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Eweleaze Farm is a small organic farm on the south Dorset coast. It is situated in a secluded valley, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and includes ½ mile of private beach and cliffs, which now forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Every August we open Eweleaze Farm for tent camping.The campsite is located 1km off the road down a farm track, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, making it quiet and secluded, and safe for children. There are extensive sea views from most parts of the site, and guests have the use of the of the private beach, which forms part of the farm.
The site covers several fields so it doesn't feel crowded, even on busy weekends, and it is usually possible to choose your own pitch. Friends and families can camp in groups as they please, and parking by your tent is allowed on most of the fields. There is loads of room for kids to run around, fly kites, play ball games and the like.
Campfires are allowed, adding to the atmosphere. Firewood is available bagged in the shop, as well as from a free wood pile near the farmyard.
The Farm Shop:
In the farmyard we have a farm shop, which sells almost entirely organic produce including beef and lamb from the farm, pork, eggs, milk, cheese, bread, vegetables, beers, ciders and wines, as well as firewood, gas, bbqs, charcoal and other essentials.
Following the success of our on-site bakery in 2011, we will be running this again in 2012 with an extended range of home baked organic breads, cakes and pastries.
Also in the farmyard we sell organic
Stone baked pizzas
Chips, pies and pasties
The beach is a quiet, shingly cove running along side the site and out to a rocky headland. The headland forms a sheltered area with rockpools which is good for snorkelling. The beach is clean and good for swimming. Fires and barbeques are allowed on the beach - some campers have been known to catch their own supper!
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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
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
Jumbo tent pitches
- Coach stations
Weymouth: Town Centre Coach Stops — 3.2 miles
3.2 miles Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 4.6 miles
4.6 miles Wareham: North Street Coach Stop — 13.2 miles
- Train stations
Upwey Rail Station — 2.8 miles
2.8 miles Weymouth Rail Station — 3.1 miles
3.1 miles Dorchester South Rail Station — 4.6 miles
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 3.3 miles
3.3 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 18.5 miles
18.5 miles Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 18.9 miles
Bournemouth International Airport — 26.6 miles
Sat-nav DT3 6ED takes you most of the way – but we are south/seaward of the main road
From the West (Weymouth)
proceed through Preston and up the hill to Osmington. At the sign for Osmington turn right onto a farm track. Drive for 1km over the hill and down to the farm.
From the East (A35) take the B3390 and A353 to Osmington. Drive through the village and on exiting turn left at the sign, onto a farm track. Drive for 1km over the hill and down to the farm.
National Rail to Weymouth, from Bournemouth/Southampton/Waterloo, Bristol/Bath and other locations
National Express to Weymouth, from Bournemouth and other locations
X53 Jurassic Coastline bus which runs from Poole to Exeter. Get off at The Spice Ship, Preston (see On Foot directions below) £6.50/adult - £4.80/child, single for any distance on this service. This ticket also allows travel on the Bournemouth-Poole local bus for connections.
By local bus from Weymouth
503 Weymouth to Waterside Holiday Park, £1.60/adult - £1.10/child, single, walk from here
4B & X53 Weymouth to The Spice Ship, Preston, £1.60/adult - £1.10/child, single, walk from here
By taxi from Weymouth
Bee Cars - 01305 775151 or 769900. £9.00 from Weymouth train station or bus terminal. Ask them to drop you right down to reception, not just at the top of the hill
• From Weymouth, east along the coast path until you find the site (4.5km)
• From Bowleaze, east along the coast path until you find the site (700m)
• From Waterside Holiday Park bus drop off, following the public footpath through the tourers area and out onto a footpath running past pony paddocks, then following the signs across the pony paddocks and into the back of the campsite (400m)
• From The Spice Ship, Preston, along Church Lane to the end, then following the signs across the pony paddocks and into the back of the campsite (1300m)
• From Osmington, along the main road (caution), west to the site entrance. There is also a footpath from the main road through Osmington, signposted from next to Osmington Hill farm (700m)
If you are walking this stretch of the SW Coast Path, you may like to know that you can get your luggage forwarded on from your last stay, and on to the next site when you leave. Please see www.luggagetransfers.co.uk / 0800 043 7927 for more details.
There are no time limits for arrival and departure. Please go to reception on arrival
The South West Coast path runs along the edge of the fields above the beach, with walks to Osmington Mills, Ringstead, Durdle Door and Lulworth to the east and Weymouth to the west. Beyond Weymouth, across the bay from Eweleaze, is the Isle of Portland, the venue for the 2012 sailing Olympics.
Weymouth is 7km by car (walking 4.5km), and has a sandy beach, a harbour and very good nightlife. Dorchester with its museums, market and other attractions is about 10km. There are loads of attractions in the surrounding area, although many people find they never get around to leaving the site!
This coastline forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, so fossil hunting is one more activity for the kids (and adults).
Area and Activities:
The nearest shops are the Spar and Co-op located 2km down the road towards Weymouth. In Weymouth itself there is a large range of shops, supermarkets and restaurants. Dorchester is less hectic in the summer, and has more upmarket shops for crafts, gifts and antiques.
We have a number of good pubs and cafes within walking distance (1-3km) of the site. Of note are the Smugglers Inn at Osmington Mills, and the Oasis Cafe just west of Bowleaze Cove.
For local food and drink the West Dorset website is very comprehensive
- Weymouth Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary (2.4 miles)
- Radipole Lake Nature Reserve (3.3 miles)
- Hardy's Birthplace (5.8 miles)
- Max Gate (4.4 miles)
- Hardy's Cottage (5.7 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.