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- Peaceful, basic pitches in a tree-lined paddock with rural views
- 15 minutes' drive from the beach and attractions of Weymouth
- Country pubs and farm shop within a five-minute drive
A secluded spot, with scenic surrounds and a short hop from the gorgeous Dorset coast – what a fab little rural retreat is Friar Waddon House, in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 15 minutes’ drive from the seaside resort of Weymouth. Gorgeous green views all around give the place a decidedly peaceful vibe, but you’re only five minutes’ drive away from pubs and a farm shop, and 10 minutes from a train station and supermarket.
This is a laidback kind of place that welcomes dogs and has plenty of space for running about and playing games, setting up barbecues for dinners or trying your hand at campfire construction. A shared toilet block with showers is a short stroll away; there's lighting on site but sensible types might wish to bring a torch along anyway.
As you'll note from the map pointer, this is a most handy spot for Dorset adventuring: there are miles of footpaths and quiet roads to wander or cycle along around here – the Dorset Ridgeway being a particular favourite. It's also a 15-minute drive to Weymouth, Dorchester and the fossil-packed Jurassic Coast, so there should be plenty to keep you entertained whether you favour countryside or coast (or, ideally, a bit of both…)
Open from 11/09/2022 to 30/09/2022
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If you like silence in the middle of nowhere go for it
Would definitely recommend staying here as a base to explore Weymouth
A good site for many - but very busy and tight pitches.
It was a lovely Campsite in a field in the …
Nice spot for a ‘wildish’ camp.
Just outside Weymouth to not be effected by light pollution …
Views, eco friendy
Great site well maintained animals great showers amazing site
Hand sanitising stations
Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning
Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning
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
Dog walk nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
- Coach stations
— 4.2 miles
4.2 miles Marks and Spencer — 4.9 miles
4.9 miles Coach Station — 11.9 miles
- Train stations
Upwey Rail Station
— 2.5 miles
2.5 miles Dorchester West Rail Station — 4.1 miles
4.1 miles Dorchester South Rail Station — 4.2 miles
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal
— 5.1 miles
5.1 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 22.9 miles
22.9 miles Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 23.3 miles
Bournemouth International Airport
— 30.7 miles
The best way to get to the site is by turning of the the B3159 onto the Friar Waddon Road. The site is 1.5 miles along, on the right as you head west. Look out for a large concrete track, tall trees and camping signs.
Country days and coast days are equally easy from here – and equally fab. Walking and cycle trails are pretty much right outside the site, and there are plenty more routes around the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you like to see big stuff, take a wander to see the Cerne Abbas Giant, 25 minutes’ drive away (a lengthy lad indeed at 55 metres from top to toe) or make for Maiden Castle, 20 minutes away (one of Europe’s largest Iron Age hillforts, the size of 50 football pitches).
For something more genteel, head east for 25 minutes or so to get to Sculpture By The Lakes and 15th-century Athelhampton House or follow the Thomas Hardy trail around Dorchester (15 minutes) and out to Higher Bockhampton.
A trip down to the coast is a cinch too – take your pick from the sandy beach, aquarium and traditional seaside fun in Weymouth (15 minutes), the sweeping 18-mile Chesil Beach (20 minutes) and the fossil-hunter’s fave Osmington (20 minutes). The sea-view subtropical gardens, swannery and kids’ farm at Abbotsbury (10 minutes) are certainly worth a stop too.
- Abbotsbury Swannery (4.0 miles)
- Weymouth Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary (4.2 miles)
- Radipole Lake Nature Reserve (4.4 miles)
- Max Gate (4.7 miles)
- Hardy's Cottage (6.7 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||1 p.m. –||8 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
|Arrive:||4 p.m. –||8 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
Friar Waddon House cancellation policy
No refunds within 10 days of arrival date.
Bookings cannot be amended within 3 day(s) of arrival.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
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.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Friar Waddon House will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- Does Friar Waddon House have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Friar Waddon House dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Friar Waddon House? Country days and coast days are equally easy from here – and equally fab. Walking and cycle trails are pretty much right outside the site, and there are plenty more routes around … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Friar Waddon House?
Camping and touring Arrive: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m. On-site accommodation Arrive: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m.