Chapelfield Camping at Godshill

UK England South East England Hampshire Fordingbridge

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A popular, pop-up New Forest campsite with campfires permitted and a pub within walking distance

Down a narrow, tree-lined lane and opposite a former Methodist Chapel that inspired the meadow’s name, this pop-up campsite is a peaceful, no-frills affair. Open for just 28 days each summer and helmed by affable hosts Graham and his wife Tracy (incidentally, the pair are good friends with the site's much-loved original founder, Sarah), Chapelfield Camping is a true New Forest Camping scene; a patchwork of colourful tents and idle bicycles, speckled by families gathered round campfires. In the north west of the national park and within strolling distance of the local pub, it’s an ideal basecamp for New Forest adventures.

Tents reign at Chapelfield (save for the odd campervan that’s willing to do without electricity), so campers young and old are free to roam and play, unencumbered by bulky caravan rigs. There’s a choice of informal pitches, with large family spaces and separate spots for couples. The New Forest pastures make for easy peg bashing and the meadow offers mostly level terrain with plenty of spare space, while at really busy times a neighbouring field is opened up ensuring you’ll never feel too crowded at Chapelfield. A small pop-up shop also sells a handful of essentials you may have forgotten – pegs, matches, marshmallows for an evening feast. Otherwise, facilities remain on the basic side but are more than adequate and, moreover, immaculately clean and available 24 hours a day.

Follow the lead of the other campers and bring bikes on your camping holiday. You won’t regret it. The surrounding national park is a paradise for such non-motorised transportation and anyone with a bike, horse or just a pair of walking shoes will end up forgetting about the car altogether. It’s certainly no bad thing. It’s a five-minute walk to the pub, a little further to the riverside, and not too far to charming Fordingbridge. All in all, the relaxing vibe of Chapelfield suits the leisurely life you’re able to lead here.

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Facilities

No frills but more than adequate facilities. Hot showers (with dressing area, sink and mirror in each shower unit), portable-style toilets, washing-up sinks (with washing-up liquid and cloths provided), drinking water taps, mobile phone charging points and a freezer for ice packs. Campfires are permitted but must be raised off the grass in firepits. Pits are available to hire and logs and charcoal are sold on site. A tiny pop-up shop sells milk, bread and other camping essentials.

Suitable For

We welcome all campers whether you are travelling alone, a couple, a family or a small group and we are also able to accommodate camper vans and motorhomes although we do not have electrical hook-ups.   We also welcome well-behaved dogs Chapelfield. 

Nearby

The New Forest is a brilliant area to explore and enjoy no matter how you prefer to get around.  The nearby coast is also a fantastic place to visit as are the nearby towns and cities when the countryside is not enough!

Food & Drink

The Fighting Cocks (01425 652462) is a cracking little local pub about 5 minutes walk away that serves food and ales all day long. It's popular with walkers and riders, boasting lovely summer views of the heathland. Your hosts also recommend The Horse and Groom (01725 510739) at Woodgreen, The Foresters Arms (01425 652294) at Frogham and the The Royal Oak (01425 652244) at North Gorley – all within 3 miles of Chapelfield. There’s a popular riverside pub, The George (01425 652040) at Fordingbridge and the Farmyard Cafe at Hockey's Farm Shop (01425 652542) in Gorley is well worth a mention for their excellent breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea options. If you're really looking to push the boat out, The Three Lions (01425 652489) in Stuckton boasts modern British/French cuisine cooked by a former Michelin starred chef, plus a 150-bin wine list. Past diners include Madonna and Ted Heath.

Opening Times

Late July–end of August.

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The Owner Says

Chapelfield is a much-loved camping field set within the New Forest National Park in the village of Godshill near Fordingbridge.  We are open for four weeks from 31st July until the August Bank Holiday Monday.  We are a in very peaceful location but near to local amenities and and our aim is to provide you with good facilities and a great relaxing break.

Pitches

Around 80 pitches – about 30 or so are for adults only, the rest are regular family pitches. There are no electrical hook-ups.

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Location

Contact Chapelfield Camping at Godshill, Woodgreen Road, Godshill, Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 2LP

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Getting There

Directions from Cadnam (M27 Junction 1): Take the B3078 to Godshill, 10 miles. Pass the Fighting Cocks pub on the right and take the next right turn (sign posted Woodgreen). Chapelfield Camping is about 300 meters on the left.

Directions from Ringwood: Take the A338 from Ringwood and follow the signs to Fordingbridge, 5 miles (there are also brown road signs for Sandy Balls). At Fordingbridge take the B3078 to Godshill, 3 miles. Drive through the village and cross the cattle grid. Turn left just before the Fighting Cocks pub (there’s a small signpost for Woodgreen). Chapelfield Camping is about 300 metres on the left hand side.

The nearest train stations (Salisbury and Ashurst) are both around 12 miles away, so it's quite a trek. There are frequent bus services from Salisbury to Fordingbridge, though, and from Bournemouth too.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 15 reviews

★★★★★

Well thought out

On the one hand, this campsite is “just” a large field BUT G&T have done a fantastic job of creating a great space. A warm welcome on arrival. Pitches are clearly marked out and a very good size The facilities are excellent. Luxury showers, plenty of toilets and water points combined with a great onsite shop. The location is great. Just inside the new forest with plenty of walks and biking options. We did an 8 mile and a 21 mile ride from the campsite. A lovely wood reaches by a footpath provides lots of entertainment for the kids. Important for marshmallow sticks! A local pub within 5 minute walk. Surrounded by trees which provide some shelter. Camp fires and dogs allowed. No music allowed! So a quiet site which is great when camping with kids. There you go. Enjoy!
Aug 19, 2019 by james
★★★★★

Exceeded expectations

The site was great with simple but perfectly executive facilities. The portaloos were always clean as were the showers which were always hot. There was plenty of space between pitches and the owner was very friendly. We hired a fire pit and logs and there was even a pop up shop and pizza oven.
Aug 19, 2019 by Laura Standing
★★★★★

What a great site !

Perfect pitches and excellent facilities even had an on site curry van. (horse box ;-) There isnt a electicity hook up but who cares on such a lovely site I was testing some new solar panels anyway ! I just spent the one night in my VW camper but you could not want for any thing. The Fighting cocks pub is just a 5 minute walk away and on the largest tract of the New Forest starts at the end of the road.
Aug 19, 2019 by Mike Hirst
★★★★★

A great camping experience!

We had a fantastic 3 night stay here with friends. The pitches are huge so we had plenty of room for our big tent plus two cars. Our children had lots of room to safely run and play on the site. The shop was well stocked and offered free phone charging and ice pack freezing and the staff were extremely helpful and accommodating. We enjoyed trips to Fordingbridge, a local walk and a trip slightly further afield to Adventure Wonderland and Ringwood whilst staying here. I would highly recommend this campsite if you want a proper camping experience where you can have a camp fire in a fire pit (which we were able to hire). It was also very peaceful and so quiet at night! The toilets and showers were clean and well looked after. It was a great holiday!
Aug 10, 2019 by Emily Rayment

Response from Chapelfield Camping at Godshill

Thank you very much for your review from over in the far reaches of Chapelfield!  We're so pleased that you had a good time and really appreciate your comments .  G&T
★★★★★

A brilliant trip

We had a fantastic 3 night stay here with friends. The pitches are huge so we had plenty of room for our big tent plus two cars. Our children had lots of room to safely run and play on the site. The shop was well stocked and offered free phone charging and ice pack freezing and the staff were extremely helpful and accommodating. We enjoyed trips to Fordingbridge, a local walk and a trip slightly further afield to Adventure Wonderland and Ringwood whilst staying here. I would highly recommend this campsite if you want a proper camping experience where you can have a camp fire in a fire pit (which we were able to hire). It was also very peaceful and so quiet at night! The toilets and showers were clean and well looked after. It was a great holiday!
Aug 10, 2019 by Emily Rayment
★★★★★

Lovely campsite

Clean and plentiful facilities, well stocked shop selling everything you might need, friendly staff, great location as it’s close to Fordingbridge, walking distance to a pub and a sandy balls’ swimming pool. Flat pitches which are a really good size and a very well looked after field. I would definitely return
Aug 5, 2019 by Sarah

Response from Chapelfield Camping at Godshill

Thank you very much for posting this review - we're really grateful for the encouragement in our first season here at Chapelfield!  G&T
★★★★★

Perfect friendly relaxing family camping

We only stayed for a couple of nights but so enjoyed our experience - will definitely go again next year. The owners are very friendly and helpful - gave us good ideas of things to do and lovely less busy beaches to visit with the dogs. They have free phone charging in the pop up reception come shop - very helpful with a teen and up family. The shops sells anything you may have forgotten plus beautiful croissants for breakfast. We also really enjoyed the delicious fresh pizza available on Friday nights. Also the facilities are all you need, clean and simple. We had a fantastic time and enjoyed spending time at the campsite - chilling by the fire at night and roasting marshmallows, chatting with neighbours, playing frisbee and tennis ball cricket and just watching life go by, as well as the multitude of things to do nearby - like the water park, archery and the lovely Fordingbridge - really friendly and great fish and chips too. Could go on for ever - do go, you’ll have a wonderful old school New Forest camping holiday (including donkeys and ponies hanging out on the street corner by the pub).
Aug 4, 2019 by Edie

Response from Chapelfield Camping at Godshill

Thank you very much for such a lovely review - we're so glad you enjoyed Chapelfield!  G&T
★★★★☆

Lovely overnight stay at Chapelfield

Chapelfield was idealy suited for the short trip my daughter and I had planned to do some walking in the New Forest. The site had only been open for a couple of days and was in excellent shape, with clean loos, good showers, washing up facilities, a small shop - the facilities were all as advertised, including the visiting pizza van - though we made the short walk to the pub at the top of the lane which serves good food and drink. We were made to feel welcome and the team could not have been more helpful in making it a good stay. Will certainly keep this excellent little site in mind for future trips!
Aug 3, 2019 by Michael Staniforth

Response from Chapelfield Camping at Godshill

Thank you very much for your review.  We're really pleased you enjoyed yourselves and hope to see you again!  G&T
★★★★★

1st camping trip

This was our first ever camping trip. A group of mums with the kids.  We could not have felt more welcome. The owners went out of their way to be helpful; fixing a broken tent and jump starting our car to name a few incidents!

A clean site in a perfect location.

Aug 9, 2015 by Emma jones
★★★★★

Excellent

We stayed at this campsite at the end of May (bank holiday weekend). What a fantastic site, they had thought of everything and the little extras were a great touch. The pitches are massive and the campsite still had a place for the kids to play without bothering other campers. Toilets and showers were spotless all weekend, even when they were fully booked on the Saturday evening. Overall a fantastic campsite that we are happy to recommend. We will be back.

Jun 1, 2015 by Abby
★★★★★

Lovely Site

We spent the late May bank holiday here and booked the August bank holiday the day we got back, so there's a recommendation. Booking was easy and checking in was straightforward. The reception area also serves a little shop which was invaluable when we realised the tomato ketchup was running low. The bowls of free fruit and sweets were a nice touch.

The pitches are really big and allowed us to fit a campervan and awning, a two man tent and a car and still left room for us all to sit round the fire pit without feeling cramped.

There was enough space between the rows for the kids to play football and cricket. The site was fully booked on the Saturday night and had a nice busy feel without feeling cramped.

The toilets are the festival style portaloo which were kept spotless all weekend and include toilet paper and hand gel and a little battery light. The showers again are clean and do what they are designed for.

There's a pub within walking distance which is on the boundary of the New Forest if you fancy a walk or cycle.

Overall a lovely site which I'm sure we will keep visiting and excellent value.

May 26, 2015 by ifiwasaballoon
★★★★★

a lovely quiet family campsite

we have just returned from our first camping experience with our three children, aged 9m7 and 5. we chose to go to chapelfield for the bank holiday weekend as we wanted somewhere peaceful, without caravans and a party atmosphere. it was brilliant! sarah, who runs the campsite, and her friends who help out were so accommodating. nice big pitches. great and hot showers. well organised washing up spots with washing up liquid and brushes provided. the loos were spotless (and had plentiful loo roll). a few items are available to buy at their little shop. and freezer packs can easily be refrozen free of charge. we loved it and will be back!

Aug 27, 2014 by Rachel H
★★★★★

Lovely Campsite

We have just returned from a weekend of camping at Chapelfields and a fantastic time (4 adults / 4 children / 1 dog). A really well run site with hot showers and washing up water. The porta-loos are kept really clean and plenty of them. There is not a bad place to pitch, all are good.

Sarah the owner is really helpful and runs a little shop in the mornings for fresh croissant's and eggs etc.

Can't recommend highly enough, really great camping with roaming donkeys on your doorstep (not in your field!)

May 27, 2014 by Claire & Andy
★★★★★

Great location, peaceful site, very friendly!

We stayed here (2 adults, 2 children) for 3 nights and all loved it! The facilities are good, with porta-loos dotted about the site (do not be put off by porta-loos - they were spotlessly clean with battery lights for night). The showers were also very good, in a porta-block, but again spotless and powerful (more so if not many were using them, but still fine if busy) They had a washing up area, with washing up bowls, dish scrubbers, drainers and liquid supplied! Couldn't have asked for more. The owner (and the chap we met) were very friendly and the reception area has leaflets giving information about things to do in the local area. They also supplied sweets and fruit in bowls for the children (or adults!) to take when they visited!

The pitches are marked out and are plenty big enough. They also  had a 11.30pm quiet policy and a no music policy and it was fully adhered to every night (if not earlier!)  The owners gave us info about the site on arrival  and it states that they will ensure this happens and if you have any issues to go to reception.(there is a chap that seems to sleep in the caravan at reception each night) That was peace of mind, but not needed at all. The local area has a great pub with an outside play area for children 5 minutes walk away, as is the open forest. The ponies are hilarious and we often found many of them standing on the steps of the village hall or queuing at the pub gates, waiting to get in!. We had a great stay and would highly recommend! - Just one more point - we could not find a cheaper site than this in the many sites we looked at in the New Forest, so all around, win win! We'll be going back!

Aug 15, 2013 by sheri
★★★★★

Great campsite

We stayed at Chaplefield in our motorhome. It was fantastic, very child friendly. Fantastic location in the New Forest. Close to local pubs and Sandy Balls holiday centre which facilities you can use.

Facilities are nice and clean (plenty of hot water). Sarah the owner is lovely. Ice pops for kids and fresh fruit at check-in.

Brilliant for dogs, even a free doggy treat from the owners dogs.

Can't recommend highly enough. Good old fashioned camping.

Aug 11, 2013 by Emma,s dog walking.

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