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- Family-run park in the village of Wool, five miles from the coast
- Less than two miles from Monkey World and the Tank Museum
- Five minutes' walk from train station, bus stops, pubs and shops
If you’re choosing your holiday reads to bring with you to Whitemead Caravan Park, there’s one blindingly obvious contender: step forward local lad Mr Thomas Hardy. Reread your old copy of Tess of the D’Urbervilles down here and you may just spot a few similarities between a couple of local buildings and certain locations in the novel.
Even if literary references aren’t your thing, there are many reasons to plant yourselves at this family-run park in the village of Wool. Chief among these may well be its easy access to a plethora of transport options. Make life easy by leaving your car or caravan on site and just toddling a few minutes to the train station or bus stops for your days out.
Alternatively, get those legs really going by using the network of walking and bike paths to explore the area – heaps of fab attractions are within easy reach on foot or two wheels. Upon your return to the village, reward your efforts with a hearty feed of fish and chips or a restorative pint of the local ale at one of the two pubs within staggering distance.
Also within a few minutes’ walk are a butcher and a baker (sadly no candlestick maker) where you can pick up fresh grub for your evening barbie. Less poetic but no less convenient are the village’s two supermarkets, and the park’s own mini market, full of handy essentials.
If you didn’t quite manage to tire your kids out during the day, send them over to the playground, or wander over to the games room for a few rounds of pool, darts or table football. Wifi is available if they need a little bit of quiet time alone to play with gadgetry.
All this cycling, playing and barbecuing can be mucky work so the on-site launderette may well prove to be a useful feature. For your own personal clean-up routine the modern toilet block has free hot showers and a hair dryer point where you can restore your barnet to its former glory.
Pitches themselves are spacious and surrounded by trees; the park stretches over five acres so you can always find a shady spot to settle down with a glass of wine and a Hardy novel (other authors’ works are also permitted).
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From the manager...
Thank you so much for your brilliant review, we hope you will come and stay with us again.
From the manager...
We did give people the option of transferring their stay, we cannot refund a deposit which we never had. Your deposit was paid to pitch up not us, and it does state this is non refundable for inclement weather. The majority of the site it out of use due to being water logged as are most of the other sites in the area, most have closed.
From the manager...
Thank you so much, really appreciate your understanding as weather was so awful, only wish more people were like you.
From the manager...
Hello Kim, Thank you for taking your time to comment on Pitchup.com, glad you in enjoyed your stay, hope see you again in the future. :)
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
Touring and motorhomes
Motorhome service point
Tourer storage facilities
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
- Coach stations
Wareham: North Street Coach Stop
— 5.1 miles
5.1 miles Corfe Castle: East Street Coach Stop — 8.1 miles
8.1 miles Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 9.5 miles
- Train stations
Wool Rail Station
— 0.2 miles
0.2 miles Moreton (Dorset) Rail Station — 4.1 miles
4.1 miles Wareham Rail Station — 4.9 miles
- Ferry ports
Poole Ferry Terminal
— 10.4 miles
10.4 miles Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 10.8 miles
10.8 miles Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 11.0 miles
Bournemouth International Airport
— 18.5 miles
On the edge of the Isle of Purbeck and halfway between Bournemouth and Dorchester, Wool is handily placed for reaching all manner of fab attractions.
Closest to the park are Monkey World and the Tank Museum in Bovington, both of which can be reached with a five-minute drive, 10-minute cycle or half-hour walk. The residents at Monkey World now number over 250, all of them either rescued or endangered species and several now enjoying reality TV star status thanks to a documentary series that’s been running in the UK since 2006. Nearby, the Tank Museum houses a collection of over 300 vehicles, from the world’s first ever tank through to more modern exhibits, and is widely regarded as one of the world's top military museums.
If you’d like to play at being a knight, 15 minutes’ drive (or an hour’s cycle) brings you to Corfe Castle, a medieval ruin with plenty of nooks and crannies for hiding out and spying on your family through arrow holes. A model village next door gives you an idea of how it may have looked in its heyday. Also not quite intact is Lulworth Castle (15 minutes’ drive or a half-hour cycle), which has been only partly restored since it was gutted by fire in 1929. Climb the tower for some great views, or make like a royal and promenade around the castle’s sizeable parkland grounds.
Five miles south of the park you’ll hit the sea and some of the Jurassic Coast’s most famed attractions – Lulworth Cove and the huge rock arch of Durdle Door. Adventurous types can join kayaking or coasteering trips from here to get up close to the famed coastline. Eagle-eyed fossil hunters should head east to Kimmeridge Bay, where it’s possible to come across ammonites and other fossils as you scour the beach.
Other options for days out might include cycling around Wareham Forest followed by a boat trip on the river Frome from Wareham itself (10 minutes’ drive from the park), or a steam-powered trip on the Swanage Railway (half an hour’s drive), or making friends with the sharks at SeaLife in Weymouth (20 minutes’ drive), or – well, it’s safe to say you won’t get bored around these parts.
- Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre (1.2 miles)
- The Tank Museum (1.2 miles)
- Lulworth Castle & Park (3.0 miles)
- Clouds Hill (2.8 miles)
- Hardy's Cottage (7.9 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.