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Lyons Gate Caravan Park and Fishery

9.1

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General

  • 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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9.1

Overall rating based on 119 reviews

 

88% would recommend this park to a friend.

84% would stay here again.

  82% described as Peaceful ?

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Excellent site with helpful and friendly Warden's and lakeside pitches12/17/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRaymond C.Confirmed

  • Power optional gravel and hardstanding trailer site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Excellent site with the most helpful warden's I have come across in over 30 years Caravan and Motorhome holidays. Site facilities were excellent and fishing was also excellent with several double figure Carp caught. Wardens area true credit to the site owners.

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Wardens friendly. Beautiful site with fishing pools surrounded by woodland. …11/06/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Power optional gravel and hardstanding trailer site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Wardens friendly. Beautiful site with fishing pools surrounded by woodland. Quiet and peaceful.

    Disliked: 

    Touring vans area had very poor drainage, the ground where our awning stood was a mud bath.

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Very friendly well run site beautiful setting11/03/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomdenise s.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Power optional gravel and hardstanding trailer site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Very friendly well run site beautiful setting

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excellent site, lovely people and was a joy to stay there.11/02/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomIan S.Confirmed

  • Power optional gravel and hardstanding trailer site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The owners greeted us , walked down to our pitch and directed me in. Very professional and extremely pleasant. The whole sight was excellent , lovely little shop, showers and toilets both very clean. Water was available when you needed it and as much as you needed. Excellent value for money and we would recommend Lyons Gate to anyone. We will certainly be back a.s.a.p. Thank you for a very enjoyable stay !!!

    Disliked: 

    They was nothing to dislike , at all.

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Surrounded by woods, water and hooting owls.10/29/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Power optional gravel and hardstanding trailer site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Peaceful

    Disliked: 

    Cafe closed (not mentioned on website)

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Everything was great lovely couple running it09/29/2020

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

  • Power optional gravel and hardstanding trailer site
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    Brilliant stay

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Good site, very friendly09/29/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSusan D.Confirmed

  • Power optional gravel and hardstanding trailer site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The set up was good and care was taken for Covid-19 protection.
    Handy shop for essentials. Good fishing lakes. Lovely part of Dorset.
    Very friendly owners and fellow campers

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    Motorhomes and caravans a bit too close. Directions to the site could have been a bit clearer.

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Very friendly site, could not more helpful, and great pitches09/28/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAlan G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Power optional gravel and hardstanding trailer site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Very friendly site, could not more helpful, and great pitches

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Very pretty site with clean facilities.09/28/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Power optional grass tent, trailer tent or trailer site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Very friendly! Not only the people in charge which nothing was too much trouble! But everyone staying was friendly too amazing atmosphere, also great measures put in for covid! Had s lovely stay.

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Great little friendly place to stay weather it's fishing or …09/28/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAdam T.Confirmed

  • Power optional gravel and hardstanding trailer site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Great little friendly place to stay weather it's fishing or just to unwind,
    very helpful staff they couldn't do enough even when we got lost walking through the woods to find the pub :)
    Highly recommend.
    Adam.

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    nothing

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Features

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

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

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

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

Public transportation nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 sites)

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Touring and motorhomes

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Location

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  • Cerne Abbas, Dorchester, Dorset, England, DT2 7AZ
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.8557°N 2.4816°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Sherborne Coach Stop — 10.9 kilometers
Milborne Port: Coach Stop — 12.4 kilometers
Yeovil Bus Station — 14.0 kilometers
Train stations
Chetnole Rail Station — 6.5 kilometers
Yetminster Rail Station — 7.9 kilometers
Thornford Rail Station — 9.2 kilometers
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 27.6 kilometers
Poole Ferry Terminal — 38.1 kilometers
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 38.5 kilometers
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 46.6 kilometers

Directions


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Local attractions

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.

Must see

  • Hardy's Birthplace (15.4 kilometers)
  • Mapperton House & Gardens (17.2 kilometers)
  • Montacute House (19.5 kilometers)

National Trust

  • Hardy's Cottage (15.4 kilometers)
  • Max Gate (16.8 kilometers)

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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.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

RV, trailer and tent sites
Arrive:  12:30 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  11:30 a.m.
On-park accommodation
Arrive:  2:30 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Lyons Gate Caravan Park and Fishery cancelation 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 cancelations 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. 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.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted at the park

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Terms and conditions

Park 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?
    RV, trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  12:30 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  11:30 a.m.
    On-park accommodation
    Arrive:  2:30 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more

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Terms and conditions

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

Extras
A charge of £0.50 ($0.87) applies for the use of the shower.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

General
A state-issued fishing license is required (you'll need to apply for this beforehand).

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

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

Changes to your holiday
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.

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.

Vehicles
Only one car is to be parked at the site. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

General
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.

Reception
Reception is open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. between 01/01 and 31/12.
Reception is unmanned after 6:30 p.m.. Please inform the park while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.

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.

Coronavirus
The play area is closed due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Sites
You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

Additional terms

Electricity is supplied via a prepaid card meter and is charged at £0.20 per kWh. Cards can be purchased from reception, with a minimum spend of £1.

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