Langton Matravers, Swanage, Dorset BH19 3HS
Hidden behind a discreet residential slip road in Langton Matravers, random tufts of wild flowers adorn the natural bumps and curves of Acton Field on the Purbeck Hills. The unspoilt – verging on wild – terrain comprises a wide, sloping, and grassy campsite, where you can see Swanage Bay glistening in yonder distance. Arrive early in peak season to claim the best-sheltered and flat spot you can find, as exposed parts can get very windy.
Booking is required from the last week in July to the end of August, and outside those dates campers need to be members of DEFRA-approved clubs such as the Camping and Caravanning Club. Don’t let this put you off though, the minimal effort it takes to join rewards with a beautifully rugged camping experience that not every man and his dog can overpopulate.
Essential day trips include the scenic cliff-top walk from the village to swim at the Dancing Ledge tidal rock pool and caves. In 40 minutes you can walk along Priests Way down to Swanage Bay for a fish-and-chip beach supper, or to the famous Square and Compass pub in Worth Matravers. Buy a pint of cider and a pasty through a hole in the wall before relaxing on the pub’s very own little slope…it could be a long stagger back.
The Owner Says
Chilled camping with stunning views
We went to Acton Field on a busy bank holiday weekend and had a fantastic stay. Not a flat field but lots of space to find your camping spot. It was quite windy while we were there, so we found a sheltered spot by the wall! The view from every pitch is just stunning. Facilities all in good condition and cleaned regularly. Owner was just fantastic and really laid back about us saving a space for our friends. A really chilled out camp-site. It's in a super location to take the stunning walk down to dancing ledge and take a swim in the small pool created in the rock ledge (really worth a visit). There is so much to do in the surrounding area that we went back for a second trip so that we could do all the things we didn't do first time round. We would highly recommend catching the steam train (we walked to Harmen's Cross) to Corfe Castle and then having a cream tea in the beautiful garden of the National Trust cafe. On the campsite there's also a van that comes round each morning with pastries and basic supplies.
Reliable, clean with fantastic views
We have stayed twice now, both times we were originally headed to Tom's field, which is practically next door - but it was full. So up the road we headed and found this gem. Tons of space and pitch where you like means that you can get away from others if that is your thing, even on really busy days we had plenty of space.The showers and loos are cleaned several times a day 20p for 3 min shower plenty of hot water - never had to q. Excellent for local beaches and nice and quiet in the evenings. Great value too.
Rugged lovely site
This is the sort of camp site that we love, fantastic views, lots to do, you find your own pitch, not crowded and basic but clean facilities. The price is ok too. My only complaint is that there were not many other children there for my kids to play with.