The campsite is clearly marked off the main A35, and commands a stunning view over the rolling Dorset hills and the beautiful scenery in this part of the world. The wide, tarmac entrance leads to reception, which also serves as a small shop. Usefully, this is licensed and sells a good variety of produce and a basic range of essential caravan accessories. Takeaway food vans are available on site during the season.
There are 163 pitches on the sloping 16-acre terraced campsite, with many individual bays separated by mature box hedges. Plenty of hardstandings are available, with a mix of 10 and 16 amp electric hook-ups. There are several modern toilet blocks, which are spotlessly clean and bright, with two new disabled facilities. Also available for a small daily or weekly charge are three family bathrooms – again very modern, clean and bright. There is a beautiful heated indoor pool, which is available on a daily or weekly charge. The laundry and dishwashing areas were again of a very high standard.
There is a large games room, with coin-operated pool and table tennis, and an internet room for a modest additional fee. The sight of the large lake adjacent to the park quite took our breath away, and fishing is available here for a small fee (with National Rod licences being sold in reception). There is an all-weather tennis court, where games can be booked by the hour. For the family visits there are three well-furnished and comfortable holiday homes on the park, together with a disabled holiday home.
There are some static caravans at the foot of the park, which are reasonably well hidden. Telly addicts will be pleased to see that TV reception is good, while the O2 mobile phone network also gets a good signal. The site is just three miles from the sea at Charmouth, with Lyme Regis being a little further along the coast and part of the Jurassic Coast of Dorset, a World Heritage site. There are local displays of geology and marine life, and nearby Dinosaurland is a good place for the children to start fossil collecting. Nearby Seaton offers a tram ride through the beautiful Axe Valley, or can take you along the Esplanade to Colyton.
For the walker there is the coastal footpath to Beer, an old fishing harbour, and on to the fishing village of Branscombe. The Bovington Tank Museum offers a fun-day for the family, as it houses the world’s largest collection of armoured vehicles. There are outdoor demonstrations during the summer, when all the family can ride in huge armoured trucks and take part in mock battles.
Nearby in Dorchester are the Tutankhamen Exhibition, Terracotta Warriors and the Dinosaur Museum, while Abbotsbury is home to the famous Swannery. The beautiful beach of Lulworth Cove is the ideal place for the hot and sunny days. For those looking for more to see and do just pick up a free copy of Resort – a free leaflet of tourist attractions.
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