Hillside Campsite

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"Your peaceful hideaway in the forest". Do come and see what the Jurassic South Coast has to offer...or just chill out here. Hillside Caravan and Campsite is uniquely well protected naturally by the forest, and our height above sea level along with our superb underground drainage system means we never flood or become boggy! We offer exclusive discounted camping for the emergency services, armed forces, NHS workers, disabled guests and OAPs - just let us know at the time of booking. Hillside Campsite is peacefully nestled into the 150,000 acres of the Ringwood Forest at Verwood (part of the 'old' King's forest of Cranborne Chase), and open all year round. Diane and Brian are always pleased to share their lovely five acres with guests: you can walk or cycle straight out of Hillside's gates, through our other fields directly into and along the 30-odd miles of beautiful forest tracks, without any dangerous road work. Children can safely play or learn to cycle anywhere on the campsite, clearly visible from any pitch, as camping is only allowed along the perimeter (this makes each pitch more spacious and private; you can't hear your 'neighbours' snoring). This leaves plenty of room for other guests to play badminton, boules or just share a glass of wine and the odd barbecued sausage or two. The large modern facilities are both private and very clean: there are 10 electric hook-ups available (modern, safe 10-amp supply units on separate mains - so no loss of current due to another's pitch being overloaded). Ice-packs are exchangeable for the more traditional camper. The nearest road is 200 metres away, so there are no road noises or street lamps ruining the night sky - in fact, one common comment about Hillside is that guests here can enjoy watching the moon creep across a carpet of sparkling stars, to the tunes of the night jars and owls. There is a no noise rule before 9am and after 9pm (with talking etc allowed) for all guests' comfort. A zero-tolerance to stupidity, aggression, annoyance to other guests or Hillside is operated. We have won four awards for excellence, including the Camping & Caravanning Club's 'Your Place in the Countryside' award in 2001. We are looking forward to welcoming you and yours. Brian and Diane.

Site type

Tent pitches 20
Touring caravan pitches 5

Languages spoken


Nearest sites

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away



Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year





Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven


Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby


Small (11-25 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby


Hillside Campsite

Ringwood Forest






BH21 5QY



Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)



Route directions

Located to the west of the New Forest National Park. We are located off Batterley Drove which connects the B3081 and B3078.

Nearest transport

5 mi Meeting House Lane
10.7 mi Bournemouth University
11.8 mi Bournemouth Station
11.6 mi Christchurch Rail Station
11.6 mi Pokesdown Rail Station
11.7 mi Bournemouth Rail Station
12.1 mi Tuckton Tea Gardens Ferry Landing
12.2 mi Christchurch Quay Ferry Landing
12.3 mi Wick Christchurch Ferry Landing
8.4 mi Bournemouth International Airport
22.7 mi Southampton Airport

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

We are so very fortunate at Hillside, well hidden quietly in the forest yet centrally situated for Bournemouth, Poole, Brownsea Island, Jersey, Swanage, Weymouth, Lulworth Cove, Corfe Castle, Dancing Ledge, Kimmeridge, Wareham, Blandford, Wimborne, Shaftesbury, Salisbury, Fordingbridge, Burley Lyndhurst, Beaulie, Lymington (and the Isle of Wight), Christchurch and Mudeford Quay. So whether you want to explore the New Forest or the National Trust properties in Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire, you can be there in a little over 20 minutes (which, with the price of fuel, keeps the moths in). Alternatively, just a gentle 15-minute stroll southwards through this beautiful forest, in Verwood town, there's 'The Hub' (busy entertainments, cinema, shows, etc), a museum, the Crane golf course, three super pubs, Indian, Italian, Chinese restaurants, cream teas, street cafes, brilliant and yummy butchers, hairdressers, florists, Morrisons, a Co-op, fish and chip shop and a farmers' market. Westwards there's the Forge, Woodlands, Edmondsham House and Victorian walled garden and a Norman Church; then north to Cranborne past the King's Hill and pottery to Lord Cranborne's shoppe and the Sheaf of Arrows pub - we could go on and on. Or just toddle into this forest and explore the fantastic history here.

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Bournemouth Boscombe Pier 12.3 mi Sea N/A Good Good Excellent
Bournemouth Manor Steps 12.3 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent N/A
Bournemouth Fisherman`S Walk 12.4 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bournemouth Pier 12.5 mi Sea N/A Excellent Good Good
Bournemouth Durley Chine 12.7 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

Breamore House 6.4 mi

Adventure Wonderland 8.5 mi

Kingston Lacy House and Gardens 9.1 mi

Salisbury Cathedral 12.1 mi

The Bournemouth Balloon 12.2 mi

National Trust

Kingston Lacy 9.2 mi

White Mill 10.4 mi

Mompesson House 12.2 mi

Little Clarendon 13.7 mi

Philipps House and Dinton Park 14 mi

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.





Holt Heath - Horton Tower - Holt Heath 5.1 mi


Local events

  • New Forest and Hampshire County Show (Tuesday 30 July 2024 – Tuesday 30 July 2024)

    Brockenhurst, Hampshire 13.4 mi

  • Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival and Rally (Friday 19 July 2024 – Friday 19 July 2024)

    Dorchester, Dorset 21.1 mi

  • Tankfest (Friday 28 June 2024 – Friday 28 June 2024)

    Wareham, Dorset 21.4 mi

  • Camp Bestival Dorset (Thursday 25 July 2024 – Thursday 25 July 2024)

    Wareham, Dorset 23.1 mi

  • Dorset County Show (Saturday 7 September 2024 – Saturday 7 September 2024)

    Dorchester, Dorset 26.9 mi

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.


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  • Does Hillside Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Hillside Campsite dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Hillside Campsite? We are so very fortunate at Hillside, well hidden quietly in the forest yet centrally situated for Bournemouth, Poole, Brownsea Island, Jersey, Swanage, Weymouth, Lulworth Cove, Corfe Castle, Dancing Ledge, Kimmeridge, Wareham, … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Hillside Campsite?

    After 2.30pm

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