UK England South East England Hampshire Lyndhurst

  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Basic camping in the grounds of a Girlguiding owned Manor House, set in the beautiful New Forest

Owned by the Girlguiding since 1922, Foxlease, a white-walled Georgian manor on the edge of Lyndhurst town, has clearly reaped the benefits of the sixth law of Girlguiding: ‘to respect all living things and take care of the world around you’. Beyond the house, lawns merge gradually into great oak, ash and birch trees and wildlife sings its constant song, from birds nesting in the woods to the rustling of squirrels, darting from trees to undergrowth. It’s the same as it ever has been since the home was first built in this central New Forest setting. And it’s the ideal scene for a campsite.

Today, you needn’t be a fully signed up Guide to pitch your tent in Foxlease’s sweeping 65-acre grounds. The estate, with various different camping meadows, welcomes families from far and wide, too, opening up its tent-only campsite.

While the campsite is ensconced in the very heart of the national park, it only takes around 10 minutes to walk into the centre of Lyndhurst, the New Forest’s largest town and home to the main visitor centre. The town offers rainy-day cafés and hideouts, as well as bike shops, where you can pick up a set of wheels and head out in search of New Forest ponies. There’s a vast network of car-free trails in the national park and, with a picnic packed, a bike is often the wisest way to explore as a family. After all, any good Guide knows the second law is to use your time and ability wisely. Spending a while cycling in the outdoors should definitely be high on that list. And a few days camping at Foxlease? That’s certainly time well spent.



You will be allocated a specific pitch upon arrival and these will be clearly marked.

Other family ‘bubbles’ may be booked to camp on the same site during your stay. Each family ‘bubble’ will have an allocated area. We ask that you always respect the current government guidelines on social distancing whilst on your campsite.

Suitable For

Tents, couples, families, and well-behaved dogs – yes.
Caravans, motorhomes, campervans and large groups wanting to party – no.


It takes just 15 minutes to walk the ½-mile into the centre of Lyndhurst. It's the largest and most central of the New Forest's towns and, as a result, is the main base to get yourself equipped.
There's a visitor centre (023 8028 3444) – the place to go to gem up on bike routes if you haven't learnt enough at the campsite – and you can hire from AA Bike Hire (023 8028 3349) on the main road (bikes are also available for hire in Brockenhurst). The centre also has a good museum. Elsewhere, one of the best, and most accessible, picnic spots in the New Forest is at Balmerlawn, just north of Brockenhurst, where the bobbly heathland, studded with ancient oaks, shallow streams and grassy hillocks, is popular with gangs of grazing ponies. Various forestry tracks head off from here and all are ideal for a walk or cycle ride. Wandering from Brockenhurst to the little village of Bank is particularly pleasant

Food & Drink

A short walk away, you'll find The Crown Stirrup (023 8028 2339) pub. For everything else, head into Lyndhurst, where the Fox & Hounds pub (023 8028 2098) is particularly good, while The Greenwood Tree (023 8028 2463) and Tea Total (023 8028 4585) offer lighter bites with a cuppa.


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The Owner Says

Foxlease is a hidden gem in the heart of the New Forest, it is one of the four Training and Activity centres owned by Girlguiding. The Foxlease Estate was gifted to Girl Guiding in 1922 by Mrs Archbold Sanderson. Girlguiding is extremely grateful and lucky to have this wonderful centre, with continued support to the Girlguiding Charity we are able to share this centre.

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun.

There are many things to do in the New Forest, from exploring new place, spending the day at the beach, walking or cycling the plentiful tracks or relaxing the the village of Lyndhurst. Our site has direct access to the forest, and Lyndhurst is a 15 minute walk.

Our campsites are fully equipped with showers and toilets.  Each campsite offers beautiful views either into our woodlands or over green fields. Foxlease is completely secluded, so a proper camping experience is sure to happen. We do not accept Caravans, Motorhomes and Camper Vans.

We have lots of adventurous activities for you to take part in, from climbing to geocaching to kayaking and zip wire. More details will be provided 1 month before your booking.

If you are after camping fun but don't want to cook all the time, there are plenty of option in the surrounding area and in the Foxlease restaurant. There is a local pub within walking distance that offers cooked meals.

Social Distancing Measures

You will be allocated a specific pitch upon arrival and these will be clearly marked.

Other family ‘bubbles’ may be booked to camp on the same site during your stay. Each family ‘bubble’ will have an allocated area. We ask that you always respect the current government guidelines on social distancing whilst on your campsite.

Please do not enter other family spaces at any time. There is plenty of open space around the site that you can use for games and exploration within your bubble.


40 un-designated grass pitches.

Standard Shared Facility Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 30 Available
Bubble Camping Pitch - up to 6 people per pitch. Toilets and showers are on a shared basis. You will be allocated a pitch, approx. 8mx8m. No electric hook-ups.

Standard Private Facility Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 20 Available
Bubble Camping Pitch - up to 6 people per pitch. Each bubble will be allocated their own toilet throughout their stay. Showers will be on a shared basis. Camping pitches will spaced out more than a standard pitch. There will be a limited number of bubbles on a pitch. No electric hook-ups.

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Contact Foxlease, Clayhill, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7DE

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Getting There

From the M3/M27 take the M271 then the A35 to Lyndhurst. In Lyndhurst, take the A337 towards Brockenhurst. Foxlease is signposted on the right-hand side just beyond the one-way system.
Trains to Brockenhurst take approximately 1¾ hours from London Waterloo, or slightly less to Southampton Central. Take a taxi from there or get a bus. The Wilts and Dorset buses number 56 and 56A run to Lyndhurst, stopping opposite the entrance to Foxlease. These buses run 7 days with some evening services. National Express coaches also run from London Victoria to Lyndhurst.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 23 reviews


Relaxed, basic campsite - good value for money

Foxlease is great value for money. Other campsites in the area were charging for one night what we paid for three. The fields are large and spacious with good views. The grass has been left long so I'd recommend some wellies for the mornings. The facilities are basic but always very clean. We were camping right next to the road and traffic noise was quite noticeable so just don't pick this site if you're looking for complete quiet. All the other campers were friendly and considerate and we liked being able to choose where to pitch our tent so we didn't feel on top of each other as you can at other campsites. We didn't use any of the activity centre facilities but had the option of doing various activities that were running during our stay which would be good for families. I would definitely stay again but probably ask to be in one of the fields at the back of the site which don't seem to be near a main road.
Aug 31, 2021 by Heather Cox Verified Review

highly recommend.really enjoyed it.

me,the family and dog had a lovely few days enjoyed the zip wire.had lovely walks around the area.was peaceful and just nice to get away.the toilets and showers were nearby.will definately be returning.highly reccomend

Nice site but improvements wanted

1/3 of the site is very close to a busy road and there was traffic noise even after midnight. After having visited more than a dozen campsites in UK I can say cleanness of toilet & showers were below average. Not unclean but definitely below average. On top of that there were no kitchen facilities nor any freezing. On the plus side the pitches are enormous and it is very close to the city centre.
Aug 14, 2021 by erkan balkan Verified Review

A bit disappointing

It's a very good place for access to New Forest and it's got very good activities for older kids (ours are 2 and 5 so didn't get to take part, but there's plenty to do even for younger children in the surroundings). The staff was very helpful and friendly both on site and on the phone. We've, though, been unlucky enough to have been placed closer to the road, which is pretty noisy, even at night. Facilities could do with an upgrade, they are (at lest where we've been allocated) towards the lower end of cleanliness and features compared to other places we've camped in.
Jul 29, 2021 by Marius Onofrei

Good break, but untidy site

The weather made the days we were there otherwise you had to put up with traffic noise, trains I think and the gate house having a party till early hours. The pitches were suppose to have been marked out, but wasn't and if they had you would not have noticed as the entire field was so overgrown, wet and full of a weed that must have had 2.5cm thick stems, not ideal for a camping site.

Response from Foxlease

Hello, Thank you for taking time to leave feedback. We are sorry to hear you did not have the best experience at Foxlease. We hope if you come back you will have a better experience. Many Thanks, The Foxlease Team

Great place for access to forest and basic camping

This site has just what you need for a short break, especially with a dog. Loads of open space, other campers very chilled and helpful staff (tip for route through nature reserve into Lyndhurst was a winner - thank you!). Only negative would be the road noise for pitches in first field.
Jul 20, 2021 by beck brookes Verified Review

Response from Foxlease

Hello Rebecca, we are glad you had a good time camping at Foxlease. Many Thanks, The Foxlease Team

Great stay - old fashioned basic camping

So this site is about half the price of others in the area with no restrictive rules about pup tents which was the main reason we chose it but glad we did. Very spacious and relaxed site. You can choose where you pitch around your designated toilet block so the groups were well spaced out but never far from facilities. Other campers all well behaved and very easy access to Lyndhurst and the forest. As far as we could tell: no electric sockets, no place to freeze ice packs, no washing up sinks, no caravans, no lights in the toilets - but you do have toilets and showers and water and if this basic style of camping is what you're after, or you're just on a short trip, its great. Unfortunately we had no hot water in our block on our stay but we just braved the cold showers for the health benefits and didn't bother to mention it. I'm sure this is not usual as there is obviously a boiler. The only other down side is the constant road noise on the shared field but other campsites in the area also seem close to road. Would definitely be happy to return to this site again. Idyllic little spot - Thanks for a lovely stay

Response from Foxlease

Hello Rebecca, we are glad you had a good time camping. We hope to see you at Foxlease again in the future. Many Thanks, The Foxlease Team

Highly recommend

A well maintained campsite in an ideal location. A short walk from Lyndhurst centre - short enough that my fish and chips were still warm by the time I got back to the campsite! With gates (locked to stop just anyone getting in) directly in to the forest at a few points. Staff were helpful and friendly. Toilet and shower blocks are basic but cleaned daily. Toilet roll and anti bacterial hand soap was provided and the water was wonderfully hot. When I say the blocks are basic, they have flush toilets and running water so not really that basic! But some blocks don't have lights so you may want to take a torch/head lamp and there isn't any heating which personally I don't think is an issue. Prices are amazing! This was my second stay at Foxlease and I will be going again!
Jun 20, 2021 by Bonnie Wells Verified Review

Response from Foxlease

Hello Bonnie, we are glad you had such a great time camping for a second time at Foxlease. We hope to see you at Foxlease again in the future. Many Thanks, The Foxlease Team

Great campsite

Excellent place to stay. Greeted by very friendly and welcoming member of staff, plenty of space in a well laid out estate used for Girl Guides outdoor events. Some might find the utility blocks a little too rustic, but they were fine, showers were good and hot, were cleaned daily. 5 min cycle to Lyndhurst, nice old pub just 5 mins walk and direct gates into the forest. Spot on. Highly recommended.
Jun 15, 2021 by Mark Coombes Verified Review

Response from Foxlease

Hello Mark, we are glad you had such a great time camping. We hope to see you at Foxlease again in the future. Many Thanks, The Foxlease Team

Great, peaceful location.

We loved our trip to Foxlease and would definitely return! The site is gorgeous and very peaceful, with no noisy groups! You can literally walk into the forest from the campsite snd see the wild horses, and the twin is only a10/15 min walk away with a lovely pub only a 2 min walk away from the campsite. The toilets were good and we had one assigned to us which was great. However, the showers are advertised as being cleaned regularly and I’m not sure how true this is. I don’t mind basic, but we found two dead cockroaches in one of the showers and three days later they were still there, so that shower obviously wasn’t being cleaned. I feel like an actual ceiling might be a good idea as well as insects just fall from the rafters while you are showering! It didn’t ruin our stay but I do think it’s something to think about

Response from Foxlease

Hello Rachel, we are glad you had such a great time camping. We have noted your comments about the cleaning and improvements to the shower and will look into your suggestion. We hope to see you at Foxlease again in the future. Many Thanks, The Foxlease Team

Camping with activities and great location

I was unsure what to expect from Foxlease as many reviews on Google are from scout/guide group leaders. Let me assure you that this place is fab. All the staff (there seem to be plenty of them) are friendly, attentive and helpful. They all seem to genuinely care about ensuring your stay is a great one! I love that it's just for tents with no electric hookup so that in itself creates a nice vibe. Assigned facilities (private toilet and shared showers) are good and cleaned regularly. About 3-4 toilets are in each wooden hut, so there's no long walk in the mornings! Plenty of space so always felt safe re: Covid. I was in a small field with only 2 other tents so it was really quiet in the evenings and mornings. It's PERFECT if you or your kids want to take advantage of the on-site activities (small additional fee) like archery, kayaks, zip line. The location is perfect if you want to head into Lyndhurst (15min walk), local pub (8min walk), Beaulieu for an event (20min drive) or just explore the trails of the New Forest. There was a pizza van on Friday (£9 cash only) and they also put on a BBQ on Saturday which was a trial run for them. Hopefully this will continue as it's nice to have the option of pre-cooked grub after a busy day. I would like to see clearer recycling bins so I can separate rubbish accordingly, but that's literally the only room for improvement. I've stayed at many other campsites in the area (some of those large ones nearby are over priced and busy) and this stands out for me as the best. I look forward to returning. Keep up the great work team!

Response from Foxlease

Hello Paul, we are glad you had such a great time camping. We will look into making the recycling area clearer. We hope to see you at Foxlease again in the future. Many Thanks, The Foxlease Team

Secure, peaceful and overall terrific hospitality!

My friends and I stayed for a few nights, last year, and we want to come back! Very generous space for pitches, the staff are lovely, and the private bathrooms allocated for each pitch are also very considerate of the Corona Virus regulations.

Response from Foxlease

Hello Dexter, We are glad to hear that you had a lovely time camping at Foxlease. We hope to see you back in the future. Many Thanks, The Foxlease Team

Basic but brilliant

The campsite was completely empty except for our party which was great. We stayed on Bridges field next to the ponies and goats which the kids loved. The private toilets were good and the showers hot. The staff organised an alterfire and we collected firewood from the around the site. The site is perfectly situated near Lyndhurst and we had a great time cycling and exploring. The site is basic and quiet, no bells or whistles so if this is your kind of camping then Foxlease is perfect for you.
Apr 28, 2021 by Gemma Burr Verified Review

Response from Foxlease

Hello Gemma, We are glad to hear that you had a lovely time camping at Foxlease. We hope to see you back in the future. Many Thanks, The Foxlease Team

Don't let previous mixed reviews put you off!

We've just returned from 3 nights at Foxlease and can't rate it highly enough! If you're just after a no frills base to explore the New Forest then it's perfect. You're own allocated toilet and sink, 2 hot showers shared between 4 plots but as we were alone that was basically just ours too. All super clean and safe. Yes they're in sheds but does that really matter? Well stocked shop with extremely friendly and helpful staff. We saw 2 other tents the whole weekend on this enormous site. All for £36. Foxlease, we will definitely be back!
Sep 22, 2020 by Adam Straw Verified Review

Wonderful stay, highly recommend!

We had a wonderful stay here. Beautiful spot, convenient access to Lyndhurst. Enjoyed lovely hot shower in the wash block, and our own toilet (like having an en-suite) by our tent. Friendly and helpful staff. We were able to charge our phones at the shop. Last but not least, excellent value for money and easy access to the entire New Forest! We would definitely stay here again.

Beautiful site, perfect location

Foxlease is a beautiful site, split into several different fields. We have stayed twice over the summer and had plenty of space each time. The facilities are allocated per pitch so we had our own toilet and a shower shared with 3 other families. The toilets and showers are basic but always an ample supply of hot water. All the staff and volunteers are lovely and the shop on site sells basics (and portable chargers full of power!). I have paid a lot more to stay at other sites in the forest for far less space and queues for toilets and showers. I would highly recommend Foxlease.
Sep 22, 2020 by Verity Cuff Verified Review

Not quite ready for young children

We booked here but ended up not staying. There were young children in our group and, although the facilities may be adequate for brownie and guide camps, the shower and toilet cubicles in sheds are not suitable for families. It may be worth the owners having a look at what other family campsites offer in this area, as I gather the site is new to family camping. They also need to bear in mind that family tents are much bigger than Guide tents when allocating space. If a swimming pool is advertised, it should be clear what this is and, that you can actually book this. They did not have adequately qualified staff to offer this which we did not find out until after booking. That said, the staff were amazingly helpful and understanding throughout the booking process and as soon as we raised concerns. They are a credit to the facility. A bit of an upgrade and this could be really good.
Sep 4, 2018 by Mumof2

Basic but peaceful

Short walk into lovely town. Nice quiet grounds and great access to new forest. Showers and toilets very basic and no onsite shop/washing up facilities. Worked fine for what we needed. We didn’t book any activities and pool not open so can’t comment on that aspect.
Sep 1, 2018 by Katie

Not at all like the pictures

I am somewhat confused by other reviewers here. We were a large group and booked into the Bridges field. Upon booking, this was the only option and I assume the only field available to the public. It is a tiny field with some sheds scattered around the edge with one shower/toilet block. No real view. Goodness knows how you could get 40 tents on this field. This is the 5th campsite I have stayed in this summer and it certainly was not what I was expecting, given the 2 lovely photos on the coolcamping website. There was no way I was going to spend a weekend in that field and asked to be moved. To their credit, they immediately moved us to where the guides stay and it was a dramatic improvement, albeit right next to a very noisy road which was not conducive to a good sleep. We had a private shelter with our own toilets and showers which was good and made a real difference.They checked on us the next day to make sure we were happy with everything and we were. It's a shame because the photos look idyllic but if you are staying in the Bridges field you will be hugely disappointed. There is not even a standpipe and this site lacks some basic amenities. I give Bridges 1 star, but the overall site 3 stars. £10 per child for a night is also too expensive for what you get. If this is the only field available, which it seems according to the website, then coolcamping needs to remove these photos and show pictures of Bridges campsite, as this is false advertising. Unfortunately, despite the lovely, helpful employees, I would not stay here again, but would look at other campsites near this truly beautiful location.
Aug 13, 2018 by stevo3130

Spacious and safe

We loved the space and it felt a very safe place for the kids to wander. Campers were spread out meaning we didn’t feel too close to anyone else and not restricting the size of tent is a big bonus. The facilities were good and the kids enjoyed the activities we booked. The location is fantastic, a short walk into bothLyndhurst and the forest. The big downside, and for us it is quite a big one is no washing up facilities. Having to try and fill a small collapsible washing up bowl from a shower is not great and the water was not warm enough to properly clean greasy fry up fans. If they sort that then it would be 5 stars and we would definitely go back. As it is 4 stars, a good holiday but we won’t return.
Aug 11, 2018 by Andy

Urban forest experience

We loved the spacious site which felt safe for the kids to roam. The kids liked the games (chess etc), basketball court and playground. We also pre booked some activities which we thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately the swimming pool opened for one hour on one occasion in 5 days which was a real shame, as it is a good facility particularly in the heat wave. The provision of picnic tables and wooden sheds with table and chairs for campers is a real bonus. Town is 10 minwalk with a co-op and lots of eateries, shops etc. There were fridge/freezers on the site for campers.
Jul 26, 2018 by Rjnthon

Expansive grounds with access directly to forest

On the upside - A great location, good for kids with bikes, safe, friendly and spacious with access to fishing and fire friendly. It's also easy to walk into Lyndhurst. On the downside the bridges campsite has no washing up area so had to fill a washing up bowl from the shower as the taps on the toilet sinks were impossibly angled. The activities and on site shop seem a bit hit and miss for individual families, it seems to work better for the larger groups they get.
Jun 18, 2018 by IanS

Amazing couple of weekends

Just returned from our second weekend camping here. Truly beautiful grounds, in a beautiful area of the country. We wanted somewhere that made us feel like we were in the middle of nowhere with a possible escape to civilisation if the weather turned bad. The walking, cycling and local amenities are all within grasp yet, with a clear sky you can see the night sky as though you were in the middle of a desert. The showers and the toilets are functional. Though it would be nice to have a larger sink or hot water output for doing the washing up with. Already planning our next stay.
May 8, 2018 by BenS

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