Aldridge Hill Campsite Camping in the Forest

UK England South East England Hampshire Brockenhurst

  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
As close to wild camping as you can get in the heart of the New Forest

If you’re looking for a back-to-basics, traditional camping experience then Aldridge Hill is for you. Set in a heathland clearing, bordered by Ober Water and the snaking Blackwater Stream (two of the New Forest’s prettiest waterways), Aldridge Hill provides campers with the unique opportunity to live in the midst of nature, whilst experiencing everything the New Forest has to offer; from its famous free-roaming ponies to the numerous wild heaths and otherworldly woodlands that makes this place so special.

Lets be clear from the start – if you’re a glamper, don't bother reading any further. Aldridge Hill has no toilets, no showers and no power (just drinking water taps & rubbish bins are provided), so this really is back-to-basics, which is of course one of the site's main draws. Another plus point is the sheer variety of pitches on offer. Campers can opt for the cosy, under the shade woodlands, or the wonderful heathland, home to some unforgettable sunsets. And with 170 undefined pitches, you're unlikely to be kept awake by your neighbours.

Directly from Aldridge Hill you can follow the Ober Water Trail (1.5 miles), which is a great way to explore the forest. Starting at Whitefield Moor car park, the walk passes through a variety of habitats, including heathland, bogs, grassland, a natural and formerly enclosed woodland and the stream itself. The paths are a variety of smooth gravelled surfaces and compacted grassy ground, with some gentle slopes and a plenty of resting places.

Back at Aldridge Hill, keep your eyes peeled for the site's resident feathered friends: redstarts, woodpeckers, nuthatches, tree creepers and the more 'common' garden birds can all be seen circling above, or nesting amongst the ancient oak trees. You may even see the sight of a tawny owl swooping from its perch to seize its prey (which it swallows whole!) With all this nature right in front of your tent, who needs David Attenborough?

Details

Facilities

170 undefined 8m x 5m spaces on which to put your tent, caravan or motorhome and space for one car. Please be aware that there are no toilets, showers or electricity at this campsite, therefore your own chemical toilet is essential. Drinking water taps and rubbish bins available.

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents and dogs - yes.

Nearby

Liberty’s Owl Raptor & Reptile Centre (01425 476487) can be found 11 miles from site. Visitors to the centre can enjoy daily flying displays, see a wide range of birds of prey and visit the reptile house with snakes, lizards and more. Paultons Family Theme Park (02380 814442) is only a 15 minute drive away and has over 60 family rides and attractions. The little ones will love Peppa Pig World (023 8081 4442), while another fun family day out can be found at Longdown Activity Farm (023 8029 2837). Visitors can bottle-feed the calves and goats, feed the ducks, meet the pigs and cuddle the baby rabbits. After meeting the animals, children can explore the farmyard buildings and enjoy plenty of indoor and outdoor play areas including trampolines, a ball pool and the straw bale barn. One of the area’s most popular attractions, Beaulieu (01590 612345), has over 250 vehicles from every motoring era and is a must-see for motoring enthusiasts. Top Gear fans will be thrilled at the ‘World of Top Gear’ exhibition where you can take a look around the cars from the challenges, get a rare behind-the-scenes view into the show’s production office, and enjoy clips of some of the best Top Gear moments.

Food & Drink

The village of Brockenhurst is a short walk from site, and offers a fantastic range of eateries, including: Blaireau’s Bistro (01590 623032), situated in the grounds of Careys Manor Hotel and Spa. Open to residents and non-residents daily for lunch and dinner, this is a great place for a special night out. Dynasty Indian Cuisine (01590 624088) is a short walk from the campsite, and offers authentic Indian food combined with great service. Or, after a busy day out in the forest, treat yourself to a bag of good quality fish and chips at Rainbow Fish Bar (01590 622747). Particularly recommended are the mushy pea fritters! The Foresters Arms (01590 623397) is a 5 minute drive away, and offers an extensive menu of drinks and home cooked food. The pub welcomes children and well-trained pets and has a fantastic beer garden in the summer.

Opening Times

Open briefly at the end of May and start of June. Then open again from late June–early September.

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Pitches

Some 170 pitches to choose from.

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Location

Contact Aldridge Hill Campsite, Aldridge Hill, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7QD

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Getting There

From Lyndhurst: take the A337 towards Brockenhurst. Turn right onto the B3055 (Grigg Lane) and carry straight on over the crossroads. Take the first right after the Esso garage into The Rise, and at the end of the road turn right into Rhinefield Road. Stay on this road for approximately one and a half miles, then turn right into the Forestry Commission Beachem Wood carpark. Follow the signs to Forest Holiday’s Aldridge Hill site. Please be aware that there are width limits on Meerut Road (the turning before the B3055) and also from the A35 into Rhinefield Ornamental Drive on the main Lyndhurst to Bournmouth Road.

Brockenhurst railway station (1.2 miles) is located on the South Western Main Line from London Waterloo to Weymouth. The station is primarily served by South West Trains, who operate fast trains from Waterloo to Weymouth. In addition, CrossCountry operate services from Bournemouth to Manchester.

Reviews

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Bad support, unclear policy

You can't come without your own toilet and they will not refund you if you missed that during booking. Also, replying takes 1 week. Hope their other services are better. Disappointed.
Jun 1, 2018 by Anton
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Donkeys at Dawn

Stayed at this site for the weekend commencing 25th July 2014. The site is open to all campers whether you have a tent, caravan or motorhome. There are drinking water taps and refuse bins but nothing else. The only proviso for staying here is a chemical toilet. I'd arrived in a MH so I was able to "check" the WC box. The requirement for a chemical loo would probably explain why there where very few tenters staying the week-end I was visiting. Most of the "pitches" where occupied by caravans and most appeared to have external generators. Whilst they can only operate between certain times it was odd to be surrounded by the beautiful forest listening to the hum and thrum of Honda's finest offerings. If they where not allowed then the site would certainly be worth 5 stars. You are allowed to pitch just about anywhere. For views and the sunset choose the heathland side whilst for more seclusion choose the opposite, woodland side.  The immediate surroundings are fairly level and perfect for walking and cycling. Compacted tracks meander through the trees and the Village of Brockenhurst is less than 2 miles away. If you didn't bring a bike don't worry - they can be hired in the village. The unofficial capital of the New Forest, Lyndhurst, isn't too far away and makes for a good destination to ride too with all but the last half mile or so on forest tracks. Whilst I remember - the ponies and donkeys can and do wander all over the site and are quite lovely to watch. I don't normally revisit places but I might make an exception for this site.  A note for those arriving by van or MH, the road to the camp is narrow but easily accessible; however, be careful if you are using your SatNav as it will try to take you through the centre of Brockenhurst which is subject to a 2 metre width restriction plus a river to ford. The sites' website has more specific directions. 

Aug 1, 2014 by Delboy

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