Graston Copse

UK England South West England Dorset West Bay

  • Dogs welcome
  • Laundry
  • Groups welcome
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A peaceful retreat in the heart of the south-west Dorset countryside

What's that – Cool Camping endorsing a holiday park? Whoah, chill-out camping fans. Before you snap your tent poles in protest, hear us out. Sure this site is part of the West Dorset Leisure Holidays empire, but Graston Copse is bona fide traditional camping with all the first-rate facilities you would expect from such a well-oiled machine. Yes, caravans are permitted, but they're an unobtrusive 100 metres from the camping field, with a 4-metre-high hedge partitioning the view. Still with us? We thought as much.

Tucked away down a single-track country road, this riverside campsite is a peaceful retreat in the heart of the south-west Dorset countryside. Upon arrival, you instantly realise just how fantastically spacious Graston Copse's 5-acre meadow really is. Generously sized pitches are nicely marked out with enough room to fit a large family tent and car. There's also ample room space to sit out and soak up the rays.

A stroll across the site is a revelation. The onsite nature-trail is a lovely little walk, with woodpeckers, watervoles, and kingfishers to keep you company along the way.

The surrounding area is simply stunning. The glorious sweep of the Jurassic Coast, (England’s first natural World Heritage Site) provides the eye-candy and is the perfect setting for all types of seaside fun. Whether you’re a paddler, sailor, amateur angler, or sun-tan fan, this place genuinely has something for all.

The site is also excellently located for exploring the South West Coast Path and enjoying the stunning, picturesque views across Lyme Bay.

Whilst you relax in the shade of Graston Copse’s shady trees, amble around its surrounding countryside, or enjoy a full-flavoured pint in the local pub, you can congratulate yourself on picking such a likeable, charming campsite.

Details

Facilities

78 grass pitches, 8 with electrical connection. Showers (free), sinks, toilets, hair-dryer, washing machine, tumble-dryer, iron, ironing board and freezer. Wi-Fi is available for purchase. Right on your doorstep, the pretty "Woodland Walk" is a great introduction to the Dorset countryside. Great for nature spotting, take the woodchip path and you'll quickly become surrounded by picturesque countryside and peaceful woodlands.

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, campervans, families, large groups, (subject to availability) dogs ­– yes.

Nearby

A short stroll along the River Bride leads you to the quintessential English village of Burton Bradstock. Charming 16th and 17th century thatched cottages dot the village, which also contains pubs, shops, beach cafe, and the large medieval church, St. Mary the Virgin. Oh and keep an eye out for protest singer/songwriter Billy Bragg, he’s a local resident! If you love a good market, head to the small town of Bridport. The Saturday market is particularly popular with traders flogging everything from fancy hats to hardware and plants to pizza. Get there early to pick up a bargain, but be warned, you may have to haggle!

Food & Drink

The Hive Beach Cafe (01308 897070) in Burton Bradstock is a great, family-friendly restaurant with stunning beach views. The menu is largely seafood and the quality and range on offer is excellent. For all you beer lovers, the Palmers Brewery tour(01308 422396) is well worth a visit. Go behind the scenes and watch every stage of the centuries-old brewing process. Make sure you pre-book, these tours are very popular. There are some great pubs close-by all serving local beers and hearty home-cooked grub. The traditional Anchor Inn (01308 897228) is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. The seafood platter is delicious with crab, lobster, prawns, scallops and fish cakes all locally sourced.

Opening Times

Mid April to early September (exact dates vary each year.)

Accommodation

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Location

Contact Graston Copse, Graston Copse Holiday Park, Burton Bradstock, Dorset, DT6 4QP

Getting There

From Burton Bradstock, turn left at the Anchor Hotel. Then take the second right into Annings Lane and follow for 1 mile.

The X53 and X54 buses run from Exeter (via Seatown) but neither pass the campsite directly. There is a local village bus but times are sporadic.

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