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Editor's Pick - The best campsites in Somerset and Dorset


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From the stunning scenery of the coast to beautiful far-reaching countryside, Dorset and Somerset have lots to offer. Explore these popular counties from a base on one of our favourite campsites...

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Introduction - Editor's picks for Dorset and Somerset campsites

Often overlooked by people heading further south into Devon and Cornwall, both Somerset and Dorset have plenty to offer for a short break or a week-long holiday.

Dorset has a variety of stunning landscapes, from the sweeping beaches and rugged cliffs of the Jurassic Coast to the rolling countryside and picturesque chocolate-box villages inland. For walkers there are awesome paths along fabulous sea cliffs to be followed with views that will take your breath away. You’ll also find seaside resorts of varying sizes and styles, from genteel Lyme Regis to more lively Weymouth. The New Forest is close enough to visit, too. Diverse is the word.

If variety is the spice of life, then Somerset is a bubbling vindaloo of a place. Rolling hills and sandy beaches are served up alongside a good helping of history and heritage, plus a dollop of family fun and a pinch of mysticism. It is known, among other things, for its swathes of peaks including the Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills and Blackdown Hills - as well as large areas of flat land such as the Somerset Levels. The jewels in Somerset’s crown include the Georgian splendour of Bath and the medieval intricacy of Wells. And Bristol is on the doorstep, too. On the coast, there’s loads of traditional seaside fun to be had.

  Monkton Wyld Caravan & Camping Park, Charmouth

Monkton Wyld Caravan & Camping Park

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Three miles from both Lyme Regis and Charmouth on the Jurassic Heritage Coast, Monkton Wyld can offer the best of beach and countryside. Why not combine both and walk through quiet meadows and woods and catch the bus back from the seaside? Monkton Wyld has been awarded the highest accolades for conservation work within and surrounding the park.

The campsite is known for its genuinely spacious pitches, all with 16A electric hook-up, plus a great children’s play area, dog walk, and separate paddock where you can let them off the lead, and dog wash.

The shower blocks are large and spacious with lashings of hot water. Electrics bikes are available for hire. Take a look at all the positive reviews on Tripadvisor and see what others have to say.

Find out more: Monkton Wyld Caravan & Camping Park  

  Harrow Wood Farm Caravan Park, Christchurch

Harrow Wood Farm Caravan Park

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Harrow Wood Farm Caravan Park is set in 80 acres of farmland on the edge of the New Forest just inside the New Forest National Park. It has 60 pitches with hardstanding and electric hook-up and some grass pitches for camping.

This small family campsite is in the village of Bransgore, from which you can explore the ancient and unspoilt New Forest and surrounding areas. The park is situated just five miles from Christchurch and two miles from the open forest.

There is an on-site coarse fishing lake for your relaxation and a one-mile circular farm walk to enjoy the animals and surroundings. You can explore pretty villages with country pubs, head to the famous Beaulieu Motor Museum or spend a day at the coast.

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  Bagwell Farm Touring Park, Weymouth

Bagwell Farm Touring Park

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Bagwell Farm Touring Park is set in a quiet valley yet within five miles of Weymouth's sandy beach and harbour. With just a short walk from the park to the South West Coast Path and Fleet Lagoon, it's an ideal base to explore Dorset's Jurassic coastline.

This award-winning campsite has super pitches with double-width hardstanding, 16A electric, water and drainage, plus a TV point. Bagwell Farm is open all year, with heated facilities including private bathrooms and a wet room, as well as a warm water dog wash.

There’s an on-site shop open daily, and The Red Barn bar and takeaway is open at weekends during mid-season and nightly during high season. There's a bus stop within half a mile, making it easy to tour the attractive coastline.

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  Cheddar Camping and Caravanning Club Site, Priddy

Cheddar Camping and Caravanning Club Site

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Set on the edge of the village of Priddy, the highest in the Mendips, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It's an ideal base for walking and cycling and the scenic backdrop of this campsite is breathtaking no matter the weather.

There are excellent shower and toilet facilities, including a family room, plus a laundry room and a licensed shop selling local produce. The surrounding area hosts a range of attractions including Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, Glastonbury and Longleat Safari Park.

If you fancy a trip into the city, Bath and Wells are within easy reach. You can walk to the village of Priddy where you'll find a pub serving traditional meals and the Priddy Good Farm Shop, selling locally produced meats and home-made pies.

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