Chapelfield Camping at Godshill

UK England South East England Hampshire Fordingbridge

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A popular, pop-up New Forest campsite with campfires permitted and a pub within walking distance

Down a narrow, tree-lined lane and opposite a former Methodist Chapel that inspired the meadow’s name, this pop-up campsite is a peaceful, no-frills affair. Open for just 28 days each summer and helmed by affable hosts Graham and his wife Tracy (incidentally, the pair are good friends with the site's much-loved original founder, Sarah), Chapelfield Camping is a true New Forest Camping scene; a patchwork of colourful tents and idle bicycles, speckled by families gathered round campfires. In the north west of the national park and within strolling distance of the local pub, it’s an ideal basecamp for New Forest adventures.

Tents reign at Chapelfield (save for the odd campervan that’s willing to do without electricity), so campers young and old are free to roam and play, unencumbered by bulky caravan rigs. There’s a choice of informal pitches, with large family spaces and separate spots for couples. The New Forest pastures make for easy peg bashing and the meadow offers mostly level terrain with plenty of spare space, while at really busy times a neighbouring field is opened up ensuring you’ll never feel too crowded at Chapelfield. A small pop-up shop also sells a handful of essentials you may have forgotten – pegs, matches, marshmallows for an evening feast. Otherwise, facilities remain on the basic side but are more than adequate and, moreover, immaculately clean and available 24 hours a day.

Follow the lead of the other campers and bring bikes on your camping holiday. You won’t regret it. The surrounding national park is a paradise for such non-motorised transportation and anyone with a bike, horse or just a pair of walking shoes will end up forgetting about the car altogether. It’s certainly no bad thing. It’s a five-minute walk to the pub, a little further to the riverside, and not too far to charming Fordingbridge. All in all, the relaxing vibe of Chapelfield suits the leisurely life you’re able to lead here.

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Facilities

No frills but more than adequate facilities. Hot showers (with dressing area, sink and mirror in each shower unit), portable-style toilets, washing-up sinks (with washing-up liquid and cloths provided), drinking water taps, mobile phone charging points and a freezer for ice packs. Campfires are permitted but must be raised off the grass in firepits. Pits are available to hire and logs and charcoal are sold on site. A tiny pop-up shop sells milk, bread and other camping essentials.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, motorhomes, well-behaved dogs – yes. Large adult-only groups, caravans – no.

Nearby

The campsite is located 2 miles outside of Fordingbridge and ½-mile (a 10-minute walk) from Sandy Balls Holiday Park (08442 491193), home to all the extra amenities you might fancy (including a swimming pool, bike hire and children's playgrounds). There are a number of good cycle routes running directly from the campsite into the heart of the New Forest – keep your eyes peeled for the wild ponies and deer this area is so famous for. By car the Beaulieu Estate is worth a visit, home to a fabulous motor museum (01590 612345), or head to Paultons Park (02380 814442), a popular family attraction and home to Peppa Pig World. The New Forest Wildlife Park (02380 292408) is also a rightful favourite, home to a range of animals native to the British Isles. It's a few miles east of Lyndhurst just off the A35.  Adventurous guests will also enjoy the New Forest Water Park about 10 minutes from Chapelfield and Moors Valley Country Park also offers great days out for younger adventurers.  We are just over half an hour from some beautiful beaches.

Food & Drink

The Fighting Cocks (01425 652462) is a cracking little local pub about 5 minutes walk away that serves food and ales all day long. It's popular with walkers and riders, boasting lovely summer views of the heathland. Your hosts also recommend The Horse and Groom (01725 510739) at Woodgreen, The Foresters Arms (01425 652294) at Frogham and the The Royal Oak (01425 652244) at North Gorley – all within 3 miles of Chapelfield. There’s a popular riverside pub, The George (01425 652040) at Fordingbridge and the Farmyard Cafe at Hockey's Farm Shop (01425 652542) in Gorley is well worth a mention for their excellent breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea options. If you're really looking to push the boat out, The Three Lions (01425 652489) in Stuckton boasts modern British/French cuisine cooked by a former Michelin starred chef, plus a 150-bin wine list. Past diners include Madonna and Ted Heath.

Opening Times

Late July–end of August.

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The Owner Says

This is our second year at Chapelfield which is a much-loved camping field set within the New Forest National Park in the village of Godshill near Fordingbridge.  We had a brilliant time in 2019 welcoming guests to Chapelfield and received great reviews for which we are really grateful.
We are open from Friday 7th August until the August Bank Holiday Monday. We are in a very peaceful location but near to local amenities including a very popular New Forest pub within just a few minutes walk, footpaths directly from Chapelfield, some excellent cycling territory, just over 30 minutes drive to some lovely beaches and the many tourist activities of the New Forest and surrounding area all within easy reach.  Our aim is to provide you with really good facilities and a great relaxing break.
There will be some changes for 2020 that will, we hope, make for even more enjoyment of this lovely place and we look forward to welcoming you to Chapelfield.  Graham & Tracey (G&T!)

Pitches

Around 80 pitches – about 30 or so are for adults only, the rest are regular family pitches. There are no electrical hook-ups.

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Location

Contact Chapelfield Camping at Godshill, Woodgreen Road, Godshill, Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 2LP

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Getting There

Directions from Cadnam (M27 Junction 1): Take the B3078 to Godshill, 10 miles. Pass the Fighting Cocks pub on the right and take the next right turn (sign posted Woodgreen). Chapelfield Camping is about 300 meters on the left.

Directions from Ringwood: Take the A338 from Ringwood and follow the signs to Fordingbridge, 5 miles (there are also brown road signs for Sandy Balls). At Fordingbridge take the B3078 to Godshill, 3 miles. Drive through the village and cross the cattle grid. Turn left just before the Fighting Cocks pub (there’s a small signpost for Woodgreen). Chapelfield Camping is about 300 metres on the left hand side.

The nearest train stations (Salisbury and Ashurst) are both around 12 miles away, so it's quite a trek. There are frequent bus services from Salisbury to Fordingbridge, though, and from Bournemouth too.

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