The View Camping

UK England South West England Dorset Poole

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Welcoming family camping with campfires and far-reaching views over Poole Harbour and the Purbeck Hills

Naming this campsite was always going to be a no brainer. Set on two south-facing sides of a Dorset valley, campers pitch their tents to a backdrop of rolling hills that stretch all the way down to the Jurassic Coast, with the Isle of Purbeck and hilltop Corfe Castle visible in the distance. When the campfire’s going and quiet calm settles on the folds of the campsite, you can simply sit, relax and take it in.

That said, there must have been other options. They could have called it ‘The Atmosphere’, ‘The Wildlife’, ‘The Campfires’ or ‘The idyllic setting near Dorset’s main attractions’. All would have been equally worthy – if less catchy – names for a family-run campsite where you’ll find all the ingredients for a heady holiday recipe.

There's only a limited number of pitches spread across some 14 acres, so you’re guaranteed plenty of space. Guests can choose the spot they please, in the meadow at the top of the site for the best views of the Purbeck Hills and Poole Harbour or down in a valley glade where there are little wooded nooks and a reasonable chance of spotting roaming deer if you wake early. Campfires are allowed and there’s a relaxed, convivial atmosphere, with family campers and family tents ruling the roost, usually with swimming trunks drying on the guylines after a long day at the beach.

At times, The View can feel like a time warp. If you’ve left the rush of a town or city, you’ll find hours pass here simply doing nothing at all, other than enjoying the chatter of the birds and soaking in the open country space. Don’t worry. That’s natural. The character of the campsite, from the inquisitive goats and Shetland pony to the impromptu musical gatherings with expert instrumentalists, can’t help but make you switch off.

If the vista draws you elsewhere, though, the campsite has a prime location. The best known beaches in the area – Lulworth Cove, Kimmeridge Bay, Swanage, Durdle Door, Bournemouth and Sandbanks – are all within a half hour drive, while Wareham and Poole are a little over 10 minutes. Take a picnic to the latter and catch a boat across the world-famous harbour to Brownsea Island. From there you can try and look back inland and spot the campsite somewhere up to the north. “What are you looking at?” a fellow ferry-goer might ask. “The View”, you can simply say, knowing your secret campsite discovery is safe for another day.

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Facilities

After a day’s adventure you can relax fully immersing yourself in our gem of Dorset's paradise where you can light a fire pit, perhaps toast marshmallows and drink wine whilst gazing at beautiful Purbeck hills soaking in the sunset. Then when the night stars come out and you drift asleep, while barn owls hoot and wild deer meet, the simple joys of life will nurture your soul.

Firepits are available to hire and can be used in designated areas (Open fires are prohibited). Wood can be purchased onsite. Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

We are a natural site with bespoke up-cycled toilet units, ranging from eco-friendly to flushing. We have a couple of quirky showers on site too as an added extra. There are several open-aired freshwater stations and taps over the site.

We occasionally offer a range of workshops in keeping with the ethos of nature and well-being. You may be invited to join in a well-being, meditation, or gentle yoga workshops which we hold occasionally in our barn or wildlife orchard. We also sometimes host fun art/craft workshops, games and share nature-based talks. There may also be a chance be to experience a most special gong and Tibetan bowl, sound bath! (You don’t need a towel!)

Some evenings we light our fire-pit where you can share campfire stories, poems, and acoustic music by local musicians in a friendly environment. A great opportunity to meet new friends and look up at the stars in the warmth of a real fire. Check us out on social media to see what’s on.

Cathy and Kate are always there to try to help make your stay really special.

Suitable For

This family site is ideal for those who love the county side and nature and who want to explore beautiful Dorset or perhaps simply want time to relax and make special memories in beautiful surroundings.

The View is a tented camping site only. However, we have some great private fenced paddocks and areas each with their own facilities available for hire. Please contact us for more details.

A well-behaved quiet dog is welcome but must be kept on a lead and always supervised. Please be aware there are animals and wildlife on site.

For anyone who enjoys outdoor life, we are in a marvellous location. Enjoy water sports of every kind; surfing, sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking to name a few. There are numerous places where boat trips can be taken too for fishing, bird watching, and for sightseeing the beautiful coastline.

The View is also suited to those who prefer to stay close to the site. There are two beautiful village pubs where you can sit outside and enjoy fresh homemade food.’ The Chequers' Inn’ hosts a mini-market with fresh local produce and you can also collect delicious fresh milk from their vending machine. A well-stocked village shop is open until late with a cash point and post office. The village centre has a great open recreation area with a play park is only a walk from site and a great spot for a picnic! Within the village, there are horse riding stables, St Marys 12th century church, Bulbury Woods golf club, and an alpaca farm. You could also enjoy a visit to The English Oak Vineyard for a tour and wine tasting. The fantastic Barn Café with its outstanding reputation and alfresco dining is only a short walk away, a total must if you enjoy the finest food and awesome cakes! Also discover the lovely courtyard shops, antique, boutique, and quaint garden centre.

Nearby

Award-winning Farmer Palmers with its all-weather facilities is a moments’ drive away, as is the famous Monkey World (as seen on TV). The Tank Museum at Bovington where you can see the tanks in training makes a unique experience.

Upton Country Park, Wareham Forest and numerous nature reserves are on our doorstep. Enjoy miles of unspoilt cycling and walking. Arne peninsular and reserve, Hamworthy pier beach and park are also close.

The walled Saxon town of Wareham is considered ‘Gateway to the Purbecks’ with its beautiful river Frome, pretty courtyards and quay. You can even hire a boat.

Historic Corfe Castle is linked with vibrant, seaside Swanage by steam trains which take you through the Purbeck Hills. Everywhere the scenery is spectacular. The world-famous 630 miles of outstanding Jurassic coastal path has unbelievable viewpoints all along this breathtaking coastline.

Quaintest thatched villages like Milton Abbas, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are only a short way away, and if you like gardens and history perhaps visit Kingston Lacy National Trust House and gardens or Compton Acres. Kimmeridge Bay is great for fossil hunting. Gorgeous heathlands at Arne peninsular, Poole Harbour with all its islands and Blue Pool are only a few miles away. There are lots of quaint villages such as Milton Abbas, and Cerne Abbas where the famous giant can be found!

Wimborne has a fine Minster, cobbled courtyards, boutique, and craft shops. There are finest eating venues, riverside walks, and tearooms. Its charming model village is a must, and you can even hire a kayak to enjoy the river.

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are spectacular as are the beaches of Studland and Sandbanks. The harbour ferry, Old Harry Rocks, Brownsea Island with its red squirrels and abundant wildlife, Weymouth with its marine and Sealife centre, and the Great Chesil Bank. Abbotsbury’s Swannery and Subtropical Gardens. The choice of places to visit is endless.

Tower Park multi-centre offers Cinema, Splashdown, Bowling, and restaurants. Poole quay holds live music in its fabulous inns throughout the summer. Bournemouth is a must for shopping, lovely gardens, white sandy beaches, restaurants, and nightlife.

A day out to the New Forest and Burley where you can see the wild ponies and donkeys. Beaulieu Motor Museum, Paulton’s Park, Owl and Raptor Centre make a fun day out from site.

Food & Drink

There are many nearby places to have delicious meals and refreshing drinks,  some of our favourite pubs on the outskirts of Lytchett Matravers including the Bakers Arms, St Peters Finger and The Worlds End. There are an array of high-quality restaurants and bars located throughout Poole, Bournemouth, Wareham, and Wimborne. Many serve vegetarian and vegan food too!

The Salt pig (Wareham), Pamphill (Wimborne), Vines Close (Sturminster Marshall), and Candy's Farm Shop are just a couple of our local Farm Shops, cafes and Butchery where you can collect local produce.

The whole area is renowned for the finest seafood caught locally. One of the favourite restaurants being Rockfish at Poole quay.

Tesco express is open until 11.00pm in the village so useful if you find you’ve run out of supplies.

This year we have a lovely bespoke mini food wagon which will be on site several days a week offering a small but special range of home-cooked fare perhaps sip a chilled cider, a Guinness or try our special ‘Firepit Cocktail ‘. Toast your marshmallows over a fire pit and simply enjoy being under the stars.

Open

July and August only.

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The Owner Says

Step out of life’s stresses and immerse yourself in breath-taking countryside at ‘The View’. The warmest welcome is always assured by Cathy and her daughter Kate.

The 14-acre site is unique, set in the heart of stunning natural beauty with abundant wildlife and birds. Get back to the core of life within nature. You can choose your own pitch from several beautiful fields, from higher meadows with panoramic views towards the stunning Isle of Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast, or perhaps nestle your tent in peaceful soft valley glades.

The site is perfectly located in the small village of Lytchett Matravers, central for exploring all of Dorset’s very best. An idyllic haven and a stone’s throw from everything; Poole, Bournemouth and Purbeck’s, award-winning beaches, beautiful countryside, historic sites, and most special things Dorset has to offer, whatever your interest. Plan your adventures or simply just relax.

The village is high in elevation, and you can see Poole with its world-famous harbour, Old Harry rocks and Brownsea island from the park and recreation ground (Great spot for family picnics).

As the name suggests the views from every tent are simply gorgeous and they make the site so special. Poole Harbour and quayside, with its beautiful islands and abundant wildlife and birds, are near, as are Bournemouth Studland, Sandbanks, Swanage, all with beautiful beaches. The stunning Arne peninsular and RSPB reserves. The world heritage Jurassic coastal path with so many historic sites and special treasures are all very near. You can look out from your tent over a tapestry of countryside. The lovely Wareham Forest with its nature reserves, and the amazing 11th century Corfe Castle stands proud in the distance set within the beautiful Purbeck hills.

We are now using our lovely barn and often host mini-events including well-being and musical gatherings where you can learn, meet new friends, and share magical moments. Our passion is to encourage awareness and care of nature, along with enriching people's wellbeing. Come and meet our lovely mischievous animals they are sure to make you smile!

This is a gentle peaceful site with lots of space to choose the perfect pitch. A place to unwind and make special memories. Ideal for those who love the countryside.

Social Distancing Measures

We are committed to helping ensure a safe and happy stay this summer.

To help ensure your safety and protection;
  • We will be limiting the number of pitches on the 14acre site to offer spacious pitches.
  • We provide hand sanitisers, located over the site.
  • Wash stations, toilets are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
  • We also ask that all campers are respectful of others safety and abide by government guidelines.
  • NHS track and trace QR poster. We ask all campers to scan the NHS QR code when they arrive by using the NHS COVID-19 app.

Pitches

You can pitch where you like, so numbers are quite informal, but there's usually around 40 or so pitches.

The View Meadows

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 35 Available
Glassland pitch within The View's 14-acre site of Dorset's most beautiful countryside with breathtaking views.

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Location

Contact The View Camping, Middle Road, Lytchett Matravers, Poole, Dorset BH16 6DP

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Getting There

If using a satnav, please use the postcode BH16 6DP.
It is recommended that you come in from the A35 rather than through Lytchett Matravers, as this is much easier and faster. Turn off the A35 signposted Lytchett Matravers/Tea Room/French Furniture, into Wareham Road, then take the first left into Halls Road, carry on down the hill and turn right up Middle Road. Look for The View Camping sign on your right.
The Higher Meadow pitches are accessible from Halls Road and the South Field pitches accessible from Middle Road.
BUS LINK 10 & X8  operated by morebus
South Western Railway
Train Station closes to site is Holton Health. Others include Hamworthy, Wareham, Wool, Poole
Taxis
Acorn taxi Lytchett  -07955 726010
Upton & Lytchett Taxis  -01202 560000
Purbeck Cabs  -01929 500604

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