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Clayford Field

9.3

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General

  • Rural six-acre site 10 minutes' drive from Wimborne
  • Just off the 17-mile Castleman Trailway and 10 miles from Bournemouth
  • A 10-minute forest walk from a country pub

Walkies time… whether you’ve brought a dog pal along or not, Clayford Field is a cracking spot for those who like a bit of rural roaming on foot.

This simple Dorset site is surrounded by places to get out and stretch your legs: it’s reached via two miles of gravel bridleway and encircled by the woods and fields of the Holt Heath National Nature Reserve, Uddens Park and Ferndown Forest, and a 10-minute toddle from the nearest pub through the forest (perhaps the most rewarding walk of all?). Ferndown and Wimborne Minster are both about 10 minutes’ drive away for urban bits like supermarkets and restaurants.

Cycling types and more energetic walkers can head straight out onto the Castleman Trailway, a 17-mile stretch of disused railway line that leads all the way to Poole or the New Forest depending on which way you angle your sights. Golf, fishing and watersports are also nearby, and it’s half an hour's drive to the coast for beach days.

Free spirits will be in their element here, as this is a place where you can pick your own pitch, to have as much space and shade as you like in the secluded six-acre field. There’s plenty of space for games, and access to basic facilities in the form of flushing toilets, hot showers and fresh water standpipe.


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9.3

Overall rating based on 46 reviews

 

96% would recommend this site to a friend.

93% would stay here again.

  76% described as Peaceful ?

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Cool04/09/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAlmantas D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Space

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    Wc

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Great location04/09/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    This is a fantastic location for a basecamp to explore the surrounding area. It offers a pleasant 10-minute walk through the woods to reach the local pub, a convenient 15-minute drive to the river for a refreshing swim on sunny days, and just 30 minutes to reach the beach. The facilities here are adequate.

    Disliked: 

    The noise from the A31 can be audible during certain weather conditions and may be bothersome to individuals who are sensitive to such sounds.

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Excellent site, great base, friendly staff.03/09/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Easy access to the site, facilities were maintained well. Any issues Sam was on site to help.

    Disliked: 

    The only downside was large amount of ticks, but that is outside of the site’s control and it is wild/budget camping.

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First time in our camper van and first time using pitch up. Brilliant!03/09/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomClaire R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Peaceful and pretty site
    Pitch where you like
    Toilets, showers and washing up available
    Lovely walks in the forest

    Disliked: 

    Not a lot!

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Great place for a stopover07/09/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRenee G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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  • Liked: 

    We liked the self check-in. The toilets and showers were clean and there was plenty of space.

    Disliked: 

    It’s a bit of a long trek down an unmade road, but it wasn’t too bad.

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A site which I felt safe at as a first time solo traveller. 😀29/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The gated entrance which required a code, this made it feel safer as a solo traveller and also the flatness of the field...no trying to work out the best way to pitch your tent! Text from Sam on arrival, nice to have a contact.

    Disliked: 

    Washing up water could be warm to help clean away the grease easier.

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Would definitely stay again29/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLuke M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Great small grass site surrounded by trees. Good communication and easy to access. Friendly staff on site.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Excellent site28/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnne W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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    What a gem of a place as we arrived Sam the owner welcomed us. Pitch anywhere. Toilet, shower and washing up facilities, kept clean. Lovely walk through forest to a great pub, good food, very friendly. Will definitely visit again.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike

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Lovely well kept site, level pitches, really friendly, helpful owners28/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNeil R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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    Just had a very chilled weekend at this lovely pop-up site with our dog. The site is gated so very safe with key code entry sent to you prior to arrival. Perfect for children and dogs. You can more or less pitch up wherever you fancy. Ample room.
    Sam the owner was absolutely fantastic, so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We hired a firepit which was perfect. The showers and toilets are well kept and cleaned regularly. There are some lovely walks and highly recommend a walk to The Forest Inn for food and drink. All in all a lovely peaceful retreat and we will definitely return.

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Really loved this simple site, peaceful and not overcrowded. Love …27/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJennie H.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Really loved this simple site, peaceful and not overcrowded. Love that you can pitch wherever you like. The staff running this site were so lovely and helpful and not intrusive in any way.
    Appreciated the locked main gate with a code for access made it feel very safe. Lovely walking with the forest all around and a lovely walk to the nearest Pub/Inn The Forest Inn situated in the golf course but again lovely friendly staff and super food.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike about this small basic camping field.

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Bath available

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Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

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Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Type

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Medium (26-50 pitches)

Pop-up campsite

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Location

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  • Clayford House, Clayford, Wimborne, Dorset, England, BH21 7BJ
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.8240°N 1.9156°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bournemouth University — 5.6 miles
Meeting House Lane — 5.6 miles
St Johns Church — 6.7 miles
Train stations
Branksome Rail Station — 6.7 miles
Bournemouth Rail Station — 7.0 miles
Parkstone (Dorset) Rail Station — 7.1 miles
Ferry ports
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 8.3 miles
Tuckton Tea Gardens Ferry Landing — 8.5 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 8.7 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 4.9 miles
Southampton Airport — 25.8 miles

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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

Boots or bikes are a given, so you can get out onto all those local trails, but it’s also worth chucking your fishing kit and/or golf clubs in the car – the White Sheet Trout Fishery is about a five-minute drive away and the Ferndown Forest Golf Club about 10.

A riding stables is 20 minutes away for those who’d like to hack through the woods, and there’s wakeboarding, kayaking, paddleboarding and a crazy inflatable obstacle course on the lake at New Forest Water Park (25 minutes).

It’s a 25-minute drive to the Dorset coast from here – set your sights on Bournemouth or Sandbanks for a sweep of sandy beaches, or head to Poole for boat trips to the nature reserve on Brownsea Island.

Treating the kids to a day out? Let them pick from Farmer Palmer's Farm Park, the waterslides at Splashdown waterpark, the friendly cartoon characters of Peppa Pig World or animal antics at Monkey World; all are within a 45-minute drive. On a smaller scale (literally) is Wimborne Model Town, 10 minutes away.

Must see

  • Adventure Wonderland (4.6 miles)
  • Kingston Lacy House and Gardens (5.3 miles)
  • The Bournemouth Balloon (7.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Kingston Lacy (5.2 miles)
  • White Mill (6.5 miles)

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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.

  • Does Clayford Field have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Clayford Field dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Clayford Field? Boots or bikes are a given, so you can get out onto all those local trails, but it’s also worth chucking your fishing kit and/or golf clubs in the car – the … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Clayford Field?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
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Please note that access to the site is along a two-mile gravel bridleway.

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