Donkey Down Camping at Culliford Tree

UK England South West England Dorset Weymouth

  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Relaxed, summer-only campsite with panoramic views of the Dorset countryside

If swallows are the first sign of summer, second must be pop-up campsites – and here’s another from the team behind laid-back Donkey Down, high above the Dorset coast. Less than a mile away from the original campsite, Donkey Down Camping at Culliford Tree forms part of a working farm and is spread across two rolling fields totalling 16 acres, meaning plenty of space to choose your pitch.

There’s a similar free-and-easy vibe to this site, where it's tents and campervans only. The gently sloping western field is for groups who may stay up a little later – not a party scene, but expect campfire chatting into the night. Families, couples, and early-to-bedders can use the extremely flat eastern field. Both fields have panoramic views over the north Dorset countryside and, at the southern ends, crane your neck and you’ll get glimpses of Weymouth Bay and the Isle of Portland. It’s a summer-only set-up, with the emphasis on saying ‘yes’ rather than ‘no’ – so bring the kids, bring the family dog, light the barbecue, and build a campfire (just make sure they’re raised off the ground).

Facilities are temporary but perfectly serviceable, including shower blocks in each field, plus compostable toilets, washing-up facilities, and drinking water points. If you don’t want the faff of putting up your own tent, you can hire one of their pre-erected, unfurnished bell tents, which come with a fire pit included in the price. Food and drink are courtesy of the on-site pop-ups – ‘Kuka’ for coffee, beers, drinks, and hay-bale cocktails, ‘Found and Fine’ for locally sourced breakfasts, plus meals on selected nights.

A footpath from the western field leads into the majestic Came Woods, with its ancient Culliford Tree. There are Neolithic tumuli scattered across the site, too — people have been gathering here for thousands of years — while footpaths and bridleways reach out across the chalk downs and down to the nearby coast. Bring a bike if you like — the local B-roads are ideal for cycling — though if you’re planning on hitting the beaches of the Jurassic Coast, a car is the best bet as it’s further than it looks to the sea (25 minutes by bike, maybe 90 on foot). Beyond the local diversions, there’s plenty to see and do, but you might just find that kicking back with a Mojito in a grassy field while the sun sets over the Dorset coast is exactly what you had in mind for the summer all along.

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Facilities

With an ethos of being environmentally friendly, we have introduced compostable toilets. Hot indoor showers as well as eco-showers, powered by the sun are also available. Drinking water, hand sanitising stations and washing-up facilities with hot water are more features of the site. Caterers and a bar are both based at Culliford Tree. Campfires are allowed provided they are raised off of the ground. We have logs for sale and firepits for hire during your stay.

Suitable For

Bring your own tent or hire one of our unfurnished bell tents. Motorbikes, boats and campervans are all welcome but we do not accept caravans or motorhomes. Children and dogs are welcome here. We do not accept dogs listed in the Dangerous Dog Act. Fireworks and Chinese lanterns are prohibited.

Nearby

The Inland Coastpath can by joined after 5 minutes of walking from the site. 20 minutes of walking along it leads over the famous White Horse and down into the small village of Osmington which has a small farm shop and tearoom, Craig's Farm Dairy. Following the path west which runs through the site will eventually lead you to the highest point in Dorset, the Hardy Monument. Weymouth Town centre, sandy beach and working harbour is a 10 minute drive from the site. Here, there are many features including restaurants, pubs, shops and takeaway services. The town of Dorchester, also 10 minutes by car has shops and a few museums. There are 2 convenience stores situated in the village of Preston, 3 pubs and 2 fish and chip shops, all a 5 minute drive away. Broadmayne, 2 miles by road has a village store and a family pub.

Food & Drink

The Springhead pub located in the village of Sutton Poyntz and The Black Dog at Broadmayne are popular choices. In Weymouth, The Dorset Burger Company and Al Molo are favourites. At Ferrybridge on the road to Portland is The Crab House and Billy Winters.

Open

End July–first week September.

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The Owner Says

Culliford Tree forms part of a working farm and is situated less than a mile away from the original Donkey Down Campsite. Spread across two fields totalling 16 acres in size, there is plenty of space to choose your pitch. The gently sloping western field is dedicated to the groups who may stay up a little later. Others will be encouraged to use the extremely flat eastern field for a quieter night.
Both sites enjoy panoramic views over the north Dorset countryside and at the southern ends, there are glimpses of Weymouth Bay and Portland. The majestic Came Woods adjoins the western field and a foot path runs through the site and into the woods.
In the medieval period, one of two tumuli located in the western field was referred to as a "moot", the main meeting point for the area. The eastern field boasts four Neolithic tumuli, orientated across the middle of the site. It is also within close proximity to many other footpaths and bridleways.
Compostable toilets, showers, washing up facilities and drinking water points are available in both fields. There is also a bar and catering providers on site but no electricity. Culliford Tree is served by a network of B-roads which are ideal for cycling.

Accommodation

Pitch where you like in two fields with plenty of space. Also, 13 unfurnished bell tents, sleeping up to six people each.

Unfurnished Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 6 10 Available
Sleeps up to 6 people with use of firepit and one vehicle included in hire price.

Non-electric grass and earth pitch.

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 90 Available
Spectacular views, choose your own pitch with no restrictions on tent size.

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Location

Contact Donkey Down Camping at Culliford Tree, Chalky Road, Whitcombe, Dorset DT2 8NL

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Getting There

From the east travelling along the A353, pass through the village of Osmington and go down White Horse Hill into Preston (the White Horse is to the right and Weymouth Bay to the left). Once you've entered the 30mph zone, take the first turning on your right right onto Sutton Road. Follow the road and fork to the left when you reach Plaisters Lane. Continue up the hill along the narrow road until you reach the top of Coombe Valley Road. Turn right and follow the road up to the crossroads. Continue straight ahead and immediately, you will see the entrances to the fields on the left and right.

From the Weymouth Relief Road A354 (the main route between Dorchester and Weymouth), take the first exit on to the A353 Littlemoor Road. Remain on the A353 for a mile and a half, passing Goulds Garden Centre on the left. Head towards Chalbury Corner and take the last exit on the left, Coombe Valley Road, before reaching the roundabout. Continue on this road for just over a mile until a crossroads is reached. Pass straight across and the fields can be seen on the left and right.

From Weymouth train station, a short walk can be made to Kings Statue, the main bus stop area of the town. Here, a bus can be taken to Chalbury corner which is the closest bus stop to the site. A short five minute taxi drive along Coombe Valley road or a 45 minute walk will bring you to the site.

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Really lovely!

Lovely people! Very basic but sometimes that's all you want! Good showers, be nice if there were loos next to them in the main field. Loos can be a bit smelly but are well maintained. Washing up liquid, soap, shampoo and hand sanitizer kindly provided. Nice flat pitches camping alongside the round barrows (which to me is heaven). Sea views depending on where you camp. It's so very peaceful, especially at night, all that can be heard are the owls and Sika deer, being near a road is no bother as it's not very busy. If you camp under the trees or near the longer grass, be warned the ticks are very bad - keep topped up with Jungle formula and it works like a treat! Would love to come back again, best holiday in years and such a perfect location!
Sep 12, 2021 by Gemma

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