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California campsite is a small basic site near Swanage on the Jurassic Coast, a unesco world heritage site.
The fields are level with some protection with trees and a small copse.
There are toilets, cold water basins and a drinking water standpipe. Please note...There is no hot water or electricity on site , even in the toilet block so a torch is essential.
Nearby there is a shepherds hut available for hire in its own small garden.
Dogs are allowed on site as long as they remain under control at all times and not a problem to local livestock or other visitors. The owner retains the right to ask owners to leave if problems arise.
Barbecues are allowed on the field as long as they are purpose built ones. Foil/disposable barbecues are banned from use. There is a designated firepit in the copse away from tents. Small, controlled fires are allowed in the firepit. No live flame is allowed on the campfield although firebowls using charcoal are permitted if the bowls are raised up of the ground and away from tents and awnings.
The owners encourage recycling and support local producers and activity providers.
Groups are able to rent an entire field or site for specific events and small festivals.

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Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Public transportation nearby

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Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

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Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom


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Shower available

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Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


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  • California Cottage, Priests Way, , Swanage, Dorset, England, BH19 2RS
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.6085°N 1.9742°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Swanage Bus Station — 0.6 miles
Corfe Castle: East Street Coach Stop — 4.1 miles
Poole: Dolphin Centre Bus Station — 7.6 miles
Train stations
Poole Rail Station — 7.7 miles
Parkstone (Dorset) Rail Station — 8.0 miles
Hamworthy Rail Station — 8.3 miles
Ferry ports
Shell Bay Ferry Terminal — 5.1 miles
Sandbanks Ferry Terminal — 5.3 miles
Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 5.6 miles
Bournemouth International Airport — 13.2 miles


The campsite lies south of Swanage town and can be reached from the west and Wareham or via the ferry from poole and Bournemouth from the north and East.
A map search on the post code BH19 2RS will take you to the Swanage coastal Caravan Park down the hill from the campsite. You have to drive a further quarter mile up through the caravan park and through meadows up over a hill. Follow the road to the end. The gate to the site is on the left. The owners cottage is down a stone track before reaching the campsite.

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

The campsite lies in meadows near swanage.
The town is a popular traditional seaside resort with a wealth of festival and events. Swanage carnival held at the end of July /early Aug is one of the largest on the south coast.
The town has numerous restaurants, cafes and public houses, a safe sandy beach and access to watersports such as sailing, kayaking, fishing, diving, rowing and gig racing. Award winning Durlston country park is within walking distance.
The Swanage steam railway lies nearby and runs regular services up the valley to Corfe village. The dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle and other National Trust properties are within easy reach, with other popular attractions such as Monkey World, Bovington Tank museum, Lulworth cove not too far.
The busy holiday town of Bournemouth and poole Harbour is across the studland /Sandbanks ferry.

Must see

  • Swanage Railway (0.6 miles)
  • Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (3.6 miles)
  • Corfe Castle (4.3 miles)

National Trust

  • Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (2.7 miles)
  • Corfe Castle (4.2 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.


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