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A magical riverside retreat near Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

Few outdoors experiences satisfy our appetite for adventure like a spot of wild swimming. On a balmy summer’s day, there’s nothing quite like a cooling dip in a tranquil lake or sun-dappled swimming hole. Waterside campsites – amongst the most magical of settings for a night under canvas – are rarer than you might expect in the UK. So when we found out about a new undiscovered riverside gem in the heart of East Dorset, we knew we had to dive straight in.

Set on a dairy farm just outside the historic village of Moreton, Frome Meadow Campsite is five spectacular acres bordered by wildlife-rich woodland. Like all things beautifully ephemeral, it only pops-up for the month of August so be sure to book your place post haste. Campers lucky enough to secure one of the privileged pitches in this sprawling space enjoy unparalleled access to the River Frome. Exclusively accessed by patrons of the campsite, this private stretch of the river is perfect for paddling and swimming for the more able (and more cold-hardy!). The current can be quite strong in places and campers are reminded to take the usual common-sense precautions (particularly in the deeper areas), with children needing to be supervised at all times. But with a picnic packed and jelly shoes on feet, the little ones will be content for hours splashing about and spotting minnows and frogs beneath the surface.

With a relaxed ‘pitch-where-you-like’ policy for 14 tents, there’s no danger of overcrowding here. The five acres of heathland are more than ample for a game of rounders and your little novice naturalists can spot all manner of flora and fauna, like hares, dragonflies, kingfishers and even the odd sika deer. For those who like to travel light, there are a trio of family-sized bell tents kitted out with comfy mattresses, lanterns and outdoor seating. Facilities-wise, the site is off-grid and eco-friendly with brand new compost loos, hot showers and a washing-up area. Best of all, campfires are positively encouraged here so you can spend your evening telling tales from the riverbank while toasting marshmallows over the flames under some of the most star-studded skies around.

Follow one of the many bridleways emanating from the site and you’ll soon end up at Moreton. This charming village is steeped in history, with its most famous son T.E. Lawrence (more commonly known as Lawrence of Arabia) commemorated in the heritage trail that takes in his rural retreat and grave at St Nicholas’ church. And if you haven’t sated your watery desires back at camp, the Jurassic Coast – including Lulworth Cove and iconic Durdle Door – is just 20 minutes’ drive away.

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The campsite owner says

We invite you to camp in the meadows alongside the beautiful River Frome, where you can go wild swimming in this private stretch of the river and cook over a campfire in a peaceful green space normally only enjoyed by local wildlife and the cows.

​There is plenty of  room to choose your own pitch or you can hire one of three furnished bell tents - take the hassle out of camping and stay in one of our gorgeous tents with comfy beds, colourful rugs and blankets, solar lights and an up-cycled fire pit.

 The site has eco loos, hot showers and a washing up area.

​Moreton, a popular destination for visitors, is a 15 minute walk from the meadow, from here there are miles of walks and cycle paths. There are many local attractions including Lulworth Cove, only 6 miles way, and lots of pretty Dorset villages to explore.

​Although when you are settled in this quiet field in the middle of our family run dairy farm, you may not want to leave.


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