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Snelling Farm Campsite

UK England South West England Dorset Bere Regis

Snelling Farm, Clouds Hill, Wareham, Dorset

An amazingly green natural feel and care-free atmosphere, only around a few weekends a year!
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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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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