taxi numbers are available from the café.) Frankly, you could build a base at The Walled Garden and stay put there for some time...


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7.6

Overall rating based on 207 reviews

 

77% would recommend this site to a friend.

76% would stay here again.

 

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Fantastic site, clean, good staff. 02/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Elizabeth W. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Loved the fact that it was proper camping but with some facilities too. The cafe was good and the kids loved seeing the pigs and playing on the climbing frame as well as walking through the river ford in the village! There are loads of things to do all within a 15-20 minute drive. I am loathed to leave a good review for fear we won't get in next year 😕

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    Replacement of loo rolls in the camping looks was sometimes lacking and although the shower block is great, there is nowhere to keep your things dry, despite the hooks on the back of the door.

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Nice site, great pitches, could use more frequent checking by staff. 02/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Eilidh L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Well drained pitches, field was well looked after. Block with toilets, showers and wash-up was new and in pretty good condition. Nearby cafe and garden were lovely and the play park was fun for our 3yr old.

    Disliked: 

    Toilets needed some maintenance (loose seats), toilet paper ran out on day 1 and wasn't replaced until early on day 3. Most campers had brought their own though so only a minor inconvenience.
    Wood for firepits ran out early on day 1 and wasn't replaced - no one was available to ask for more. On investigation it seemed some larger parties had 'stockpiled' huge piles of logs in their windbreaks. Wood was replaced later on day 2 and campers were more community spirited about taking it.

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Excellent food served from the cafe. 02/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Peter L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Excellent food served from the cafe.

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If you want simplicity this is place is perfect 01/09/2017

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  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely quiet location. Friendly staff. Spacious pitches.

    Disliked: 

    Toilet seats - or lack of.

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Will happily return when showers and toilet facilities are improved. 01/09/2017

amandabarrie

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    Lovely setting. good spacious pitches. Very peaceful, good view of the stars at night.

    Disliked: 

    Cold showers. I'm not a fussy camper put warm, or even hot water would be lovely. Also toilet paper and paper towels in the toilets would also be useful. But mainly, a toilet seat that remains attached seems like a normal expectation in any setting.
    In warm weather with no electric hook ups (which I do not require) being able to freeze ice packs would also be a useful facility.

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Staff Location Cafe 31/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Thomas H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Grass needed to be cut more often in the tent field.
    Toilet/ shower/ washing up block was interesting, the showers weren't warm enough, were on a very low pressure, the toilet seats were all very loose, one actually fell off during our stay, the block was always invested with insects in the evening as it was open.

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Site was really lovely staff very friendly and helpful, gorgeous ... 27/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom helen_a823013 Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Site was really lovely staff very friendly and helpful, gorgeous chocolate box village with great tea rooms

    Disliked: 

    Grass was too long and showers were not great as pressure and heat kept dropping

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Lovely and peaceful 26/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Judith M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    Lovely and peaceful

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Perfect for what we needed 22/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Laura G. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Atmosphere, cafe and facilities.

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One of the prettiest summer camping sites we've stayed at, and dog to 22/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Susan N. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Wonderful little campsite, generous pitches not crowded. Walled garden cafe is fantastic, pizza night amazing. Flat ground.

    Disliked: 

    Showers ok , but not hot enough or high enough pressure for winter. They are open as well so just ok for summer camping

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Gas cylinders available

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Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

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Forest

Gastronomic delight

Peaceful

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Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

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Groups welcome

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Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

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Location

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  • Moreton Wareham, Dorset, England, DT2 8RH
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.7019°N 2.2800°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 6.9 miles
Wareham: North Street Coach Stop — 7.5 miles
Weymouth: Town Centre Coach Stops — 9.8 miles
Train stations
Moreton (Dorset) Rail Station — 1.5 miles
Wool Rail Station — 2.9 miles
Dorchester South Rail Station — 6.9 miles
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 9.8 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 12.6 miles
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 12.9 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 20.3 miles

Directions


Head west on the A35 and after Bere Regis, make a left onto the B3390, which runs from the A35 via Affpuddle to the A352 Weymouth road. Approximately 2 miles from Affpuddle after crossing the River Frome there is a small lane to the left signposted Moreton (if you miss this there is a crossroads a half-mile further, turn left for Moreton!). Follow the road past the tearooms and we are 100m on the right.

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

Within ambling distance in the Dorset countryside is Clouds Hill, the Grade II-listed cottage that once belonged to TE Lawrence (he of Lawrence of Arabia fame).

It’s now a museum managed by the National Trust, with exhibitions on Lawrence’s life and most of his furniture and possessions left intact; more Arabian-related artefacts are displayed in the Lawrence of Arabia room at the Moreton Tea Rooms.

Clouds Hill is on the Lawrence of Arabia Trail and has another main stop at St Nicholas’ Church, with Lawrence’s grave as well as engraved stained windows added by Laurence Whistler after the church was bombed in World War II. If you’re taking the trail, spare a few hours at its start or finish to steam through The Tank Museum at Bovington, over 300 vehicles in six roomy halls telling the tale of warfare from World War I to the present day.

Up for more walls? The walled city of Wareham is about seven miles from The Walled Garden and is well worth a wandering day around its quay, along the River Frome and the mile along its Saxon walls; wander to the free Wareham Town Museum for info on the towns’ history and more on Lawrence of Arabia.

Also at Wareham, the ape rescue centre Monkey World should give plenty to chatter about for all ages and is open daily all year round apart from Christmas Day. Corfe Castle (we’ll never tire of pointing out this was the inspiration for Kirrin Castle in Enid’s Blyton’s Famous Five) is about five miles to Wareham’s south-east.

Feeling more coastwards? Take the train from Moreton, a ferry from Wareham Quay to Poole or a superly scenic drive to the beaches and red sandstone cliffs of the Jurassic Coast.

Both Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, two of the most magic coastal sights in Britain, are within a five and a half mile drive of The Walled Garden: at Lulworth, make room to also see its seventeenth castle, and at Durdle Door – well, we suggest you just sit and stare.

Must see

  • The Tank Museum (1.7 miles)
  • Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre (2.8 miles)
  • Hardy's Birthplace (5.2 miles)

National Trust

  • Clouds Hill (1.6 miles)
  • Hardy's Cottage (5.2 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.

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Terms and conditions

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

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Additional terms

The café's general opening times are 8.30am to 6pm Monday-Wednesday and 8.30am-9pm Thursday-Sunday. (Subject to events and bookings, please ask on arrival.)

Please be aware that over the busy summer months weddings and events are held. Any live music in the gardens (separate to the campsite) will finish by 11pm and all large groups are asked to turn off any music by 11pm as per the site rules.

We do not accept hen or stag parties, or single-sex groups.

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