Chapelfield Camping at Godshill

UK England South East England Hampshire Fordingbridge

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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The campsite owner says

Chapelfield is a much-loved camping field set within the New Forest National Park in the village of Godshill near Fordingbridge. We are open for four weeks from 31st July until the August Bank Holiday Monday. We are a in very peaceful location but near to local amenities and and our aim is to provide you with good facilities and a great relaxing break.

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