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- 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...
Open from 15/07/2017 to 06/09/2017
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Party: 2 adults
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However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can now make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children on one pitch.
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Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Non-electric grass tent pitch
Max. persons: unlimited x
Dimensions: Max 10.0m width x 10.0m depth (32.8ft width x 32.8ft depth) Calculated area: 100.0m² (1076.4ft²)
Ground type: Grass
Gazebos are not permitted on this pitch.
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Lots of space, big open area between tents in middle ...
Location is perfect for a weekend break. Large, level pitches.
Amateurish set-up; could do a whole lot better.
The on site cafe was great and served delicious hot ...
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
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Jumbo tent pitches
- Coach stations
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 6.9 miles
6.9 miles Wareham: North Street Coach Stop — 7.5 miles
7.5 miles Weymouth: Town Centre Coach Stops — 9.8 miles
- Train stations
Moreton (Dorset) Rail Station — 1.5 miles
1.5 miles Wool Rail Station — 2.9 miles
2.9 miles Dorchester South Rail Station — 6.9 miles
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 9.8 miles
9.8 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 12.6 miles
12.6 miles Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 12.9 miles
Bournemouth International Airport — 20.3 miles
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.
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.
- The Tank Museum (1.7 miles)
- Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre (2.8 miles)
- Hardy's Birthplace (5.2 miles)
- Clouds Hill (1.6 miles)
- Hardy's Cottage (5.2 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
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|Arrive:||9 a.m. –||6 p.m.|
The Walled Garden cancellation policy
No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.
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.
The Walled Garden will debit the full amount from your card immediately. This includes a 15% non-refundable deposit.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer