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- Peaceful woodland site in Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Half an hour from Jurassic Coast beaches; 20 minutes from Dorchester
- Four fishing lakes, woodland trails and café
A peaceful spot in Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, within easy reach of the famed Jurassic Coast and with lots nearby for history and heritage buffs? Sounds like a lucky catch… and that’s not all to reel you in at Lyons Gate Caravan Park and Fishery, a family-friendly site less than 10 minutes’ drive from the scenic Dorset village of Cerne Abbas.
This site is heaven for anyone angling to do a spot of fishing on their hols: there are four well-stocked lakes here where casting a line could land perch, chub, roach, tench, rudd, barbel or 20-pound+ carp, and there’s night fishing (by request) to add another layer of challenge – plenty to keep novices and experts entertained for days.
When nothing’s biting, hunger can be kept at bay with a quick pitstop in the on-site café for a sit-down meal or a cheeky takeaway, and there are a couple of pubs in Cerne Abbas if local eats are on the menu.
Not hooked on spending getaways on the banks? Nature trails crisscross the woodland on site, and kids can swarm the wooded play area if any energy is left after explores. Otherwise, venture out into the AONB to wander the Jurassic Coast, lounge around on sandy beaches, and follow the Thomas Hardy trail to see Dorset as the poet and novelist did.
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Excellent site with helpful and friendly Warden's and lakeside pitches
Very friendly well run site beautiful setting
excellent site, lovely people and was a joy to stay there.
Good site, very friendly
Very friendly site, could not more helpful, and great pitches
Great little friendly place to stay weather it's fishing or …
Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Car parking by site/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Propane/gas cylinders available
Convenience store nearby
Public transportation nearby
Medium (26-50 sites)
Touring and motorhomes
- Coach stations
Sherborne Coach Stop
— 10.9 kilometres
10.9 kilometres Milborne Port: Coach Stop — 12.4 kilometres
12.4 kilometres Yeovil Bus Station — 14.0 kilometres
- Train stations
Chetnole Rail Station
— 6.5 kilometres
6.5 kilometres Yetminster Rail Station — 7.9 kilometres
7.9 kilometres Thornford Rail Station — 9.2 kilometres
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal
— 27.6 kilometres
27.6 kilometres Poole Ferry Terminal — 38.1 kilometres
38.1 kilometres Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 38.5 kilometres
Bournemouth International Airport
— 46.6 kilometres
Cerne Abbas has been called ‘Britain’s most desirable village’ to live in and it’s easy to see why. Start stays with a ramble around the stunningly pretty village, stopping in at the pubs to sample the local beer and tottering along to Cerne Abbey where the village’s tradition of brewing began.
Of course, beer isn’t what Cerne Abbas is most famous for, so a trip to the Cerne Abbas Giant (a chalk hill figure of a happily anatomically correct man) comes highly recommended. There’s a viewing spot in the village and closer looks are a stroll away along a waymarked circular trail managed by the National Trust.
If naked desires (sorry) skew more towards grand estates, Minterne House and Gardens are less than five minutes from base – the house isn’t open to the public, but it’s a spectacular backdrop to wanders among Himalayan gardens, designed in the style of Capability Brown.
More urban days are within easy reach at Dorchester, 20 minutes away. The town is the birthplace of Thomas Hardy, and visits to Hardy’s Cottage and his home later in life (Max Gate) are absolute musts. It’s not just literary history here either: there’s the Tutankhamun Exhibition, a Roman amphitheatre, a display of Terracotta Warrior replicas, and a handful of museums for everything from teddy bears to dinosaurs.
- Hardy's Birthplace (15.4 kilometres)
- Mapperton House & Gardens (17.2 kilometres)
- Montacute House (19.5 kilometres)
- Hardy's Cottage (15.4 kilometres)
- Max Gate (16.8 kilometres)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||12:30 p.m. –||7 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11:30 a.m.|
|Arrive:||2:30 p.m. –||7 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
Lyons Gate Caravan Park and Fishery cancellation policy
No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.
More than 30 days before arrival: a £10 cancellation fee will be charged.
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.
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. Lyons Gate Caravan Park and Fishery will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days then the balance will be taken immediately.Deposit transferable during COVID-19. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- Does Lyons Gate Caravan Park and Fishery have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Lyons Gate Caravan Park and Fishery dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Lyons Gate Caravan Park and Fishery? Cerne Abbas has been called ‘Britain’s most desirable village’ to live in and it’s easy to see why. Start stays with a ramble around the stunningly pretty village, stopping in at the … Read more
When can I check in and check out of Lyons Gate Caravan Park and Fishery?
Camping and touring Arrive: 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Depart by: 11:30 a.m. On-site accommodation Arrive: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m.