Ocknell Camping Camping in the Forest

UK England South East England Hampshire Lyndhurst

  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
With so much wilderness and water at your disposal, is there really an excuse for not spending a night or two at Ocknell?

Where can you go camping if you fancy spending half your time exploring an ancient swathe of wild heaths and woodland and the other half beach hopping across shining, sandy shores? Is there a campsite that embraces both natural nirvanas? It surely can’t exist, can it? But it does, here at Ocknell, situated in the heart of the majestic New Forest and only a short drive from the coastal towns of buzzing Bournemouth and peaceful Poole.

Although a sizeable campsite (280 pitches) which gets pretty busy in the peak of summer, the atmosphere here remains peaceful and calm thanks to its large pitches and thoughtful landscaping. What really matters here, though, is not how big the pitches are, nor the standard of facilities (you won't find showers), but what the world surrounding Ocknell can do to your mind, body and soul.

The walking and biking potential in and around the New Forest is endless... well, almost. You can explore heathland, ancient woodlands and grassy plains, with the National Park’s website contributing a wide range of knowledge, devised to help you explore those hidden corners of the forest.

Fritham Walk (just over four miles) is a popular walk, not least because of the proximity to the Royal Oak pub in Fritham village. If you look north over Islands Thorns and Amberwood Enclosure, film fans may recognise the landscape as Sherwood Forest from Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Whilst we realise Ocknell may not be for everyone – there will be those who won’t appreciate sharing a site with caravans, motorhomes and trailer tents – it’s that peaceful, calm atmosphere and practically perfect location which makes it such an alluring place to pitch. And with all that wilderness and water at your disposal, is there really an excuse for not spending a night or two at Ocknell? We think not.



280 undefined 8m x 5m spaces (150 which are hardstanding) to put your tent, caravan or motorhome and space for one car. Flushing toilets, electric shaving sockets, some disabled facilities, chemical disposal point, dishwashing facilities, ice pack freezing facility and drinking water taps. Please be aware there are no showers.

Suitable For

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


Liberty’s Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre (01425 476487) is the perfect day out for animal lovers. Visitors can enjoy daily flying displays, see a wide range of birds of prey on display and visit the reptile house with snakes, lizards and more. 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. James Bond fans can view the fascinating exhibition of genuine vehicles and props at the ‘James Bond Experience.‘ For those not interested in motoring there are stately homes, historic buildings and beautiful gardens to explore. 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), the first dedicated Peppa Pig Theme Park in the world. 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, the kids can explore the farmyard buildings and enjoy plenty of indoor and outdoor play areas including trampolines, a ball pool and the straw bale barn.

Food & Drink

The Royal Oak (023 8081 2606) is situated in the lovely village of Fritham. This free house dates back to the 1600’s and has a thatched cottage with 19th century additions, the pub serves good quality, home-cooked food. The Sir Walter Tyrell (023 8081 3170) is a few minutes drive and caters for the whole family with a wide and varied menu. Just 200 yards away from the inn lies the Rufus Stone that marks the spot where King William II died, accidentally killed by Sir Walter Tyrell. A traditional Italian pizzeria, La Pergola (023 8028 4184) offers a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in a delightful building with a pergola covered in wisteria and vines. All dishes are freshly prepared on the premises made with locally sourced produce. Here since the 15th century, The Crown Stirrup (023 8028 2339) is set in a fantastic New Forest location, offering a comprehensive menu with quality homemade food and a good range of beers, wines and spirits. The name of the pub relates to the king’s law regarding the size of dogs. During Tudor times only the king and his entourage could hunt in the New Forest; commoners were only allowed to hunt if their dogs were small enough to fit through the ‘Verderer’s Stirrup’. The Glasshouse Restaurant (023 8028 6129) is located on the outskirts of Lyndhurst. If you are looking for a fine dining experience for lunch or dinner, this is the place to go.


1st April - 27th September 2021

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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Contact Ocknell Camping, Ocknell Campsite, Fritham, Hampshire, SO43 7HH

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Getting There

From Midlands, London and the South East: head West on the M27 and exit at junction 1. The campsite is signposted from the exit slip road. Turn right onto the B3078 (signposted Brook and Fordingbridge) and bear left at Bell Inn Brook and follow the B3078 (signposted Fordingbridge). Take the 1st left and after approximately 1 ½ miles you will pass the entrance to Longbeech on your left. Ocknell is situated on the right after a further ½ mile.

From West: follow the East bound A31. Approximately 8 miles from Ringwood, the site is signposted on your left.

From Wales, North and Midlands via Salisbury: take the A36 from Salisbury (South East) towards to M27. Turn right onto the B3079 (signposted Lanford, Branshaw & Brook) turn right at the junction with the B3078 (Fordingbridge and Bell Inn). Take the first left, after approx 1½ miles you will pass the entrance to Longbeech on your left. Ocknell is on the right after a further ½ mile.

The nearest bus stop is Cadnam roundabout (5 miles) which has links to Totton & Southampton, provided by Blue Star Bus. The nearest train stations are: Ashurst (South West Trains, 9 miles) and Romsey (First Great Western, 11 miles).


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