The Walled Garden Campsite

UK England South West England Dorset Dorchester

  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
A simple family campsite adjacent to the Walled Gardens of Moreton and within easy reach of the Jurassic Coast

Rule 101: Don't tell your friend you're going to be camping near a graveyard. The Walled Garden Campsite in the quaint Dorset village of Moreton is rightfully named after the beautiful, five-acre garden it borders but, adjacent to that, there's also one of the most talked-about churchyards in the county. For the village is famously synonymous with T.E. Lawrence, immortalised in the Lawrence of Arabia movie, and the place where his tiny cottage, as well as his final resting place in an equally tiny graveyard is found.

The campsite is yards from both attractions and is closely associated with the walled garden. So, though you're not camping within it's boundaries, campers get full access as part of their stay. You could easily spend half a day wandering the Chilean arboretum, taking in the sweetly scented rose garden, exploring sculptures in nooks and crannies and enjoying some fresh produce from the kitchen garden at the Dovecote Café. For little ones, there are two good play areas, too – one within the walled garden (alongside a farm area with pigs and chickens) and the other back in the camping meadow itself.

When it comes to pitching tents, the campsite has a classic feel suitable of the rural Dorset setting. Caravans are not permitted but campfires in firepits are and it's largely families that rule the roost. If you don't fancy trying to cook over the flames there's also a pub a half-hour walk or five-minute drive away and the garden café is open until six o'clock.

For its size, Moreton is also, surely, one of the most well-crossed villages, when it comes to footpaths and bridleways. The Purbeck cycle way, the Frome valley trail, the Jubilee trail and the Hardy Way all run through the village, and campers who come with bikes are well placed to spend an entire weekend here without ever touching the car. It's conceivable to ride to the Jurassic Coast, including Man O'War beach and almost-circular Lulworth Cove, in well under an hour and there's plenty to do on the doorstep. Just a two-minute walk from the campsite you’ll find Moreton Ford – the perfect place to idle away a few hours with a picnic while little ones paddle in the clear, shallow water and try and catch an elusive tiddler fish. And it's a 10-minute ride on a car-free, partially wooded trail to Clouds House, T.E. Lawrence's former cottage, now cared for by the National Trust.

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Facilities

We offer male and female toilets and a shower block that is cleaned regularly for your comfort and hygiene. Our terms are that you bring your own toilet rolls and you take your rubbish home with you.
Our showers have a managed system to reduce the risk of wastage and to try and ensure that all our campers enjoy a hot shower. Please note that like many campsites in the UK we are limited on how much hot water is available at any one time and there is a small charge for using the shower. Note that due to the rural location,  refunds cannot be given in the unlikely event that hot water is not available.

Our staff are friendly with a relaxed approach to ensure that your camping experience will be one you will want you to return and recommend to others. We will try and help in any way we can but we ask for one thing in return please…respect and manners for our staff and fellow campers.

Please remember to bring your own loo roll and that you take your rubbish away with you – we appreciate your help.

Nearby

Go and explore Dorset and the surrounding counties, then relax in our very comfy barn.

Here’s a few of popular attractions within a short distance of our campsite to get you started.

The Sealife Centre www.sealifeweymouth.com

Monkey World www.monkeyworld.org

Tank Museum www.tankmuseum.org

Dinosaur Museum www.thedinosaurmuseum.com

Royal Signals Museum www.royalsignalsmuseum.co.uk

Dorchester County Museum Dorchester County Museum

The Nothe Fort www.nothefort.org.uk

Lulworth Castle Lulworth Castle

Swanage Railway Swanage Railway

Abbotsbury Tropical Gardens/Swannery Abbotsbury Tropical Gardens/Swannery

Portland Castle Portland Castle

Corfe Castle Corfe Castle

Farmer Palmers Farmer Palmers

Splashdown Splashdown

Brownsea Island Brownsea Island

Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove

Durlston Country Park Durlston Country Park

Food & Drink

There are plenty of good pubs around with the closest offering a large kids play area, called The Seven Stars, closely followed by The Frampton Arms. Other favorites are The Black Dog (Broadmayne), The New Inn (West Stafford), The Red Lion (Winfrith) and The Countryman to name a few.

Plenty of restaurants to choose from with Dorchester being the closest town (approx. 5 miles), which is a short trip on the train (approx 8 mins) and takes you into the heart of the town with various options within Brewery Square which lie adjacent to Dorchester South Train station.

Weymouth has a huge amount of places to eat and drink, particularly around the harbor area and seafront. Easy access by the train if you didn’t want to drive, with it only being 2 stops from Moreton (about 15-20 mins).

Open

July–September.

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The Owner Says

Most folk will appreciate The Walled Garden Campsite is so close to the Jurassic Coast including the iconic Durdle Door & Lulworth Cove (6 miles away). However, we offer such a variety of things to do within the gardens and the Moreton Estate, that many campers lose themselves in the enchantment of the venue.

We offer a fantastic kids play area with plenty of seating for adults, conveniently located next to the farm animals & Kitchen Garden, giving you panoramic supervising vision – A MUST AT ALL TIMES!! Not only are the grounds one of the most tranquil within the County, but it’s steeped in history with links to T E Lawrence, one of Britain’s finest war heroes, an Oxford Scholar & Close friend of Winston Churchill…better known to most as Lawrence of Arabia, who now rests in the village’s peaceful cemetery of St Nicholas’ Church (regardless of your religion or spiritual beliefs – this is a must-see just for its fine architecture and beautiful stain-glassed windows).

The scenic village of Moreton, a tranquil site in the very heart of Dorset, offers a labyrinth of walks, adjacent to Moreton’s Walled Garden, cafe, riding center and woodland (with guests having unlimited access to the grounds/play area), ensuring that you have a rural but perfectly placed location for all local attractions, amenities & good pubs, including The Seven Stars (*), The Frampton Arms, The Countryman, The Red Lion (*), The Wise Man, & The Black Dog (*) to name a few.

Moreton has the main Weymouth – Waterloo line running through so has fantastic access to many towns including Dorchester (1 stop) & Weymouth (2 stops) so if you want to visit the many museums, Brewery Square or even Prince Charles’s very own Poundbury (Duchy Of Cornwall) – it’s all to be enjoyed in Dorset’s County Town. Weymouth has the sandy award-winning Blue Flag beach, Sea Life Center, Nothe Fort to name a few. Please note that parking can be difficult during peak seasons, so we recommend using the train.

If the coast isn’t for you, then pop over to nearby Corfe Castle & The Swanage Steam Train, or simply take in the beautiful labyrinth of walks surrounding the campsite or adventure through Moreton Woods. Our more mature campers may remember the popular TV series “Tenko” which was filmed in woodland just behind the site.

Pitches

80 non-electric grass camping pitches.

Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 80 Available
A Single 10M x 10M Pitch costs £20. This covers parking for one vehicle and 2 adults staying within the pitch. Note that there are no additional charges for awnings etc, so long as your camping equipment remains within your allocated pitch.

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Location

Contact The Walled Garden Campsite, Station Road, Moreton, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8RH

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