Expansive, no-frills camping with views of the sea on the horizon

Hidden behind a discreet residential slip road in Langton Matravers, random tufts of wild flowers adorn the natural bumps and curves of Acton Field on the Purbeck Hills. The unspoilt – verging on wild – terrain comprises a wide, sloping, and grassy campsite, where you can see Swanage Bay glistening in yonder distance. Arrive early in peak season to claim the best-sheltered and flat spot you can find, as exposed parts can get very windy.

During restricted times, campers need to be members of groups -the list can be found on the Natural England website, or contact the owners for details.  Don’t let this put you off though, the minimal effort it takes to join rewards with a beautifully rugged camping experience that not every man and his dog can overpopulate.

Essential day trips include the scenic cliff-top walk from the village to swim at the Dancing Ledge tidal rock pool and caves. In 40 minutes you can walk along Priests Way down to Swanage Bay for a fish-and-chip beach supper, or to the famous Square and Compass pub in Worth Matravers. Buy a pint of cider and a pasty through a hole in the wall before relaxing on the pub’s very own little slope…it could be a long stagger back.

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We have owned and run the site for 35 years, and welcome all.

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