Tom's Field (Dorset)

UK England South West England Dorset Swanage & Isle of Purbeck

  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Relaxed campsite with views of Swanage Bay and the Isle of Wight

In an area of rural Dorset called the Isle of Purbeck, which isn’t actually an island, it seems appropriate that Tom’s Field isn’t in fact Tom’s. It was at one stage, but Tom has now pitched his tent in that great campsite in the sky, leaving his field to be loved and camped on by younger generations.

If it isn’t Tom’s, it is at least a field, so that part of the description is accurate. It’s rather a nice field, comprising just over four acres of gently rolling soft grass with old stone walling around much of its perimeter. It’s divided into a flat lower field, and a slightly more undulating higher field, which is compensated for by the outlook. If you’re looking the right way, you can see a long view seaward across Swanage Bay, and on a clear day you might see the Isle of Wight.

With so many attractions around here, it’s difficult to know where to start. The pub is probably as good a place as any, and what a pub the Square & Compass in Worth Matravers is. This gem has become an attraction in its own right, with visitors making a special trip to Worth Matravers to taste the ales and pasties, sit by the fire and bang their heads on the low beams.

This stretch of coast – aka the Jurassic Coast – is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the geologically significant rocks that date back more than 100 million years. With that accolade, it has joined the likes of the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the wonders of the natural world. Now, Tom would be proud.



2 Basic family shower rooms, toilets and freezer pack storage. A mobile shop sells breakfast staples. Washing-up sinks. Otherwise, Tina concurs, ‘regulars seem to like things staying exactly as they are’.


Treat yourself to a boat trip along the Jurassic Coast from Swanage. Contact Marsh’s Boats (01929 427659).

Food & Drink

Stock up on local, organic and fair-trade produce, including bread and eggs, at the on-site shop; bring your own bag. Or check out the regular local produce Farmer’s Markets.

As well as the quaint Square & Compass (01929 439229) in Worth Matravers (a 5-minute drive or a half-hour walk away), the excellent Scott Arms (01929 480270) in Kingston has a garden and views of Corfe Castle.


Mid March – end of October.

The Owner Says

Tom's Field now has a breakfast facility that operates at weekends during the season and weekdays in the school holidays.

The Walkers' Barn is useful for short stays if walking or climbing and also The Stone Room which has shower and toilet  facilities, small private terrace. Details and pricing can be found at

Up to date price list can also be found on the website.


Contact Tom's Field (Dorset), Tom’s Field Road, Langton Matravers, Swanage, Dorset BH19 3HN

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Getting There

Leave the A35 onto the A351 or A352 (depending on direction) and proceed for 11 miles. Turn right onto Haycrafts Lane; after a mile turn left onto the B3069 and after another mile turn right onto Tom’s Field Road.

Take the train to Wareham and then the no. 40  bus, which stops at the end of Tom's Field Road in Langton Matravers


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