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Donkey Down Campsite

9.3

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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.


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9.3

Overall rating based on 411 reviews

 

97% would recommend this site to a friend.

95% would stay here again.

  88% described as Spectacular scenery ?

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Staff very friendly and a lovely site19/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDebbie P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    We had a lovely weekend, great campsite with stunning views, plenty of room to pitch and the bonus of the pop up bar and breakfast or dinner was great. A definite one on our list that we would revisit.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Overall our stay was great and can't wait to rebook19/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLaura C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Very friendly staff, clean facilities and stunning views.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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The views were amazing. The toilet and shower facilities that …19/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    The views were amazing. The toilet and shower facilities that looked new and modern were kept very clean.
    All the staff very helpful and welcoming.
    Able to book last minute due to the vast amount of space at the campsite so you can check weather forecast before you book.

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    Nothing

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Perfect view.19/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United Kingdommagdalena k.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    Perfect view.

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Really nice site with good facilities, staff were really friendly19/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBen B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Chilled atmosphere, nice sea views, lots of space

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Excellent site, very clean with friendly staff. Will return.19/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The view, field, showers, toilets, staff and bar. Everything really!

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    Nothing

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very good will defo go back!19/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomcallum f.Confirmed

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

    View was incredible! toilets were very clean. Showers were very good-clean-hot.
    friendly people everwhere.
    the bar looked great.
    amazing for fires and dogs!

    plenty of space.
    short drive to beach
    10 minute drive to Tesco superstore.

    Disliked: 

    toilets could do with a little more ventilation, (was like having a dump in a sauna)

    pitch marking would be ideal. woke up one morning with tents pretty much in our tent.

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Fabulous views on a spacious site with a wonderful chilled atmosphere.19/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMartyn J.Confirmed

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

    Fabulous views on a spacious site with a wonderful chilled atmosphere. Even when really full this site has a great vibe, especially at the top end with the rustic snack shack and bar - very much like a low-key festival!

    Composting toilets, eco-showers and plenty of hot water for washing up.

    Definitely our new favourite camping spot!

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    Nothing

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Will stay again19/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    Stunning view, good showers, friendly staff.

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Amazing stay with friendly staff , clean site, very peaceful .18/07/2021

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    Everything ! ♥️

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    Nothing to dislike

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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.

  • 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.
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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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