UK England South West England Dorset Swanage & Isle of Purbeck

Room to move, room to breathe, room to play at this Dorset camper's paradise

In a region fit to bursting with wonderful campsites, we've come across a real gem in Woodyhyde. Set amongst the iconic chalky downs of the Purbeck Hills, this traditional family-friendly site lies in Dorset's spiritual heart.

The campsite itself lies across three fields – a small field adjacent to the Swanage Steam Railway line, a spacious medium field, where you’ll also find the main facilities block, and a large field with acres of room and broad, countryside views. Wide-open spaces here are just crying out for rowdy ball games or a few flicks of a frisbee. Unmissable kiddy bliss.

The leafy countryside vista is the perfect backdrop for some early morning yoga, but don’t be alarmed if your meditation is interrupted with a sudden woosh and parp – that’ll be the Swanage Steam Railway. The old engines whistle and wheeze past the site between Swanage and Corfe Castle. It’s just a pity it doesn’t stop right here – the nearest station is at Harman’s Cross, 10 minutes’ walk away.

Being based on the Isle of Purbeck (in actual fact a peninsula, but we're not ones to quibble), you're just a stone's throw from some of the great beaches and coastal views that align Dorset's famed Jurassic Coast. Be sure to take time to visit the iconic Durdle Door –  a huge natural limestone sea arch and, more importantly, unmissable photo opportunity.

With refreshingly understated facilities, acres of space to explore, easy access to some of the region's hidden coves, and the obligatory steam train chugging gently past your tent, Woodyhyde is an utterly charming throwback to the camping of yesteryear. Sit back and relax as younger campers live out their own Blytonesque adventures.

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The campsite owner says

Situated on the Isle of Purbeck, a stone's throw away from Dorset's famed Jurassic Coast. our family-run campsite has 160 unmarked pitches on 3 fields across 13 acres where wild deer, pheasants and birds roam.

This spacious campsite with broad, countryside views never feels full even during the peak camping season. One field is bordered by a steam train, linking Corfe Castle and Swanage.

A new facilities block houses 18 showers (including separate male and female disabled shower/toilet). 60 electrical hook-up points are available and 20 of which are hard standings for camper vans.

A large shop selling camping essentials plus basics like bread, milk, eggs and local beers and ice creams.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the campsite (code available from reception on arrival). We have recently been award the David Bellamy Silver Award for our campsite and are continuing to improve and develop the site year on year.

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