Snelling Farm Campsite

UK England South West England Dorset Bere Regis

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
An amazingly green, natural feel and care-free atmosphere near the Dorset coast
The Snelling Farm owners describes the campsite as ‘off the beaten track’ but not just because it’s so secluded – follow your SatNav and you end up with your engine bubbling in the River Frome, you have been warned! No, ‘off the beaten track’ is meant in a far more metaphorical sense. The delights of Dorset’s stony beaches and charming thatched villages, are actually relatively accessible and close at hand, but it’s the atmosphere that provides the real middle-of-nowhere feel they’re referring to. Hidden, tranquil and seemingly immersed in all things green and natural, Snelling Farm is a truly tucked away camping space. Road, track, lane, footpath... however you chose to find it, once you do you'll be glad you made the effort!

Enclosed by flanks of mature oaks, Snelling Farm Campsite is a vast 23-acre field, crowned in its centre with another small cluster of trees. Beyond these essentials of grass, trees and ample open space, the campsite really boasts very little. There is a shower block, with surprisingly brilliant showers ­– pumping out toasty hot water – and a few fresh water taps dotted around. Yet other than these (and the eco toilets) there’s little to sing and dance about – no electrical hook ups, no playground and certainly no onsite shop. The resulting vibe is not one of neglect but rather a sense of sheer space and freedom. Campers can pitch where they like, kids can run wild and picture perfect wisps of white smoke drift softly into the air, a sign that campfires are a care-free fact of life here.

At certain times of year the site is shared with various critters. Roe Deer are regular (if rather elusive) visitors, grey squirrels to and fro from tree to tree and sheep from the farm’s 250-strong herd graze the field and river edges. Follow their lead down to the water's edge and the wide, lazy waters of the Frome are as appealing to those on two legs as four. Kids will love dabbling in the shingley silt of the riverbed down by the ford (a 10 minute walk) and the sense of nature and tranquillity the spot affords is perfect for a care-free afternoon picnic.

Offsite the picturesque little town of Moreton has a tea rooms and a historic church where T.E Lawrence (of Arabia fame) was laid to rest. His name has consequently been put to the Lawrence of Arabia Trail that runs past the campsite and through the countryside – an excellent family route for both walking and cycling. It’s also possible to reach his house Clouds Hill in Bovington, which is now maintained by the National Trust. What with these, the local Tank Museum, an intriguing Ape Rescue Centre and the joys of the Jurrasic Coast just a half hours drive away, Snelling Farm Campsite certainly has a world to discover on it’s doorstep. What a shame it is only open for a few fleeting weekends each summer – we could happily stay for a whole year!

Details

Facilities

Warm showers and eco-friendly solar showers, eco-friendly loos (bring you own loo roll), drinking water taps, washing up sinks and space – lots of space! Campfires permitted in raised fire pits (available to borrow on a first come first served basis) with wood available to purchase.

Suitable For

Tents, small campervans dogs (on leads and under control at all times),  family groups (by prior arrangement) – yes.  Caravans, motorhomes, ravers, large non family groups – no.

Nearby

Snelling Farm sits beside the Lawrence of Arabia Trail, offering over 6 miles of cycling and walking through Moreton and Bovington Forest and suitable for families and children. Keen cyclists and walkers can head into neighbouring Affpuddle Forest for a longer excursion. Moreton Ford is a 10 minute walk away – unique for its width and shallowness, the ford is perfect for a picnic by the shore, while paddling and swimming. The Bovington Tank Museum (3 miles; 01929 405096) and Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre (5 miles; 01929 462537) are great family spots nearby, while the Jurassic Coast, including Durdle Door, Swanage and Lulworth Cove is around half an hour (10 miles) away.

Food & Drink

It's a 10 minute walk to The Dovecot Cafe (Open Mon–Sun; 10am–5pm; 01929 463647), highly recommended. They do lunches and light bites, plus traditional cream teas that are the real winner. Pub-wise the nearest are The Martyrs Inn (01305 848249) in Tolpuddle, and the excellent Countryman (01305 852666) in East Knighton. For basic supplies there is also Briantspuddle Community Village Shop (open all week 10am–12pm) and a Co-Op Local Store 3 miles away in Crossways.

Opening Times

Spring Bank Holiday (25th–30th May).

Tankfest (open to all; 28th June - 2nd July).

School summer holiday weekends (20th July–29th August).

Family Friendly

The owners are a laid-back bunch, and while they can't guarantee no noise from fellow campers (ie. chatting and laughing round a campfire), they do insist there is no music on site. This is not a place for party types!

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The Owner Says

We invite you to stay at our farm in the heart of Dorset on the edge of the River Frome. Snelling Farm offers a stunning location for camping which is perfect for families, friends and couples alike.

The farm is off the beaten track and campers can enjoy the freedom of choosing their own pitch, sitting around a campfire and toasting marshmallows whilst looking for shooting stars in the beautiful night sky. Get back to basics with a little bit of eco-friendly luxury; toasty warm showers, washing up sinks and eco-friendly loos on site. Surrounded by miles of forest walking and cycling the campsite is also in easy driving distance of local attractions such as The Tank Museum, Monkey World and the world famous beaches of the Jurrasic Coast including Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are only 20 minutes away.

Snelling Farm is over a mile from the nearest road, down a long farm track, in an unspoiled location where you feel connected to the countryside and nature around you. It is for this reason that we wanted to set up a campsite to enable campers to go back to basics and enjoy the magnificent ancient oak trees and the abundance of wildlife that visits the farm. We cannot guarantee no noise from a snuffling hedgehog, a singing bird or a few campers having a laugh round a campfire but we do have a no music rule and a noise curfew of 10.30pm (week nights) and 11.30pm (weekends) as we want all our campers to enjoy to their stay.

The freedom of choosing your own pitch in a large field grant all campers the opportunity for maximum social distancing.

Social Distancing Measures

Online payment for your stay and logs is please preferable.
Logs will be delivered to your tent. Contactless payment will be available for extra log purchases.
There will be social distancing markers in place for all loo, shower and sink facilities.
Staff will endeavor to keep a 2m distance, please respect this.
Chemical loo disposal point available if you wish to bring your own camping toilet.

Pitches

Around 50 undesignated grass pitches.

Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 10 45 Available
Pick your own pitch in the gorgeous oak-lined field, with unlimited pitch size – and plenty of room for social distancing

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Location

Contact Snelling Farm Campsite, Snelling Farm, Clouds Hill, Wareham, Dorset

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Getting There

The campsite is located in the middle of no-where, with no recognisable postcode, so directions are important. Do not follow your Sat Nav anywhere near Moreton, this will attempt to take you through a deep river. Mobile phone signal is hit and miss so print off these directions and map and you will be sure to find us.

Directions: Head to Bere Regis, Dorset and then for Wool, Monkey World, Tank Museum and Bovington Camp. Continue, following the road around to the left past the Royal Oak pub. After 2.5 miles, turn right for Bovington, Tincleton and Tank Museum. Continue for just over a mile, drive past the left hand turn for Clouds Hill/Bovington Tank Museum. You are taking the next left in 100 yards so start to slow down. Take the left hand turn down the forest track and continue down the track for approx 1 mile. Take the only turning left (footpath signposted Bovington), which takes you between 2 fields. On the bend continue straight through the farm gate.

The nearest train station is in Moreton, Dorset (3 miles; 0845 7484950). It's on the main Weymouth  - London Waterloo line.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 24 reviews

★★★★☆

Great location, adequate facilities, nice open space, relaxed campsite

Our first ever UK camping weekend, and a great experience. Functional (and non-smelly) compostable loos, and hot showers - what more do you need?. Being the last weekend of the season there was plenty of space and no queues for any of the facilities, but I would wonder if at the height of summer there would be a sufficient number to avoid long queues, but I am not sure what the maximum capacity of the site is. Staff very helpful and relaxed. Overall a great first experience for us, and would happily go again and also recommend it to any other newbies thinking of heading off camping.
★★★★★

Beautiful, relaxed campsite

Once I made it to the campsite, (my lack of sense of direction, the problem here.) I was amazed by the beautiful setting, the campsite is huge, with lots of open space. No problem social distancing. I was a bit worried by the echo loos, but they were very clean and well looked after. A lot nicer than some other campsite loos, I have been too. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I had the most relaxing time, going for lots of walks in the woods or down to the quaint village of Moreton. I can not wait until I have another trip to this site.
★★★★★

Lovely laid back campsite

Our first time at Snelling Farm Campsite and it won’t be our last. Love the chilled laid back vibe and owners very friendly. Lovely fields and facilities were great. Our 4 year old loved the swings.
★★★★★

Fantastic campsite for all ages

This was our first time at Snelling Farm Campsite and it did not disappoint. The campsite is perfectly located, surrounded by beautiful farmland and there are plenty of walks, hikes and beaches close by. We were a mixed group of adults and children with tents and campervans, and pitching up was very easy as you can choose your spot on arrival. The owners were very friendly and welcoming, would highly recommend!!
Sep 2, 2020 by Sinead
★★★★★

Lovely, quiet and lots of space

This was our first time at the site and it just what we needed. Choose your own pitch and have the space you need. The children can run wild and the parents can relax. Highly recommended if you need to chill. The owners are laidback and very friendly. Looking forward to coming back!
★★★★★

Great family get away

We had such a great time on the campsite. Kids were safe and free to roam around. They enjoyed the ice cream truck that comes in the evening too. Basic amenities but they were clean and well looked after. All staff were friendly and checked in on us daily. Beautiful setting and surroundings. Thank you for a great stay
Aug 31, 2020 by Sarah Angelina
★★★★★

Really great campsite

Huge area, nicely distanced, with everything you need to make a perfect camping experience. Very stripped back, but quiet, picturesque and lots of sheep in the nearby field to keep you company.
Aug 25, 2020 by Glen Keller Verified Review
★★★★★

When can we come back?!

Second year of camping at Snelling farm and we love it there so much, so relaxing, the kids are safe and free, so much space and a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of busy life. Facilities clean, they do the job, staff friendly and helpful.
Aug 23, 2020 by Elaine Perks Verified Review
★★★★☆

Spacious and friendly, but basic, campsite.

Lovely big open field with plenty of space for pitches. Excellent hot showers but the eco toilets are less pleasant. Friendly owners who come to see you once you’re pitched (no reception as such) with firewood.
Aug 19, 2020 by Iain Black Verified Review
★★★★★

A great back to basics campsite with a friendly feel

This was a great place to get away from it all and get back-to-basics. Near seaside attractions such as Portland and Lulworth Cove, and with a River only minutes away, this was a wonderful base for a green, rural break with the best that Dorset can offer.
Aug 16, 2020 by atira Verified Review
★★★★★

A peaceful oasis, where memories are made

A true gem of a site. No pitches, no electric, no wifi..... Bliss. Everything we look for in a site. Plenty of space for the children to run around, fire pits, friendly hosts and Moreton Ford a short walk away. We love camping here.
Aug 11, 2020 by Lerryn Gray Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely secluded site with a great atmosphere

We found everything just as described- a very secluded site in a beautiful area of countryside, plenty of space and simple but clean and sufficient facilities. We loved the peace and quiet on site, and the fact that the central location meant most places we wanted to visit were within an easy drive. Also very much enjoyed the 10 minute walk down leafy lanes and over the ford to a very fine tearoom and garden!
Aug 11, 2020 by The Mettricks
★★★★★

The most spacious campsite I have ever experienced

Following the re-opening of campsites we decided travelling to Europe was not for us this year so we returned to Snelling Farm campsite and took along some friends to share the experience (socially distancing of course!). We were not disappointed. Plenty of space to choose your perfect pitch, clean warm showers and eco-friendly loos regularly attended by the sawdust fairy! Dogs are welcome as well even with the resident sheep. We were visited every evening by Cristabel or Jo (and Roy the sheep dog) offering wood and advice on the local area. There are lots beautiful walks and the stunning Jurassic coastline is on the doorstep for exploring. We avoided the over crowded tourist spots such as Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove however still found some beautiful secluded beaches. We all had an amazing break at Snelling Farm and are already planning our next visit.
Aug 9, 2020 by Tara Woodhams
★★★★★

Tranquil

Just a stunning place to camp and not overbooked at all so plenty of space. Beautiful, peaceful location. Owners fantastic and check in regularly. It's a slight shame that some campers don't bother to take notice of the no noise signs after 10 in the family field but the owners will come and talk to those breaking the rules if needed which made a difference. Eco loos are eco loos - not much to say really. Not the most pleasant experience in any circumstance, but very clean - not a problem at all. Showers busier in the morning and so not hot then but if you just wait until the afternoon /early evening they are lovely and hot when less busy. It's a lovely walk down to the river and ford. On hot days the ford can be busy but if you leave it until 5-6pm you will pretty much have it to yourself. The deeper river at the other bridge is lovely to swim gently through. We will definitely be back!
★★★★★

Wonderfully peaceful

what a lovely campsite! My family and I had the most relaxing time at snelling farm. Plenty of space, toilets and showers were lovely and on site fire pit was an added bonus. The farm is ideally situated for exploring the coast. Thank you for a wonderful stay, we will definitely be back :)
★★★★☆

Great stay

A great campsite with so much space. Your not on top of your neighbours at all. Lovely staff came to check on you each evening. It was nice to be able to have the camp fire of a night time. There was only one shower block with 3 showers but with there not being too many campers that was fine as we only had to queue for a very short time. Showers were warm and very clean. Toilets took some time to get used to but were also clean. Only downside was there was no hot running water to wash up in but we could sort this easily by boiling our own water. We took kayaks and went on at wareham quay and took a drive and walk over to Harry's rocks. Would return and recommend for couples visiting with friends or kids and groups.
★★★★★

Brilliant, back-to-basics family camping with loads of space.

We've just returned from a week at Snelling Farm and it was brilliant. Loads of space, great eco-friendly facilities and very friendly staff. The field was beautiful and there was plenty of space for the children to run around and let off steam. It was also a great location for seeing the area and lots to explore in the immediate vicinity. We'll definitely be back again next year. Thanks for a brilliant week!
★★★★★

Acres of space to pitch, relax and roam free

Have just spent 7 nights at Snelling farm campsite and we're really glad we chose it. If you value lots of space to pitch and ample room between your neighbours then you'll be happy here. The composting loos are also spacious, which is particularly good when you're with small children. All of the facilities are clean and well maintained and there are enough of them. It's in a great location for exploring the local area and there is a short walk to Moreton ford and the Dovecote cafe just beyond which our nearly 4 year old could cope with and nearly 2 year old in the baby carrier. The hay bales in the field are a great meeting point for children to have fun, very simple but thoroughly enjoyed. Christabel was very welcoming and friendly. We'd love to come back again and explore the Isle of Purbeck some more.
★★★★★

Relaxing stay

Lovely campsite; clean, spacious and friendly. Excellent COVID measures in place. Very much hope to visit again :)
★★★★★

So relaxed and natural

A wonderful site, so relaxed and beautiful naturally. Space to play rounders/football. Rope swings and hay bales inspire lovely games made up by the children. Beautifully unspoilt and the river nearby is lovely to paddle in. Toilets and showers great.
★★★★★

What camping is all about

Snelling is a fantastic campsite that has a huge amount of land, but limits pitches to allow each pitch plenty of room. I have to be honest I did think on arrival that the amount of toilets / showers seemed less than required, but I never once has to queue for either. The added benefit of an allowed camp fire was great for the chilly evenings and gave another real camping type feeling. The owners very much leave you alone but do drive around each evening offering firewood. We already have friends who have booked this site for the future after our stay, and we will be back. The directions on the website couldn't be more clear, and it does help you find what is a field in the middle of nowhere! Thanks so much
Jul 27, 2020 by Adam Hughes Verified Review
★★★★★

What camping is all about

Snelling is a fantastic campsite that has a huge amount of land, but limits pitches to allow each pitch plenty of room. I have to be honest I did think on arrival that the amount of toilets / showers seemed less than required, but I never once has to queue for either. The added benefit of an allowed camp fire was great for the chilly evenings and gave another real camping type feeling. The owners very much leave you alone but do drive around each evening offering firewood. We already have friends who have booked this site for the future after our stay, and we will be back. The directions on the website couldn't be more clear, and it does help you find what is a field in the middle of nowhere! Thanks so much
Jul 27, 2020 by Adam Hughes Verified Review
★★★★☆

Camping as it should be!

We found this campsite in the Cool Camping Book. We booked for 4 nights for 2 families in May 2016 with children aged between 9 and 12. This is camping as it should be; a big green field with lots of open space, flat pitches and small open fires. It is a very peaceful campsite and the owners are very welcoming. The Eco loos were fine and the owners make considerable effort to keep them clean and smell free. The showers were also adequate, although more hot water would be welcome. You need to bring your own bowls for washing up as there are no facilities for this.

There is no entertainment/activities laid on for children, however it did not take them long to occupy themselves on the hay bales or make up other games in the spacious campsite.  The place is great for walks and cycling and the nearby picturesque village for Moreton is within easy walking distance. Further afield, Lulworth cove and Durdle Door are close by, but roads and car parking can be busy during bank holiday weekends. Trips out to the Jurassic coast are not too far either.

We would recommend this campsite to friends and family!

For info the GPS coordinates for the track entrance to the campsite are below, we used this successfully for the Sat Nav: Latitude  50°43'10.94"N Longitude  2°15'25.28"W  

Jun 2, 2016 by Mr A
★★★★★

British Camping at its best!

We have just got back from three glorious nights camping at Snelling Farm in Dorset. We arrived early afternoon and whilst the sun was still out followed the track to this fantastic spot. Unlike many other campsites we found there to be plenty of flat space to pitch up our tents ( we were a party of 2 adults three children and two dogs) so this meant we could properly spread out. A lovely couple arrived early evening to take our payment and we bought some logs to build a campfire.  We spent our three days exploring the picturesque countryside around Snelling great for walks/cycling/running. The kids and dogs could'nt resist swimming in the rivers- which isn't actually a problem at Snelling because there are  hot showers available on site. We also took a trip to the  villiage nearby (where you can get great cream teas) and to the pretty Lulworth Cove. If you want to visit a site where you can come and go as you please, spend the days on the coastal beaches nearby and the evenings chatting around a campfire then this is the place for you. My husband got the train home as he works in London and the nearest station has a line straight to Waterloo. We are going to return next year- there is still so much that we want to see and do!!

Aug 3, 2015 by charlotte.watts

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