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- Wild camping half a mile from Shaftesbury
- Spectacular views over the Blackmore Vale
- Campfires allowed: buy sausages and farm food from the team
The views from this Shaftesbury site, they are stunning.
As is the setting: small and secluded Holyrood Farm Campsite is in Dorset countryside overlooking the Blackmore Vale, within easy walking distance of the pubs and shops of Shaftesbury. It's close to several good footpaths for walking too – or you could take things up a notch with a stagger up Shaftesbury's Gold Hill, the famously steep cobbled street used several times as a set for the big and small screen…?
Those spectacular vale views are from Holyrood's working farm, with sheep and cattle (standard) and alpacas (less so).The vibe is wild camping, but there are showers available all season.
Campfires – of course – are allowed, to sizzle up the sausages and other farm food sold by Jason and his team: other food (and beery?) bits can be sorted 10 minutes' walk away at the supermarkets and independent shops of Shaftesbury.
There are flushing toilets on site, a washing-up area and good access in and out. On-site checking in is a laidback affair: just turn up, choose your spot and the site owner will be round to check you in throughout the day. There are firepits for rent and wood for sale if required.
Open from 04/09/2020 to 04/14/2020
Open from 05/07/2020 to 05/10/2020
Open from 05/22/2020 to 05/26/2020
Open from 07/03/2020 to 07/06/2020
Open from 08/22/2020 to 08/31/2020
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Pretty basic campsite but great place for a holiday.
Overall a lovely site.
Overall a good camp site, can certainly rrecomend
Whats not to like stunning views friendly helpful Jason quiet ...
Lovely wild camping site, brilliant views, friendly and helpful owner. ...
Absolute bliss, location was perfect in a small town.
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Convenience store nearby
Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Propane/gas cylinders available
Indoor pool nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Medium (26-50 sites)
Touring and motorhomes
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
- Coach stations
Shaftesbury Coach Stop
— 0.7 miles
0.7 miles Henstridge (Somerset): Virginia Ash Coach Stop — 8.9 miles
8.9 miles Wincanton: Memorial Hall Coach Stop — 10.1 miles
- Train stations
Gillingham (Dorset) Rail Station
— 4.2 miles
4.2 miles Tisbury Rail Station — 6.8 miles
6.8 miles Templecombe Rail Station — 9.7 miles
- Ferry ports
Poole Quay Ferry Landing
— 21.7 miles
21.7 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 21.8 miles
21.8 miles Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 23.7 miles
Bournemouth International Airport
— 21.9 miles
If you're a UK sort of a certain age and can remember the famed ad for Hovis bread, nearby Gold Hill is where it was filmed – and did you know, big screen buffs, that the ad was directed by one Ridley Scott? The hill is five minutes' drive from Holyrood Farm Campsite, so totter up it for yourself when you get there; careering down afterwards on a bicycle very much recommended too.
Your tired legs should also make an in-town effort to see Shaftesbury's two museums, one beside the ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey and telling its tale, and the other back at the top of Gold Hill, telling the history of Shaftesbury via many artefacts from its surrounds. (Best to have a look at this latter on your first climb, to save having to trek back up.)
Day trips are within easy driving distance away from Shaftesbury: try the gardens at Stourhead House and Kingston Lacy 20 and 40 minutes away; the Fleet Air Arm Museum, telling the heady story of British aviation, half an hour away, and Dorchester about 50 minutes away.
Other good day trip options are Longleat Safari and Adventure Park 30 minutes away; the small peninsula of golden sand at Sandbanks 45 minutes away, and the town of Bournemouth, about an hour from the farm. Or stay close to the site if you're around at the end of August, and use it as a peaceful base to come back to after days at the Great Dorset Steam Fair.
- Stourhead House and Garden (9.4 miles)
- Longleat (13.6 miles)
- Kingston Lacy House and Gardens (14.5 miles)
- Stourhead (9.3 miles)
- Philipps House and Dinton Park (10.9 miles)
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