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Dorset camping and caravan holidays

Dorset has been called Britain’s most beautiful county, and, with the number of things to do and see as well as the many excellent Dorset caravan parks and campsites about, we bet you’ll be pitching up there before you can say Thomas Hardy.

Durdle Door, Dorset

We have dozens of Dorset campsites and holiday parks to browse through, with some open all year so you can walk the Jurassic Coast or birdwatch at Wareham Meadows any month of the year. If cycling’s your thing, check out the National Cycle Network’s Dorset trails and bring your bike on holiday too.

Dorset is home to holiday resorts PooleBournemouthWeymouth and Swanage, all of which offer plenty of nightlife if that’s what you fancy after a hard day’s walking, fishing or golfing – Bournemouth’s BIC and Pavilion Theatre are within easy reach, as is the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre. Weymouth holiday parks also offer easy access to the town’s Pavilion Theatre, as well as plenty of year round events and activities.

But Dorset is mainly a rural county, with over 150 villages placed among some of the country’s best scenery, sandiest beaches and oldest historical artefacts. Poole Harbour is said to be the second largest natural harbour in the world (after Sydney, natch), while Dorset itself is probably most famous for its Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, including Lulworth Cove, Bowleaze Cove, Chesil Beach and the limestone island Isle of Portland, all easily accessible for overnight stays or day trips. And of course the whole county was the inspiration for Thomas Hardy’s Wessex and Casterbridge (Dorchester), so follow the Hardy Trail if you’re a Tess or Jude fan.

Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, DorsetYour Dorset campsite stay can also a include a browse around the market town of Wareham, a look around the hill forts of Maiden Castle and Hod Hill, or take the Roman Town Walk in Dorchester, an old and beautiful city that’s well worth a visit. Or you can go much further back in history and amble along the Dorset coastline, including over 90km of Heritage Coast and the South West Coast Path National Trail. Dorset itself has the highest proportion of conservation areas in England, and 44% of the entire country is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Dorset’s caravan parks and holiday parks offer a wealth of activities among this beautiful setting, including sailing, diving, fishing, windsurfing, golfing, horseriding, fishing and bowling among many more. You can stay in a yurt in Shaftesbury to walk around ancient woodland or climb up a prehistoric hill fort, on a quiet farm minutes away from Olympic sailing venue Weymouth, on a Bridport holiday park with access straight onto the beach or in the highest part in the south and on a National Trust estate...Use the Pitchup.com filters to find your Dorset holiday park or campsite, with over 80 options to choose from including amenities, type of accommodation, theme and leisure on site and nearby. 

By Laura Canning