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Snelling Farm Campsite

9.5

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General

  • Small eco-friendly site on a family farm in the Dorset countryside
  • Pick your own pitch on an oak-lined field; campfires allowed
  • Close to The Tank Museum and beaches at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

If you’re in the mood for a secluded stay among unspoilt Dorset countryside, how does a farm in Wareham, a mile from the nearest road and on the edge of the River Frome, sound?

From Snelling Farm Campsite you can see the sunrise through the mist of the river, take in the glorious countryside air and watch the abundance of roe deer grazing in the evening sunset. This is a real wildlife haven; keep your eyes peeled for swans, ducks and herons on the river, while catching glimpses of a passing kestrel, hare and perhaps a barn owl at dusk if you're lucky.

Keen campers themselves, the owners like to keep things simple and relaxed. Back-to-basics camping is championed here, with stargazing and social meetups around a campfire encouraged. When you arrive, simply follow the signs to the field and pick your spot on the oak-lined, 23-acre field to pitch up. There’s plenty of room to roam on the unrestricted, non-allocated pitches (fab if you’re bringing your dog along), and the team will be over to say hi when they’ve finished tending to their animals.

With sustainability in mind, facilities include electric hot showers and solar showers, washing-up sinks, eco-friendly compost toilets (please bring your own loo roll) and drinking water taps.

The villages of Wool and Crossways (both three miles) have convenience stores for supplies.


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9.5

Overall rating based on 30 reviews

 

97% would recommend this site to a friend.

93% would stay here again.

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Well kept, flat fields. Camp wherever you like. Plenty of …08/26/2020

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  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Well kept, flat fields. Camp wherever you like. Plenty of space and quiet. Eco-loos absolutely fine and very good showers. Lots to do in the area.

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Lovely site, lots of room, toilets & showers good08/25/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    There was plenty of room and distance from other campers. The toilets were eco friendly but I would say were cleaner than normal toilets. Showers were very clean and powerful. The campsite was near to attractions, eg Monkey World, and The Tank museum. The campsite owners were excellent and visited us on a daily basis to check we were ok and if we had any problems.

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    Nothing to dislike.

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Really good stay at the site.08/23/2020

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Limitless pitches, lots of space, rope swings, plenty of facilities, showers and toilets clean, good value, friendly staff.

    Disliked: 

    Only due to the weather the eco showers were cold, but thats minor.

From the manager...

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at our site, we have 2 solar showers and 3 further showers which are toasty warm all the time!

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Lots of space and very friendly staff and very reasonably priced08/17/2020

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

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    A very friendly site perfect for all the family. We have stayed there a few times .there is a rope swing and hay bales for the kids to play on . There is lots of room so plenty of space. Lots of walks nearby and well behaved dogs allowed. we will definitely be coming back next year 😄

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    Nothing

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Nice location, lovely owners, smelly loos!08/13/2020

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  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    Campsite was spacious, places for children to play. Allowed fires and was pretty location.

    Disliked: 

    The toilets were foul - proper smelly would put me off going again. Not sure if it was the heat?!
    Only 3 showers meant there was often a queue.
    No hot water for washing up!

From the manager...

We are sorry you didn't like the toilets, as advertised they are compost toilets and we appreciate they are not to everyone's liking. However they are eco friendly and do not use any harsh chemicals or any water at all! We keep them well topped up with sawdust throughout the day. We also have a further 2 solar showers making 5 showers in total. The hot water for the washing up is solar powered so we can't guarantee hot water at all times.

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This really is a lovely camping site. Eco friendly but …08/09/2020

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  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    This really is a lovely camping site. Eco friendly but still with good hot showers. All facilities were kept very clean. Loads of space to pitch and kids loved to hay bales and tree swings. We will definitely be back next year.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing it’s are new favourite site.

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Beautiful, clean site and friendly staff on hand08/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNatalie I.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Pitches and amenities

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Anonymous user

Fantastic remote campsite with lots of space. Very friendly.08/07/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    This is an amazing campsite if you, like us, prefer basic and quiet campsites. If you want to party, this campsite is not for you. We loved it. No music allowed on one of the fields, absolute bliss after several experiences with very inconsiderate other campers. This campsite has a lovely family atmosphere, there is loads of space and camp fires are allowed. The campsite is remote, access is via a mile long forest track. There is no mobile phone signal or internet, and the nearest shop is several miles away. Facilities are basic, with compost toilets, but extremely clean and well maintained. We are definitely planning to come back.

    Disliked: 

    Not a real dislike but more of a note. The campsite is in an area where there is a lot of military activity. At times the noise of tanks roaring around and Helicopters flying above can be a bit intrusive.

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Anonymous user

Love everything about Snelling’s farm. Have stayed in plenty of …07/27/2020

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  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    Love everything about Snelling’s farm. Have stayed in plenty of wild camp sites and Snelling’s is by far the Ferrari of wild camp sites! Beautifully tended to and kept clean, the kids loved the freedom of the hay bales and rope swings. Can’t wait to go back in August.

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Very friendly lovely camp site good facilities was very impressed …08/26/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDale P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Very friendly lovely camp site good facilities was very impressed we would love to return soon

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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

Disabled facilities

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

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

Bush

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

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

Medium (26-50 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

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Location

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  • Clouds Hill, Wareham, Dorset, England, BH20 7NQ
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.7052°N 2.2664°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Post Office — 11.2 kilometres
Red Lion — 11.2 kilometres
South Station — 12.1 kilometres
Train stations
Moreton (Dorset) Rail Station — 3.4 kilometres
Wool Rail Station — 4.1 kilometres
Wareham Rail Station — 10.8 kilometres
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 16.8 kilometres
Poole Ferry Terminal — 19.3 kilometres
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 19.9 kilometres
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 31.7 kilometres

Directions


Do not follow your satnav as it will try and take you through a deep river. When you pass the left-hand turning for Clouds Hill/Bovington Tank Museum, start to slow down as you are taking the next left in 100 yards. Continue down this forest track for about a mile. Take the only turning left (footpath signposted Bovington), which takes you between two fields. On the bend, continue straight through the farm gate and you will see the pitch fields.

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

There’s fresh air aplenty here; the farm is set on the Lawrence of Arabia Trail, which has more than six miles of family-friendly cycling and walking through Moreton and Bovington forest. And explores can continue into the neighbouring Affpuddle forest, too.

Moreton Ford is a 10-minute walk from the farm, a scenic spot for a picnic by the water, paddling and (maybe) catching a small fish. Slightly further on, you can get your hands (and mouths) on tasty breakfasts and cream teas in Moreton village (15-minute walk), and a visit to the church of St Nicholas and the grave of author TE Lawrence comes recommended.

Despite its rural location, the site is within a short drive of many attractions. The Tank Museum and Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre are both about a 10-minute drive, and Warmwell Leisure Centre (15 minutes) is another good choice, with an indoor pool with wave machine and flume, a dry ski slope and an indoor soft play area to amuse the whole gang.

You can also have a walk or swim at nearby Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door beaches (both 25 minutes). Or take your pick of historical and impressive buildings at Athelhampton House & Gardens (15 minutes), Lulworth Castle (20 minutes), Corfe Castle (20 minutes) or Kingston Lacey estate (half an hour).

Must see

  • The Tank Museum (2.0 kilometres)
  • Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre (3.6 kilometres)
  • Lulworth Castle & Park (8.4 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Clouds Hill (1.7 kilometres)
  • Hardy's Cottage (9.2 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.

  • Does Snelling Farm Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Snelling Farm Campsite dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Snelling Farm Campsite? There’s fresh air aplenty here; the farm is set on the Lawrence of Arabia Trail, which has more than six miles of family-friendly cycling and walking through Moreton and Bovington forest. And … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Snelling Farm Campsite?
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    Arrive:  Anytime –  8:30 p.m.
    Depart by:  2 p.m.
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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.

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

General
Ground fires are not permitted.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 6 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

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.

Coronavirus
Minimum spacing of 10 metres between pitches.

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

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

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m..
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 park does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Breed-specific legislation (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

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

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

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