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- No-frills, rural camping field two miles from Wimborne Minster
- A 20-minute drive to Blandford Forum; 30 minutes to the coast
- Secluded pitches behind a traditional pub with thatched roof
Stay at The Barley Mow Inn’s secluded site, in the field behind the historic pub, and you'll be following in famous footsteps: this is where Oliver Cromwell once stopped off on his way to battle at Corfe Castle in the 17th century. If you’re after rural peace and simplicity, this is a super spot with just a few frills thrown in: there’s plenty of parking on site, wifi is available, and there are toilets in the car park so you'll not be caught short when the pub is closed.
Surrounded by gorgeous Dorset countryside, the Barley Mow is a cosy, old-fashioned pub with a thatched roof, exposed beams and blazing log fires. It’s open for lunch and dinner – all day at the weekend – so you can pop in for a locally brewed beer or book in for supper and stay on to socialise with the locals. And in summer, there’s always something happening there, so watch out for live music, hog roasts or occasional steam-engine rallies.
The lovely old town of Wimborne Minster is two miles away along quiet country lanes, so it’s handy for picking up supplies – and there’s a flea market every Saturday where you can root out bargains. A host of outdoor activities are on hand, from long forest walks with the family dog to carp fishing and playing golf. If you’re out and about exploring by car, there are animal sanctuaries, museums and ruined castles all within an hour’s drive.
Open from 12/04/2021 to 31/10/2021
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
This is a quiet site: no music is allowed.
This site has no on-site shower facilities.
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Non-electric grass pitch
Max. persons: 6 x
Pitch size : Min 7.0m width x 7.0m depth (23.0ft width x 23.0ft depth) Calculated area: 49.0m² (527.4ft²)
Ground type: Grass
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The food in the pub was very good
All totally adequate
Pub next door
Was not really a site, just an overgrown, uneven field
Great place for our first night away. Loved it!
A lot of money for very basic facilities....
Weather amazing quite field no hassle
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
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Dog walk nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
Horse riding nearby
- Coach stations
Bournemouth Uni.: Talbot Campus Coach Stop
— 5.9 miles
5.9 miles Parkstone: Ashley Road Coach Stop — 6.4 miles
6.4 miles Branksome: Poole Rd Coach Stop — 6.6 miles
- Train stations
Branksome Rail Station
— 6.6 miles
6.6 miles Parkstone (Dorset) Rail Station — 6.7 miles
6.7 miles Poole Rail Station — 7.1 miles
- Ferry ports
Poole Quay Ferry Landing
— 7.6 miles
7.6 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 7.9 miles
7.9 miles Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 9.1 miles
Bournemouth International Airport
— 6.2 miles
6.2 miles Southampton Airport — 27.6 miles
As well as being close to walks in Moors Valley Country Park & Forest (20 minutes by car), the Barley Mow Inn is half an hour’s drive from Bournemouth, so on sunny days you can pack the bucket and spade and head to the beach with the kids. They’ll probably love you forever if you also take them to meet the chimps at Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre, or to scramble over army vehicles at the Tank Museum, both under 45 minutes’ drive.
Around the same distance and adding a cultural mix into your trip, you might relive a Civil War battle at hilltop Corfe Castle or see how the 19th-century aristocracy lived at Neo-Gothic Highcliffe Castle. There's stately home elegance to be seen at Kingston Lacy (10 minutes' drive), or you can pretend to be giants at Wimborne's Model Town & Gardens (five minutes).
Salisbury (40 minutes drive) also makes a fantastic family day out, with its mighty cathedral, tours of grand Wilton House and riverside restaurants. Closer to home is Blandford Forum (20 minutes), home to a fashion museum and tours of the Hall and Woodhouse Brewery.
- Kingston Lacy House and Gardens (3.5 miles)
- Adventure Wonderland (5.8 miles)
- The Bournemouth Balloon (7.8 miles)
- Kingston Lacy (3.4 miles)
- White Mill (4.7 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||12 p.m. –||7 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
The Barley Mow Inn cancellation policy
Balance refunds: no penalties
The site is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.
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.
The remainder is payable on arrival.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
- Does The Barley Mow Inn have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is The Barley Mow Inn dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near The Barley Mow Inn? As well as being close to walks in Moors Valley Country Park & Forest (20 minutes by car), the Barley Mow Inn is half an hour’s drive from Bournemouth, so on sunny … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of The Barley Mow Inn?
Camping and touring Arrive: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m.
- How much does it cost to stay at The Barley Mow Inn? From £20 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability