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We open our farm for tent camping for just 4 weeks of the year, starting in mid July. Located in an area known locally as 'Paradise Valley', the site covers several hedged fields in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Accessed by a track down from the main road, the campsite is quiet, secluded and safe for children. The farm runs up to East Hill (the North Down), from where there are amazing panoramic views over Dorset.
The site is run along very similar lines to its sister site, Eweleaze Farm. Like at Eweleaze, guests are able to choose their own pitch, so friends and families can camp in groups as they please, and parking by your tent is allowed on most fields. There's loads of room for kids to run around, fly kites, and play ball games.
Campfires are allowed, adding to the atmosphere, and firewood is available from the farm shop.
Toilets - every field has toilets
Showers - there are free hot showers at several locations around the site
Washing up - washing up sinks are available around the site
Recycling facilities - these are available around the site - as an 'eco' site we try hard to recycle
Pets - pets are welcome
Ice pack exchange - this is available in the farm shop
Animals - we have tame goats, sheep, dogs, etc. for the children to see and touch
Courtesy bus - this runs every day to Weymouth Beach (from 22nd July)
In the central area 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.
This year we have our own organic bakery producing a range of breads, cakes and pastries.
Also in the central area we also sell:
Organic stone-baked pizzas
Chips, pies and pasties
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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.
To book multiple pitches or accommodation, use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together. Complete the booking form for the first booking (you can add a password and save your card so that we remember your details). Then click "Make another booking like this" at the top of the confirmation page to make the next booking.
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.
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
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding 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 — 2.3 miles
2.3 miles Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 5.0 miles
5.0 miles Wareham: North Street Coach Stop — 14.0 miles
- Train stations
Weymouth Rail Station — 2.2 miles
2.2 miles Upwey Rail Station — 2.2 miles
2.2 miles Dorchester South Rail Station — 5.0 miles
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 2.4 miles
2.4 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 19.3 miles
19.3 miles Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 19.7 miles
Bournemouth International Airport — 27.5 miles
From the West (Weymouth)
Follow directions to Preston and stay on the A353. Proceed through Preston, heading towards Osmington. As you leave Preston, you will be on Osmington Hill (still the A353) and Weymouth Bay Holiday Park will be on your right hand side. There will be a bend in the road up ahead and the entrance to Northdown Farm is just after you come out of this bend, on the left hand side.
From the East (A35) take the B3390 and A353 to Osmington. As you exit Osmington Village, you will pass a national speed limit sign. The entrance to Northdown Farm is approximately 800m from this sign, on the right hand side.
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
4B Weymouth to Silver St, Sutton Poyntz, £1.60/adult - £1.10/child, single, walk from here
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.
• From the South Dorset Ridgeway, down the footpath from near the remains of Northdown Barn
• From the SW coast path, take the public footpath at Bowleaze through Waterside Caravan Park and onto Church Lane. Follow this to the main road by the Spice Ship, then:
• From The Spice Ship, Preston along Sutton Road, bear right for the Springhead pub. After the Springhead (after the pond) at the end of the road turn right into White Horse Lane. The site is at the end of this lane.
• From Silver Street, Sutton Poyntz, North along Silver St or Sutton Road. After the Springhead at the end of the road (after the pond) turn right into White Horse Lane. At the end of this lane you will find the site.
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, except on the last day, where campers must vacate the site by 6pm. Please go to reception on arrival.
There are a number of good beaches in the area.
Eweleaze Farm - this is 2.5km from the site. Note there is no parking available at Eweleaze. The beach is a quiet, shingly cove running out to a rocky headland.
Ringstead Bay - this bay is 6km from Northdown, along a toll road, £5 including parking for the day.
Bowleaze Cove - popular with windsurfers, this beach is 3.5km from the site. Free on-road parking.
Weymouth - this is a long sandy beach with a typical English seaside theme. It does get busy in season.
For others try www.dorsetbeaches.co.uk
Area and Activities
The South West Coast path runs approx 2km to the south of the site, with walks to Osmington Mills, Ringstead, Durdle Door and Lulworth to the east and Weymouth to the west. Beyond Weymouth, across the bay, is the Isle of Portland, the venue for the 2012 sailing Olympics.
Weymouth is 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.
This coastline forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, so fossil hunting is one more activity for the kids (and adults!).
Shops, Pubs and Cafes
The nearest shops are the Spar and Co-op located 1km down the road in Preston. 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 within walking distance of the site. Of note is the Springhead which is a short walk from the back of the site, and the Spice Ship on the main road, also within walking distance.
- Weymouth Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary (1.5 miles)
- Radipole Lake Nature Reserve (2.4 miles)
- Hardy's Birthplace (6.5 miles)
- Max Gate (4.9 miles)
- Hardy's Cottage (6.5 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.