Sweet Hill Farm

UK England South West England Dorset Portland

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Simple, almost-wild, seaside camping on the Isle of Portland

In Roman times, beacons were lit across Portland Bill to warn passing ships of the dangers of its pointed coastline. Many years and many unhappy accidents later, King George I conceded that its treacherous shores were likely in need of a lighthouse or two. Now, the famous Portland Bill Lighthouse is a far more welcoming sight for travellers, with Sweet Hill Farm, just a mile from its base, offering the ideal location for those looking to explore the island.

Sweet Hill Farm provides a family-friendly hub for spirited adventurers to descend upon, in a site devoted to leaving as little impact upon its land as possible. 60 spacious camping pitches are available across several fields in an "almost-wild" setting, meaning that handcrafted compost toilets and cold water taps provide basic amenities, while ensuring its surroundings remain unspoiled. Don’t expect showers or modern facilities but do expect to open your tent each morning to a perfect sea view.

Sweet Hill Farm is ideal for campers with an adventurous side. Its family-run Chesil Equestrian stables provide local trekking experiences, allowing visitors to meet and fall in love with the likes of Chip, Pepe, and Ffion before exploring Portland on horseback. Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre is just a 10-minute drive away and offers accessible sailing and watersports for all abilities, with classes and activities for ages five and over. Then for the particularly brave there’s abseiling courtesy of Portland Climbing, with its group climbing sessions offering a variety of grades to suit all skill levels.

If all that adventuring sounds a little overwhelming, then follow the South West Coast Path from the edge of the campsite and you’ll eventually join 18-mile Chesil Beach, which feels positively endless from this point on its eastern tip. The beach provides a variety of idyllic fishing spots, as anglers travel from all across the country to catch Portland’s plaice, sole, and other sea-dwelling fish. Alternatively, enjoy a scenic 30-minute walk to The Lobster Pot Restaurant for one of their famous Dorset Cream Teas, situated right next to Portland Bill with unparalleled views of the coast.

When you wake up on Sweet Hill Farm to a glorious view of the sea, with a day of exploration ahead of you and all of Portland’s pleasures within walking distance, you’ll wonder why it took nearly 2,000 years for the first lighthouse to be built there. Who wouldn’t want to see this place?

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Facilities

We have minimal facilities in our fields. We have hand built 10 compost toilets and have taps situated around the fields for cold water, this is also drinking water.

Suitable For

We allow tents, campervans and caravans, but we don't have any electrical hookups or waste disposal units. We also allow dogs that are kept on leads whilst in the camping fields or areas surrounding.

Nearby

Portland makes the ideal place to visit. With so much to explore being steeped in history, there’s no wonder why people find the island so fascinating. Activities on Portland include Arts – visit sculpture classes with the local stone. Horse riding, Equine therapy, Rock climbing, Bird watching, Walking, Photography, Fishing, Mountain biking, Cycling, Sailing, Sea Swimming and Coasteering.

Food & Drink

We have a food trailer on site that serves breakfast from 9am, light lunches and open later at the weekends for evening food.

Open

May–October.

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The Owner Says

Our private land offers nearly wild camping in a glorious location with uninterrupted views over to Portland Bill.

Come and enjoy the many activities Portland has to offer, from horse riding, walking, rock climbing, bird watching, fishing, sailing or enjoying ice creams at the famous Portland Bill lighthouse. Portland known as the jewel of Dorset, is a tied island, 4 miles long and just 5 miles south from Weymouth, forming the southernmost point of the county. The Jurassic Chesil Beach joins it to the mainland.

Pitches

60 grass pitch-where-you-like camping pitches.

Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 60 Available
Spacious grass pitches with no electricity

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Location

Contact Sweet Hill Farm, Sweet Hill Road, Portland, Dorset DT5 2DS

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Getting There

Here are the directions to finding us at Sweet Hill Farm.

Follow your sat nav to DT5 2DS. As you drive up Sweet Hill Road you will see a wooden sign for Chesil Equestrian on your left. Take the left up the track, as you drive up the track, you will see some of our stables, also on your left.

You will then come to an open car parking area where our new converted food trailer is situated.
One of us will meet you and show you to the camping areas.
Here’s my mobile 07792689591 or Daniel can be contacted on 07799651021 in case you get lost or to let us know you’ve arrived.
There are buses and taxis situated next to the Weymouth train station. For the bus, you need to walk to the Kings Statue and get on the No.1.

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