Highlands End Holiday Park campsite review
This campsite is great for outdoor enthusiasts and people who enjoy walking and who appreciate stunning views. With endless coast and countryside on your doorstep, Dorset is yours for discovering.For a fan of the coast like me, Highlands End is in a perfect location. Commanding a cliff-top position with far-reaching views out to sea, it’s only a 500m coastal walk to Eype beach, with the sand and pebble beach at West Bay being half a mile away. To appreciate the beauty of this area of Dorset you only need watch the recent TV series, Broadchurch, starring David Tennant, as most of the coastal scenes were filmed in areas such as West Bay and Eype which surround Highlands End.
The holiday park is only 1½ miles from the bustling market town of Bridport and, with local bus services being easily accessible, getting around without needing to move the motorhome is easy. Bridport has over 1,000 listed buildings, one of them being the museum, and busy Wednesday and Saturday markets that have been running since 1253.
The pitching areas are set on the Jurassic Coast cliff-top, with pitch choices ranging from grass with 16A electric to gravel and hardstandings. The grass pitches are located closer to the edge of the site, overlooking the countryside with Lyme Bay below.
Facilities at Highlands End are extensive. The toilets and showers are modern and clean, and there’s a games room and two play areas to keep children happy. For family fun the site has a 9-hole pitch and putt course, tennis court, and leisure club. Here you will find an indoor heated pool, sauna and steam room, along with a fully equipped gym. Charges for use of these facilities are in addition to pitch fees.
If you enjoy a spot of fishing, Highlands End’s sister park Golden Cap has a large fishing lake with different types of freshwater fish, including carp and roach. The lake’s wooden dock is ideal for nature spotting while waiting for a nibble.
When it comes to food and drink, Highlands End has the Cowshed Café which affords beautiful views over Eype Downs.
Tea, coffee and light snacks are served and, at the entrance, you’ll find the handy Jurassic Coast computer which enables you to search for local attractions and plan your day.
For evening meals and drinks the bar and restaurant is a must. Unique in its design, the quirky bar’s walls are covered in fire engine memorabilia, while the 1936 Leyland Fire Engine and 1902 Merryweather Steam fire engine on display are likely to make an impression. The bar serves locally-brewed ales, and the restaurant has a wide range of food options. The beer garden is perfect for relaxing on those warm summer evenings and one of the park’s play areas is located here, along with the games room leading off from the main restaurant, so children can easily be supervised.
Highlands End also has camping pods for hire, along with lodges, bungalows and apartments, perfect if the whole family wants a break but not everyone has a motorhome.
Address: Eype, Dorset DT6 6AR
Open: 15 March - 3 November
Charges 2013: £15.90-£30.50 (two people, motorhome and hook-up).
Nearest pub/restaurant: On site.
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