Snelling Farm Campsite

UK England South West England Dorset Bere Regis

  • 10m + spacing between camping pitches
  • Distance markers for shower/toilets queues
  • Contactless check in
  • Daily deep cleaning of common areas
  • 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!

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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 20 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 2 reviews

★★★★☆

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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