Camp Hartland

UK England South West England Dorset Swanage & Isle of Purbeck

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Traditional camping on the Isle of Purbeck with campfires allowed and a pub next door

Situated on a road between two National Nature Reserves, it is difficult to compete with the countryside credentials of Camp Hartland. Blissfully rural and wonderfully quiet, the greens of the ancient Dorset heathland are dotted throughout the year with the ever-changing colour of wildflowers. In winter it’s the brown and white of crispy morning frosts, overlooked by circling hen harriers. Then, when summer comes, the purple haze of bell heather spreads into the grey waters of the nearby moors. Nestled in the midst of this wild and natural landscape is the 28 day pop-up site itself, a destination that clearly received Mother Nature’s memo: "Keep it simple, keep it green and keep it peaceful".

Three miles from Wareham and only a little further to the coast, Hartland Farm is a historic smallholding that is now a working stables. While horses frolic in the fields, a grassy heathland stretch is set aside for hardy campers and a couple of rustic family bathrooms have been readied for their arrival. Hot showers inside a wooden hut are accompanied by a washing up area. But beyond this there's very little onsite – just the way it should be. There are no electric hook-ups or chemical points, a positive approach by the owners to encourage only campers looking for that back-to-basics, authentic experience. And authentic it is, with the working farm on the doorstep and sheep grazing in the next-door field. Chickens scratch as they please, supplying eggs to the farmhouse, where you can also collect a morning croissant, perfect for breakfast.

While the site merits attention for its simplicity and welcoming atmosphere, Camp Hartland’s location dusts the icy on the cake. The nearest neighbour is a beautiful thatched pub that has a large summer garden, while the market town of Wareham, 5 minutes by car, boasts a 10th-century wall that give views over the medieval settlement and across the waterfields beyond. It is the dynamic heritage coast, however, that draws the crowds, with rocky cliffs, sandy beaches, secluded coves and unique formations like Old Harry Rocks. For all of these costal attractions Camp Hartland is well located and walkers can join fabulous sea-front footpaths just a stones throw from the site.

This is a campsite of old; an easy-going, peaceful place that boasts little more than what is required. Good, well-maintained sanitary facilities, a grassy patch to pop the tent and a welcome spot to kindle the campfire. While the less observant flock to their road map’s designated motorhome compound, this little gem retains its quiet charm and unpretentious beauty – a 28 day hideout in Dorset’s best position.

Details

Facilities

2 family washrooms with 2 showers and hot water, 4 eco loos, drinking water taps around the yard.  The perfect start to your day would be to visit our pop up cafe which offers the most delicious home made cakes, pastries and pasties ice creams along with teas and coffees (open in the morning and afternoons). There is always someone around to help you with any queries. The farm is a working livery yard so there are often horses being trained and campers can watch them schooled by their owners each morning.

Suitable For

Tents, small campervans, couples, friends, families and kids.

Nearby

The nearest sizeable settlement is the traditional market town of Wareham sandwiched between the rivers Piddle and Frome. Each summer it plays host to the Purbeck Film Festival (07939 968238), with films projected against the old city walls. In the other direction lays hilltop Corfe Castle (01929 481294), reminiscent of a fairy tale, something accentuated when the steam train (01929 425800) chugs past bound for Swanage (08704 420680). It is here that you'll find Durlston Country Park (01929 424443), an area of grass and woodland strung across the dramatic coastline. Walk to Dancing Ledge in the west, Old Harry Rocks in the east, or back inland to Kingston. Kimmeridge Bay (01929 481044), Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove are all a short drive away, unique coastal formations that epitomise the beauty of the Jurassic Coast. Closer to home, nature lovers should wander to Stoborough Heath Nature Reserve (08456 003078) and Hartland Moor Nature Reserve (08456 003078), either side of the campsite.

Food & Drink

We are walking distance from our neighbours, Lenctenbury Farm with PYO fruit and farm produce shop, and our local pub, The The Halfway Inn (01929 480402), a beautiful, historic pub with a thatched roof, friendly and accommodating owners .  You will find good pub grub, great beverage selection (whatever your tipple!) and pub garden with children's play area.

Open

A 28 day pop-up site open in August.  Other times available on request.

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The Owner Says

Nestled in beautiful countryside just a short distance from Corfe Castle and Studland beaches, Dorset. Camp Hartland is the perfect campsite for friends and families to enjoy an outdoor adventure.  There are 3 camping fields to choose from with no formal pitches.  A chalet type wash block with 2 family washrooms (shower / loo / sink) and washing up facilities.  There are 4 other eco loos located around the farm so there is never too far to walk if nature calls.

The sociable hub is often centred around our Horsebox Cafe, Jill opens in the morning and the afternoon serving up tea, coffee, cold drinks, hot breakfast baps, picnic pies to take away for the day, our well known pasties (all made on site), cakes, cookies and ice creams.

Camp Hartland is open for approximately 2 months (July and August) during the summer holidays and offers you a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of your busy lives and sample the great outdoors exactly as it should be. Come and pitch your tent for a night or more, sleeping below the stars in peaceful surroundings. A choice of beautiful beaches just a short drive away for you to brace yourself for an invigorating sea swim, lie on the silky sand, take country walks, bike rides or sit by your tent reading a good book.

Whatever your past time... we look forward to seeing you soon!

If you cannot find availability for your preferred dates, please call us 07707 163019.

Pitches

Basic grassy pitches with no electric hook-ups.

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 4 20 Available
Grass pitch in one of three fields

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Location

Contact Camp Hartland, Camp Hartland, Hartland Stud, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5DU

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Getting There

Camp Hartland is based at Hartland Stud.  Turn left into Soldiers Rd off A351 (between Wareham and Corfe) opposite the Halfway Inn.  Carry on for half a mile, Hartland Stud sign on left.  Camp Hartland  is signposted in August.

Bus stop walking distance from our farm, to get to the beach, Swanage, Poole and beyond! Excellent train service into Wareham (0845 600 0650) on the London, Waterloo to Weymouth, line. (2.5 hours from Waterloo).

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