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Giants Head Caravan and Camping Park

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General

  • Rural Dorset site eight miles from Dorchester and 16 from the coast
  • Treasure trails and countryside walks just steps away
  • Just over a mile from pubs, a tearoom and a shop in Cerne Abbas

Warning! A trip to ancient Cerne Abbas may leave you with a mammoth yearning never to leave: the Dorset village has been described as the ‘Britain’s most desirable village’ to live among the UK’s scenic many. It’s eight miles from Dorchester, within day-tripping distance of the Jurassic Coast and, most famously, is where the 180ft Cerne Abbas Giant doth dwell high up on the hillside. (Yes, the naughty giant with no sense of shyness.)

Around a 40-minute stroll from Cerne Abbas is the mightily convenient Giants Head Caravan & Camping Park, a family- and dog-friendly site over three and a half acres with grassy pitches, immense views over the Dorset countryside and thumping good access to the best of Dorset.

Countryside walks, as well as treasure trails, literally start within steps of the pitches: Giants Head has several planned walks straight from the park, and runs Treasure Trails Dorset directly from it so intrepid guests can pick up one or two of the 50+ trail packs and take off on the hunt for hidden gems. Sounds like a towering amount of fun…

As befits its location, everything at Giants Head is kept nicely natural – think mature trees, hedgerows and trim lawns; and the level or gently sloping pitches are variously secluded, shady or open (there’s also a special tail-wagging area for campers with canines). All parts of the park are well-drained and a hard road leads to pitches.

Amenities include showers, hand basins, laundry and washing-up areas; the park doesn’t have a shop, but a well-stocked village store, a tearoom and three pubs are in Cerne Abbas, a mile and a quarter away.

Please note

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Single-sex bookings of 10 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Group bookings of 10 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

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

Group bookings of 4 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Please note that there is a £0.20 charge for the use of a hairdryer (available in the ladies' only).


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9.1

Overall rating based on 80 reviews

 

91% would recommend this site to a friend.

88% would stay here again.

  71% described as Walkers' paradise ?

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Very clean easy access to nearest village10/21/2020

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  • Electric grass pitch
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Perfect clean tidy and friendly site. Would definitely recommend10/02/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBrbara W.Confirmed

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

    Site was lovely relaxed quiet and chilled, the manager was so helpful nothing was too much trouble. The pitches were good size with electric. Toilets and showers were clean, tidy and new shower block had good size shower rooms.

    Lovely local walks down into the village via The Giant.

    Disliked: 

    Bit close to main road however not a real issue.

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Good site within walking distance of Cerne Abbas09/28/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location, friendly reception, information pack, spacious pitches

    Disliked: 

    Electric socket failed the morning we left.

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Fantastic stay!09/21/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomleanne k.Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Had a lovely warm welcome from Caroline. The facilities were nice and clean and were being cleaned on a regular basis. A nice walk across the fields in to the lovely Cerne Abbas Village. Perfect for a little get away. AND she kept the sun shining for us as promised!

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Friendly staff, clean facilities and big pitch09/18/2020

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  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    The showers were lovely and warm and very clean and the same with the toilets. Very friendly there.

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Great location, facilities and hosT09/16/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomChris A.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Great location, facilities and host. Caroline was always available and was super helpful. All loved our stay.

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Was safe and well looked after09/15/2020

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  • Electric grass pitch
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    Was safe and well looked after

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we really enjoyed our stay at this centrally located dorset campsite09/14/2020

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

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Views, Showers, electric hook up,central location, relaxed atmosphere with friendly staff

    Disliked: 

    Nothing tbh.

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Great area for walks, 3 good pubs in the village …09/11/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMichelle K.Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Great area for walks, 3 good pubs in the village and an off road walk to get there. Clean facilities, not too close together pitches, well maintained site, very friendly helpful owner.

    Disliked: 

    Next to a busy road, toilet facilities could do with an update

From the manager...

We do have some great walks from the site, including the Wessex Ridgeway, we are also lucky to have some great pubs and tearoom, good shop and a fantastic brewery in the village of Cerne Abbas.

I do try and keep visitors a good distance apart in normal times but this year I have tried to give everyone even more space.

The road can be a bit busy at times with the locals going a bit too fast, it is straighter than the main A352 a couple of miles away.

Our toilet facilities are a little dated but we do try and keep them spotlessly clean at all times with regular cleaning, early morning, all day and late into the night.

Look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Lovely clean site, friendly and helpful owner09/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNicola C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Lovely clean site, Caroline the owner was very welcoming and extremely helpful. The welcome pack was informative and very useful.

    Disliked: 

    Busy road runs alongside the site.

From the manager...

We do try and keep all our facilities nice and clean, and try to make everyone feel welcome here.

Our visitors pack was ok, just a bit depleted this year as we didn't get as much info because of the virus, hopefully all we back to some normality next year.

Unfortunately some of the locals do tend to go a bit too fast along the road, it is only a C road but very straight and better than the main A35.

see you again next year hopefully.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

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Fishing

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Games room

Indoor swimming pool

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Outdoor swimming pool

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TV room

Take away

Tennis

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Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

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Location

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  • Old Sherborne Road, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester, Dorset, England, DT2 7TR
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.8245°N 2.4627°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 8.0 miles
Sherborne Coach Stop — 9.1 miles
Milborne Port: Coach Stop — 9.8 miles
Train stations
Maiden Newton Rail Station — 5.6 miles
Chetnole Rail Station — 5.6 miles
Yetminster Rail Station — 6.9 miles
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 15.0 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 22.1 miles
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 22.3 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 27.8 miles

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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

If you have giggling kids along with you – and even if you don’t – a trip to the well-endowed and world-famed Cerne Abbas Giant is most visitors’ first stop, if only to buy a postcard (it’s been noted that postcards of the Giant are the only images of a naked man that can be sent via the Post Office). The man himself is now tended by the National Trust, which has a waymarked circular trail around the site from Cerne Abbas village.

Dorchester is an excellent early stop for urbanites and heritage-heads: here you’ll find history-dedicated days out as varied as the Dinosaur Museum, Dorchester Museum, Teddy Bear Museum, Tutankhamen Exhibition and the Roman Amphitheatre; take the Durnovaria Town Walk for an outdoorsy overview of the city’s main sights.

Thomas Hardy’s Cottage is at Dorchester too and the literary can book into their schedule the Thomas Hardy Trail, a six-mile circular walk within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Elsewhere around the area, take the enormous amount of things to see and do in your stride: from castles to dinosaurs, theme parks to heritage railways and historic houses to tank museums, the coast to countryside have whopping opps for days out (and in; dash to Dorchester’s West Dorset Leisure Centre on a rainy day when the kids need to let off steam).

Historic houses and gardens like Kingston Lacy, Athelhampton House and Minterne House and Gardens should suit the sedately inclined, while the less sedate (hello kids) will no doubt prefer chattering at the likes of Monkey World in Wareham, Adventure Wonderland at Christchurch or Sea Life near Weymouth. Both sorts should have a tanking good time at Bovington’s Tank Museum, the second biggest collection of armoured vehicles on the planet.

Head for the coast, half an hour's drive away, to fossil hunt or take a guided fossil tour at Lyme Regis or Charmouth; soak up sun and sights at seaside towns such as Weymouth, Swanage and Christchurch; float on a boat to the Channel Islands or potter around glorious Poole Harbour and epically beaut Brownsea Island, also managed by the National Trust.

The award-winning Swanage Railway is a gently relaxed way to see some of the sights of Dorset (including Famous Five inspiration Corfe Castle) and holds regular events including driving experiences and special days for children.

Must see

  • Hardy's Birthplace (7.3 miles)
  • Mapperton House & Gardens (10.9 miles)
  • Abbotsbury Swannery (12.9 miles)

National Trust

  • Hardy's Cottage (7.3 miles)
  • Max Gate (8.2 miles)

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:  noon –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  noon

Giants Head Caravan and Camping Park cancellation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

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.

The remainder is payable on arrival.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
  • Does Giants Head Caravan and Camping Park have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Giants Head Caravan and Camping Park dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Giants Head Caravan and Camping Park? If you have giggling kids along with you – and even if you don’t – a trip to the well-endowed and world-famed Cerne Abbas Giant is most visitors’ first stop, if only … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Giants Head Caravan and Camping Park?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  noon –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Giants Head Caravan and Camping Park? From €18.74 (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.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

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

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 must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 10 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
Group bookings of 4 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

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

Occupancy
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

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

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

Occupancy
Single-sex bookings of 10 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Vehicles
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent. Cars are not permitted when travelling with a motorhome/campervan.
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent. If you wish to bring a car along with your motorhome/campervan please select the extra.

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

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Additional terms

Dogs must exercise off the park.

Please note that there is a £0.20 charge for the use of a hairdryer (available in the ladies' only).

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