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With so much wilderness and water at your disposal, is there really an excuse for not spending a night or two at Ocknell?

Where can you go camping if you fancy spending half your time exploring an ancient swathe of wild heaths and woodland and the other half beach hopping across shining, sandy shores? Is there a campsite that embraces both natural nirvanas? It surely can’t exist, can it? But it does, here at Ocknell, situated in the heart of the majestic New Forest and only a short drive from the coastal towns of buzzing Bournemouth and peaceful Poole.

Although a sizeable campsite (280 pitches) which gets pretty busy in the peak of summer, the atmosphere here remains peaceful and calm thanks to its large pitches and thoughtful landscaping. What really matters here, though, is not how big the pitches are, nor the standard of facilities (you won't find showers), but what the world surrounding Ocknell can do to your mind, body and soul.

The walking and biking potential in and around the New Forest is endless... well, almost. You can explore heathland, ancient woodlands and grassy plains, with the National Park’s website contributing a wide range of knowledge, devised to help you explore those hidden corners of the forest.

Fritham Walk (just over four miles) is a popular walk, not least because of the proximity to the Royal Oak pub in Fritham village. If you look north over Islands Thorns and Amberwood Enclosure, film fans may recognise the landscape as Sherwood Forest from Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Whilst we realise Ocknell may not be for everyone – there will be those who won’t appreciate sharing a site with caravans, motorhomes and trailer tents – it’s that peaceful, calm atmosphere and practically perfect location which makes it such an alluring place to pitch. And with all that wilderness and water at your disposal, is there really an excuse for not spending a night or two at Ocknell? We think not.

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