The Walled Garden Campsite

UK England South West England Dorset Dorchester

  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
A simple family campsite adjacent to the Walled Gardens of Moreton and within easy reach of the Jurassic Coast

Rule 101: Don't tell your friend you're going to be camping near a graveyard. The Walled Garden Campsite in the quaint Dorset village of Moreton is rightfully named after the beautiful, five-acre garden it borders but, adjacent to that, there's also one of the most talked-about churchyards in the county. For the village is famously synonymous with T.E. Lawrence, immortalised in the Lawrence of Arabia movie, and the place where his tiny cottage, as well as his final resting place in an equally tiny graveyard is found.

The campsite is yards from both attractions and is closely associated with the walled garden. So, though you're not camping within it's boundaries, campers get full access as part of their stay. You could easily spend half a day wandering the Chilean arboretum, taking in the sweetly scented rose garden, exploring sculptures in nooks and crannies and enjoying some fresh produce from the kitchen garden at the Dovecote Café. For little ones, there are two good play areas, too – one within the walled garden (alongside a farm area with pigs and chickens) and the other back in the camping meadow itself.

When it comes to pitching tents, the campsite has a classic feel suitable of the rural Dorset setting. Caravans are not permitted but campfires in firepits are and it's largely families that rule the roost. If you don't fancy trying to cook over the flames there's also a pub a half-hour walk or five-minute drive away and the garden café is open until six o'clock.

For its size, Moreton is also, surely, one of the most well-crossed villages, when it comes to footpaths and bridleways. The Purbeck cycle way, the Frome valley trail, the Jubilee trail and the Hardy Way all run through the village, and campers who come with bikes are well placed to spend an entire weekend here without ever touching the car. It's conceivable to ride to the Jurassic Coast, including Man O'War beach and almost-circular Lulworth Cove, in well under an hour and there's plenty to do on the doorstep. Just a two-minute walk from the campsite you’ll find Moreton Ford – the perfect place to idle away a few hours with a picnic while little ones paddle in the clear, shallow water and try and catch an elusive tiddler fish. And it's a 10-minute ride on a car-free, partially wooded trail to Clouds House, T.E. Lawrence's former cottage, now cared for by the National Trust.

Details

Facilities

Four ladies and four gents loos (bring your own toilet roll), with the washblock designed to look like a shepherd's hut. Additional portable-style toilets are installed during the busy season. Shower block with six showers (unisex; pay for hot water £1 per token). Wash basins and washing up area. Fire pits and barbecues are allowed but they must be raised from the ground and disposable barbecues are prohibited. Firepits are available for rent and you can only burn wood purchased on site. There are no bins, so all rubbish must be taken away by campers. Two kids play areas, a shop and café.

Suitable For

Tents, trailer tents, campervans, dogs (on leads) – yes. Caravans, groups, noisy folk – no.

Nearby

The 22-mile Lawrence of Arabia ride officially starts at Purbeck School, 10 miles east, but you can pick up the route from St Nicolas’ Church and complete the loop from there. It’s mainly on-road and takes you through the Frome Valley, northern Purbeck and across Bere Heath. Likewise it makes sense to start the seven-mile walking trail from the church before heading through Moreton Plantation, onto Clouds Hill (01929 405616, £8 adult, £4 child or free with National Trust membership) and then the Tank Museum (01929 405096, adults £15, child £9). Monkey World is home to over 250 rescued and endangered primates and there are keeper talks and feeding times throughout the day (01929 462537, adult £16, child £11). Head eight miles east and you’ll reach the historic town of Dorchester or go 10 miles south and you’ll arrive at the Jurassic Coast and two of its most famous sites – the limestone arch of Durdle Door and the almost circular bay of Lulworth Cove.

Food & Drink

The nearest place to eat is the Walled Gardens’ Dovecote café (01929 462243), open seven days a week from 10am–3pm serving breakfast, lunch and cream teas. The Frampton Arms (01305 852253) is the closest pub, five minutes away by car. Heading in the opposite direction the Seven Stars (01929 462292) serves the usual pub grub and real ales and has a large kids play area and the Countryman Inn (01305 591090) has curries and pizzas on the menu.

Open

July–September.

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The Owner Says

Most folk will appreciate The Walled Garden Campsite is so close to the Jurassic Coast including the iconic Durdle Door & Lulworth Cove (6 miles away). However, we offer such a variety of things to do within the gardens and the Moreton Estate, that many campers lose themselves in the enchantment of the venue.

We offer a fantastic kids play area with plenty of seating for adults, conveniently located next to the farm animals & Kitchen Garden, giving you panoramic supervising vision – A MUST AT ALL TIMES!! Not only are the grounds one of the most tranquil within the County, but it’s steeped in history with links to T E Lawrence, one of Britain’s finest war heroes, an Oxford Scholar & Close friend of Winston Churchill…better known to most as Lawrence of Arabia, who now rests in the village’s peaceful cemetery of St Nicholas’ Church (regardless of your religion or spiritual beliefs – this is a must-see just for its fine architecture and beautiful stain-glassed windows).

The scenic village of Moreton, a tranquil site in the very heart of Dorset, offers a labyrinth of walks, adjacent to Moreton’s Walled Garden, cafe, riding center and woodland (with guests having unlimited access to the grounds/play area), ensuring that you have a rural but perfectly placed location for all local attractions, amenities & good pubs, including The Seven Stars (*), The Frampton Arms, The Countryman, The Red Lion (*), The Wise Man, & The Black Dog (*) to name a few.

Moreton has the main Weymouth – Waterloo line running through so has fantastic access to many towns including Dorchester (1 stop) & Weymouth (2 stops) so if you want to visit the many museums, Brewery Square or even Prince Charles’s very own Poundbury (Duchy Of Cornwall) – it’s all to be enjoyed in Dorset’s County Town. Weymouth has the sandy award-winning Blue Flag beach, Sea Life Center, Nothe Fort to name a few. Please note that parking can be difficult during peak seasons, so we recommend using the train.

If the coast isn’t for you, then pop over to nearby Corfe Castle & The Swanage Steam Train, or simply take in the beautiful labyrinth of walks surrounding the campsite or adventure through Moreton Woods. Our more mature campers may remember the popular TV series “Tenko” which was filmed in woodland just behind the site.

Pitches

80 non-electric grass camping pitches.

Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 80 Available
A Single 10M x 10M Pitch costs £20. This covers parking for one vehicle and 2 adults staying within the pitch. Note that there are no additional charges for awnings etc, so long as your camping equipment remains within your allocated pitch.

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Location

Contact The Walled Garden Campsite, Station Road, Moreton, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8RH

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Getting There

Moreton is on the London Waterloo–Weymouth line. From the station it is a two-and-a-quarter mile walk almost directly along the station road before turning off for the Walled Garden. Busses also serve the village from Dorchester and Weymouth. Call Durdle Door Cabs for a taxi (01929 444546).

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 6 reviews

★★★★☆

Great campsite, shame about the overflowing cesspit

Fantastic location, loads of space and beautiful maintained pitches. Lovely local walks too. The Walled Garden itself is only open 10-5 so not a big plus when out all day. Only real downside was the overflowing cesspit which my kids stepped on their bedtime trip to the toilet and the emergency trip to Weymouth for new shoes the next day...
Sep 1, 2021 by Michael Verified Review
★★★★☆

Simple but perfect for a no hassle camping experience

Well run. Ideally positioned for exploring on bike.
Aug 31, 2021 by Nick
★★★★☆

Lovely basic campsite

The campsite is in a lovely Dorset setting. The toilets were clean (but bring your own loo roll and hand soap!). Loved the firepit (and reasonably priced logs!). Showers on a timer, which were warm and did the job!
★★★★★

Great campsite

This is a great site, good facilities for the kids and being able to grab breakfast from the cafe was an added bonus. It’s a shame there are no rubbish facilities and had to take rubbish home with us, although understand as a pop up site.
★★★★★

Lovely camping, great for families

The Walled Garden campsite was just lovely. Quiet and clean, next to the walled garden too so the children could play in the garden (Dinosaur trail and wild bird trail). There is a good playground for children and we can recommend the tasty food from the cafe too. The location was great for us. Moreton village is very pretty and also peaceful. The location is a 20/30 min drive to places like Corfe Castle or Norden (for vintage trains to Swanage), and also very close to Lulworth. The campsite staff were friendly and helped with things like shower tokens & booking a fire pit. We will definitely stay at the Walled Garden again next season. It’s a great base for exploring!
★★★★★

Relaxed get away

Great little place plenty of room and you get your own pitch friendly staff, lots to do at the site plus a great ford nearby, and reasonably close to nearby attractions and towns
Aug 23, 2021 by Adam Conduit Verified Review

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