Ashurst Campsite Camping in the Forest

UK England South East England Hampshire Lyndhurst

Staggeringly spacious camping in a top notch location

Ashurst might just be one of the most picturesque campsites in England. Set in an enchanting woodland glade, surrounded by ancient oak trees, open grasslands, and free-roaming Shetland ponies, Ashurst offers some serious camping eye-candy. The phrase "location, location, location" certainly rings true here as this well run, family-friendly site is the perfect base to explore the countless walks and traffic-free cycling the New Forest has to offer.

Situated on the eastern side of the New Forest, Ashurst is run by Camping in the Forest, who manage several sites in some of the UK’s finest forests. Life here is wonderfully simple; there’s a relaxed, ‘pitch where you like’ approach so visitors have the choice of camping in the secluded forest, by the bushes, on the open grassland, or somewhere in-between. Facilities here are of a good standard too (with the addition of a recently refurbished shower block), however these can get busy over bank holiday weekends.

The local area is a walker’s paradise. Lasting a few hours, Matley Walk (under 5 miles) begins east of Lyndurst (the unofficial capital of the New Forest), and gives walkers a great tour around this unique and unspoiled environment. Passing ancient woodlands, open heathland, bogs and pine enclosures, you’re likely to encounter many forms of wildlife, in particular ponies, squirrels, rabbits and deer.

In case you needed any more persuading, the fact there’s several excellent pubs and restaurants nearby tops things off nicely. But of course, it’s the back-to-basics, woodland camping that sets this palace apart. And with that enchanting scenery and easy access to the glorious New Forest, Ashurst is a true camping gem – and thankfully not as costly.

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Close to some good local pubs that do real ales and close to the train station if you wanted to be car free and cycle. A pleasant site on the edge of the forest. 

Sep 6, 2015 by Bobella


Ashurst is pleasant enough, the facilities are clean and plentiful, and the forest location is very nice. It's a large site so quite noisy in the evening, but the freely wandering ponies are pretty cool. 

Aug 6, 2015 by erzsebel

Great rustic site

Wooded site, quite near a main road and a railway line so not very quiet. Lots of woods for children to play, flat gravel tracks for riding bikes around. Some local off-road bike rides. Great toilet/shower block. Friendly staff. Happy Cheese and New Forest Inn are good pubs both within 5 minutes walk/cycle. The Co-op in Ashurst village has a bit of stuff that campers might have forgotten plus the basics for camp cooking/ disposable bbqs. Great site, we'll be back.

Apr 17, 2015 by smallwheelsteve

Ashurst Campsite

Not sure why this site is considered cool. It is perfectly satisfactory, but nothing out of the ordinary in my opinion.

I did not realise it was so close to a built up residential area, and is situated just off a busy main road, with a railway line at another side, so it is not the peaceful forest setting  I was expecting.There is no shop, and only 1 toilet block for the whole site.

Having said that, it is very spacious, and it's interesting to watch the ponies being around. The staff were friendly but they didn't make us aware of all the services on offer (such as mobile phone charging) which would have been useful.

There is a pub a few minutes walk away across the field, and the site is well located for bus and rail links.

Aug 16, 2014 by Ed Bates

Lovely location - and ponies !

A simple campsite - not for those wanting extensive facilities or on site "entertainment" etc - but a simply lovely, peaceful, forest location for a real close-to-nature camp, perfect for families and walkers, and there's entertainment enough watching the New Forest ponies wander around freely (be careful to keep your food safe !). A couple of nice pubs nearby was a bonus. The whole site is very well kept and tended. I hope to be back one day ....

Aug 7, 2014 by daydreamer

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