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- 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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Staff very friendly and a lovely site
Overall our stay was great and can't wait to rebook
Really nice site with good facilities, staff were really friendly
very good will defo go back!
Fabulous views on a spacious site with a wonderful chilled atmosphere.
Capacity reduced to increase social distancing
Hand sanitising stations
Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning
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
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
Horse riding nearby
- Coach stations
Weymouth: Town Centre Coach Stops
— 3.3 miles
3.3 miles Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 3.6 miles
3.6 miles Wareham: North Street Coach Stop — 14.2 miles
- Train stations
Upwey Rail Station
— 1.7 miles
1.7 miles Weymouth Rail Station — 3.1 miles
3.1 miles Dorchester South Rail Station — 3.6 miles
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal
— 3.5 miles
3.5 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 19.5 miles
19.5 miles Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 19.8 miles
Bournemouth International Airport
— 27.5 miles
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).
- Weymouth Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary (2.4 miles)
- Radipole Lake Nature Reserve (3.2 miles)
- Hardy's Birthplace (5.3 miles)
- Max Gate (3.5 miles)
- Hardy's Cottage (5.2 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- 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.