Northdown Farm

UK England South West England Dorset Weymouth

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Pop-up, tents-only, summer camping for the school holiday masses within striking distance of the Dorset coast

Few destinations could be better suited than this bucolic corner of the South West. Hugged by the dramatic Jurassic Coastline; dotted with a multitude of quaint seaside hubs and Hardyean thatched-roofed cottages, it is little wonder why this stretch of the south west coast between Lyme Regis and Weymouth has long been a popular pitchup point for campers. Nestled on the undulating slopes of Osmington Hill, Northdown Farm stretches through a lush landscape the locals Paradise Valley. It doesn't take much stretch of the imagination to see how it earned this celestial soubriquet – with expansive views taking in the South Dorest Downs, the sparkling Celtic Sea and the famous Osmington White Horse.

Taking their cue from the sister site at Eweleaze, the folks behind Northdown Farm have created a wonderful family-friendly tents-only campsite. Facilities are ample here with toilets, free hot showers and recycling stations. In a setting this sumptuous, content campers aren't likely to be hankering for the bells and whistles. But Northdown go above and beyond, delivering a first rate farm shop stocking produce from the organic farm's own reared livestock (Aberdeen Angus Beef Cattle and Soay cross Dorset Sheep) and an organic bakery boasting all manner of pies pasties and stone-baked pizzas. Your accommodating hosts even run a courtesy bus down to one of the surrounding area's many wonderful beaches.

With a wealth of things to do in the local area Northdown's relaxed atmosphere and old-fashioned earthiness makes it one of the best camping spots in a region already brimming with some splendid sites. What a shame it's only open for 4 weeks of the summer. But then, you wouldn't want too much of a good thing now would you?                              

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Facilities

Campfires allowed. Toilets can be found in every camping field. There are several free hot showers and washing-up sinks dotted around the site. The centrally-located farm shop sells a range of farm-reared produce including beef. lamb, eggs, bread and milk as well as ciders and wines. It also stocks all camping essentials including firewood gas and barbeques. The farm's very own organic bakery serves up a range of pizzas, pasties, and pies as well as sandwiches. There's an ice-pack exchange in the farm shop. The site is run along very similar lines to its sister site Eweleaze Farm. Just as at Eweleaze guests are able to choose their own pitch so friends and families can camp in groups. Car parking by your tent is allowed on most of the fields. A courtesy bus runs daily trips down to the nearby beach. There's acres of space for kids to run around, fly kites and play ball games. They'll also love to pet the farm animals.                        

Nearby

This corner of West Dorset is absolutely crammed with fun activities and attractions. Just a few minutes drive from Northdown Farm lies some of the region's best beaches with something for everyone. Ringstead Bay (3 miles away) has great swimming and superb views of Weymouth; Bowleaze Cove (2 miles) is popular with the windsurfers; while Weymouth's bustling sands and Georgian promenade offers the quintessential seaside experience. The sister site, Eweleaze Farm (a walkable 1.9 miles away),  even boasts its own 1/2 mile private beach.  The 630 mile long South West Coast Path  stretches along the shores of Dorset and one of its loveliest streteches lies just a stone's throw south of Northdown Farm. The path also runs along the famous Jurassic Coast   An exploration of this famous World Heritage Site is a must.

Food & Drink

With a dedicated bakery and farm shop on site offering some of the finest quality meat to stick on the barby grilling your own is the order of the day at Northdown. If you must venture out for vittles,  the Springhead (01305 832117)and The Spice Ship (01305 834651) are decent local options within walking distance of the site.      

Opening Times

It's only open for 4 weeks in the summer.

Location

Contact Northdown Farm, Eweleaze Farm, Osmington, Dorset DT3 6ED

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Getting There

By Car

From the West (Weymouth)
proceed through Preston and up the hill.
Soon after the sign the entrance to Northdown Farm will be seen on the left hand side.
 From the East (A35) take the B3390 and A353 to Osmington. Drive through the village and out the other side past the  sign.
Go down the hill for 800m, and the entrance to Northdown Farm will be seen on the right hand side.
By train - National Rail to Weymouth, from Bournemouth/Southampton/Waterloo, Bristol/Bath and other locations
By coach - National Express to Weymouth, from Bournemouth and other locations
X53 Jurassic Coastline bus which runs from Poole to Exeter. Get off at The Spice Ship, Preston (see On Foot directions below) £6.50/adult - £4.80/child, single for any distance on this service. This ticket also allows travel on the Bournemouth-Poole local bus for connections.

By local bus from WeymouthFirst Buses
4B Weymouth to Silver St, Sutton Poyntz, £1.60/adult - £1.10/child, single, walk from here
X53 Weymouth to The Spice Ship, Preston, £1.60/adult - £1.10/child, single, walk from here

By taxi from Weymouth - Bee Cars - 01305 775151 or 769900. £9.00 from Weymouth train station or bus terminal. 

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