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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 bachelor/bachelorette 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 273 reviews

 

96% would recommend this site to a friend.

93% would stay here again.

  89% described as Spectacular scenery ?

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The view was amazing with great scenic walks22/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomGeorge F.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The view was amazing with great scenic walks, and s a nice distance away from the towns city’s and villages, so light pollution was low when looking up at the night sky

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The perfect getaway20/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMiss S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Everything about it, the people working there, the atmosphere and facilities.

    The perfect getaway, beautiful views, great location to explore nearby attractions. Although the bar was closed for obvious reasons, the staff were very welcoming and friendly, regularly checking in to make sure your having a great time. The facilities were clean and regularly checked and fully stocked. The pizza van was a nice surprise, we cancelled previously booked dinner reservations at a nearby restaurant to stay and make the most of the beautiful scenery and I'm glad we did, I'm not exaggerating when I say it was the best pizza I ever had, we all had the best weekend and can't wait to re visit when all this covid stuff is over. Loved every moment of my stay and didn't want to leave.

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    Having to leave and go back to reality.

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location , scenery ,20/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomnick m.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    location , scenery ,

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Clean area, good services, great location16/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAidan M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Clean area, good services, great location

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Clean facilities, friendly staff,16/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    Friendly, helpful cheap and lovely place to stay would recommend

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    Nothing!

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Excellent site, with super clean facilities, we loved it!16/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSue H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The stunning views, the cleanliness of the portaloos and showers (which were super hot and high pressure) the location, the friendly hosts, the level pitches, the laid back approach, the local walks. I could go on and on. I’d rather keep sites like this a secret!!

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    Nothing!

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The view, the people15/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKirsty H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    The view, the people

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Lovely big clean site right on top of hill sea view friendly staff.14/09/2020

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

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Beautiful view and campfires allowed

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    Not a fan of portaloo’s a lot were closed.

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Fantastic views, great showers14/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnne H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    Fantastic views, great showers

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Beautiful camping with stunning views! Staff was very friendly and …14/09/2020

Reviewer's country: IrelandInes T.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Beautiful camping with stunning views!
    Staff was very friendly and helpful providing us information about the area. We improvised a last minute campfire and has the chance to buy lighter, logs and marshmallows!! Yummy!!
    Facilities were also very cleaned and fully equipped.

    Definitely a place to come back!

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Hand sanitizing stations

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transportation nearby

Type

Farm

Large (51-200 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback 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 +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.6580°N 2.4295°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Weymouth: Town Centre Coach Stops — 5.3 kilometres
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 5.7 kilometres
Wareham: North Street Coach Stop — 22.8 kilometres
Train stations
Upwey Rail Station — 2.8 kilometres
Weymouth Rail Station — 5.1 kilometres
Dorchester South Rail Station — 5.7 kilometres
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 5.7 kilometres
Poole Ferry Terminal — 31.3 kilometres
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 31.9 kilometres
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 44.2 kilometres

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 (3.8 kilometres)
  • Radipole Lake Nature Reserve (5.2 kilometres)
  • Hardy's Birthplace (8.5 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Max Gate (5.7 kilometres)
  • Hardy's Cottage (8.4 kilometres)

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:  noon

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.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

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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:  noon
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Donkey Down Campsite? From $29.12 (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

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

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

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

Dogs
Dogs are prohibited from main facilities and amenities.
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

Dogs
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

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.

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

Occupancy
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m..

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

General
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Dogs
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.

Vehicles
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

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

Dogs
Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

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