Aldridge Hill Campsite Camping in the Forest

UK England South East England Hampshire Brockenhurst

  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
As close to wild camping as you can get in the heart of the New Forest

If you’re looking for a back-to-basics, traditional camping experience then Aldridge Hill is for you. Set in a heathland clearing, bordered by Ober Water and the snaking Blackwater Stream (two of the New Forest’s prettiest waterways), Aldridge Hill provides campers with the unique opportunity to live in the midst of nature, whilst experiencing everything the New Forest has to offer; from its famous free-roaming ponies to the numerous wild heaths and otherworldly woodlands that makes this place so special.

Lets be clear from the start – if you’re a glamper, don't bother reading any further. Aldridge Hill has no toilets, no showers and no power (just drinking water taps & rubbish bins are provided), so this really is back-to-basics, which is of course one of the site's main draws. Another plus point is the sheer variety of pitches on offer. Campers can opt for the cosy, under the shade woodlands, or the wonderful heathland, home to some unforgettable sunsets. And with 170 undefined pitches, you're unlikely to be kept awake by your neighbours.

Directly from Aldridge Hill you can follow the Ober Water Trail (1.5 miles), which is a great way to explore the forest. Starting at Whitefield Moor car park, the walk passes through a variety of habitats, including heathland, bogs, grassland, a natural and formerly enclosed woodland and the stream itself. The paths are a variety of smooth gravelled surfaces and compacted grassy ground, with some gentle slopes and a plenty of resting places.

Back at Aldridge Hill, keep your eyes peeled for the site's resident feathered friends: redstarts, woodpeckers, nuthatches, tree creepers and the more 'common' garden birds can all be seen circling above, or nesting amongst the ancient oak trees. You may even see the sight of a tawny owl swooping from its perch to seize its prey (which it swallows whole!) With all this nature right in front of your tent, who needs David Attenborough?

Details

Facilities

170 undefined 8m x 5m spaces on which to put your tent, caravan or motorhome and space for one car. Please be aware that there are no toilets, showers or electricity at this campsite, therefore your own chemical toilet is essential. Drinking water taps and rubbish bins available.

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents and dogs - yes.

Nearby

Liberty’s Owl Raptor & Reptile Centre (01425 476487) can be found 11 miles from site. Visitors to the centre can enjoy daily flying displays, see a wide range of birds of prey and visit the reptile house with snakes, lizards and more. Paultons Family Theme Park (02380 814442) is only a 15 minute drive away and has over 60 family rides and attractions. The little ones will love Peppa Pig World (023 8081 4442), while another fun family day out can be found at Longdown Activity Farm (023 8029 2837). Visitors can bottle-feed the calves and goats, feed the ducks, meet the pigs and cuddle the baby rabbits. After meeting the animals, children can explore the farmyard buildings and enjoy plenty of indoor and outdoor play areas including trampolines, a ball pool and the straw bale barn. One of the area’s most popular attractions, Beaulieu (01590 612345), has over 250 vehicles from every motoring era and is a must-see for motoring enthusiasts. Top Gear fans will be thrilled at the ‘World of Top Gear’ exhibition where you can take a look around the cars from the challenges, get a rare behind-the-scenes view into the show’s production office, and enjoy clips of some of the best Top Gear moments.

Food & Drink

The village of Brockenhurst is a short walk from site, and offers a fantastic range of eateries, including: Blaireau’s Bistro (01590 623032), situated in the grounds of Careys Manor Hotel and Spa. Open to residents and non-residents daily for lunch and dinner, this is a great place for a special night out. Dynasty Indian Cuisine (01590 624088) is a short walk from the campsite, and offers authentic Indian food combined with great service. Or, after a busy day out in the forest, treat yourself to a bag of good quality fish and chips at Rainbow Fish Bar (01590 622747). Particularly recommended are the mushy pea fritters! The Foresters Arms (01590 623397) is a 5 minute drive away, and offers an extensive menu of drinks and home cooked food. The pub welcomes children and well-trained pets and has a fantastic beer garden in the summer.

Opening Times

22nd May - 1st June 2020 & 25th June - 7th Sep 2020.

The Owner Says

Please be aware that our Camping in the Forest sites are closed until further notice. Please refer to the Camping in the Forest website for more details.

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Location

Contact Aldridge Hill Campsite, Aldridge Hill, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7QD

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Getting There

From Lyndhurst: take the A337 towards Brockenhurst. Turn right onto the B3055 (Grigg Lane) and carry straight on over the crossroads. Take the first right after the Esso garage into The Rise, and at the end of the road turn right into Rhinefield Road. Stay on this road for approximately one and a half miles, then turn right into the Forestry Commission Beachem Wood carpark. Follow the signs to Forest Holiday’s Aldridge Hill site. Please be aware that there are width limits on Meerut Road (the turning before the B3055) and also from the A35 into Rhinefield Ornamental Drive on the main Lyndhurst to Bournmouth Road.

Brockenhurst railway station (1.2 miles) is located on the South Western Main Line from London Waterloo to Weymouth. The station is primarily served by South West Trains, who operate fast trains from Waterloo to Weymouth. In addition, CrossCountry operate services from Bournemouth to Manchester.

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