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Donkey Down Campsite: Looking south towards Portland from the Ridgeway

General

  • Peaceful 10-acre site with views of Weymouth bay and Portland harbour
  • On the South Dorset Ridgeway with access to the South West Coast Path
  • Campfires, barbecues and dogs allowed on base

There’s plenty of space for you to pick your own pitch at Donkey Down Campsite, a peaceful 10-acre park on an organic livestock farm in Sutton Poyntz. Just make sure to avoid the neolithic tumulus…

That’s one of the many ancient burial mounds covering this part of the South Dorset Ridgeway landscape, so you’re in for a historical hol as well as a scenic one during a stay here.

And to be perfectly honest, ‘scenic’ is an understatement when describing this site – it’s got spectacular views across Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour, as well as the surrounding Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Alongside the park are seven acres of open access land – fab for flying a kite or exercising your dogs (which are welcome at Donkey Down) – and you can also link up with the South West Coast Path, which opens up 630 miles’ worth of walks.

Peckish post-amble? Campfires and barbecues are permitted on site, so grab supplies in Preston, five minutes’ drive away, then bound back to base for some grilled fare. If you don’t fancy doing the cooking, the town has a couple of takeaways and a pub is closer by in Sutton Poyntz, a 10-minute walk away.

Please note

Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

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.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Single-sex bookings of 4 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.


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9.2

Overall rating based on 358 reviews

 

96% would recommend this site to a friend.

94% would stay here again.

  89% described as Spectacular scenery ?

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What is there not to like: Incredible views, piping hot showers,17/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBrynna V.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    What is there not to like: Incredible views, piping hot showers 24/7, friendly & helpful people. It's located in a peaceful, hill top location, slightly out of town so very quiet. Walks straight onto the Coastal walks. Great facilities, including a small bar.

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    Spotting the turning into the campsite! Keep your eyes open. :-)

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Excellent site, great facilities and delightful staff15/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJosie s.Confirmed

  • Bell tent
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    I cannot recommend Donkey Down campsite enough! From the moment we arrived nothing was too much trouble, someone always on hand to answer questions whilst preserving a high degree of privacy and tranquility on site. The facilities were spotless and the pitch had a stunning view. The owners were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, and the bar/coffee shop and breakfast/dinner options an unexpected bonus - I would go back to Donkey Down just for the food, drink, views and hospitality even if I lived in the area, absolutely fabulous!

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Everything !15/06/2021

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

  • Bell tent
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    Everything !

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    Nothing

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Great site would definitely use again.14/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Incredible views, very clean compost toilets, plenty of hot showers, food and drink vans were excellent, fire pits a great bonus, plenty of space

    Disliked: 

    Ground very hard for tent pegs, no shade

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Beautiful views, clean, great atmosphere, quiet side and loud side …14/06/2021

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

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Beautiful views, clean, great atmosphere, quiet side and loud side so you can choose if you wanna party or chill.

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Excellent Campsite!14/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Location, Bar, clean facilities and friendly staff.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing!

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A great weekend away! Thank you.14/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomtom c.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    The view was great. The toilet and showers were fantastic. Site was easy to access and close to Weymouth and Dorchester.

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Great site with friendly staff14/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJonathan B.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Excellent big space, very relaxed. 4 pm check out time meant for a relaxed start to the day

    Disliked: 

    Sharing toilet handwashing facilities with washing up sinks at lower end of field.

    A really exposed site to any weather. There is no shelter at all from weather from any direction. BUT the views are spectacular and in fine weather it's a real gem.

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Showers and toilets very cleaned14/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKarolina K.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    Showers and toilets very cleaned

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It was perfect! The campsite was so accommodating of our …14/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomConstance A.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    It was perfect! The campsite was so accommodating of our group and John @ the bar really made our whole weekend. Best campsite I’ve ever been to. Incredible views and incredible hosts.

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    Nothing!

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Hand sanitising stations

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

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

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Large (51-200 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • Plaisters Lane, Sutton Poyntz, Preston, Dorset, England, DT3 6LQ
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.6580°N 2.4295°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Weymouth: Town Centre Coach Stops — 3.3 miles
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 3.6 miles
Wareham: North Street Coach Stop — 14.2 miles
Train stations
Upwey Rail Station — 1.7 miles
Weymouth Rail Station — 3.1 miles
Dorchester South Rail Station — 3.6 miles
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 3.5 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 19.5 miles
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 19.8 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 27.5 miles

Directions


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

Strolls along the South Dorset Ridgeway and the South West Coast Path are to be had straight from this site, so make sure to pack the walking boots. Look out for the Osmington White Horse, a hillside figure carved into limestone, while you wander.

For beach days, the dog-friendly Overcombe (a five-minute drive) and Ringstead bay (15 minutes) are some of your closest stretches of seaside, while Weymouth is also close by (10 minutes) for visits to the SEA LIFE Centre, Nothe Fort and boat trips from the harbour. Thrill-seeking sorts can also jetski here, plus there’s kayaking for a gentler time on the water.

Dawdle to Dorchester (10 minutes) for historical sightseeing in an old market town that’s home to the Maiden Castle hillfort and Roman Town House remains, or amble to Abbotsbury (20 minutes) for access to an abbey, castle and some fab fossil foraging at Chesil beach. Other Jurassic Coast destinations in the area include the horseshoe-shaped Lulworth Cove and the arched rock formation of Durdle Door (both 25 minutes).

If animal antics are what you’re after, you can peer at the protected primates in the Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre (20 minutes).

Must see

  • Weymouth Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary (2.4 miles)
  • Radipole Lake Nature Reserve (3.2 miles)
  • Hardy's Birthplace (5.3 miles)

National Trust

  • Max Gate (3.5 miles)
  • Hardy's Cottage (5.2 miles)

Cycle routes

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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  11 a.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  4 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  12 p.m.

Donkey Down Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

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.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Donkey Down Campsite will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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  • Does Donkey Down Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Donkey Down Campsite dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Donkey Down Campsite? Strolls along the South Dorset Ridgeway and the South West Coast Path are to be had straight from this site, so make sure to pack the walking boots. Look out for the … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Donkey Down Campsite?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  11 a.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  4 p.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Donkey Down Campsite? From £16 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

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Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

Dogs
Dogs are prohibited from main facilities and amenities.
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
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.
Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m..
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 4 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

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