The View Camping

UK England South West England Dorset Poole

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Welcoming family camping with campfires and far-reaching views over Poole Harbour and the Purbeck Hills

Naming this campsite was always going to be a no brainer. Set on two south-facing sides of a Dorset valley, campers pitch their tents to a backdrop of rolling hills that stretch all the way down to the Jurassic Coast, with the Isle of Purbeck and hilltop Corfe Castle visible in the distance. When the campfire’s going and quiet calm settles on the folds of the campsite, you can simply sit, relax and take it in.

That said, there must have been other options. They could have called it ‘The Atmosphere’, ‘The Wildlife’, ‘The Campfires’ or ‘The idyllic setting near Dorset’s main attractions’. All would have been equally worthy – if less catchy – names for a family-run campsite where you’ll find all the ingredients for a heady holiday recipe.

There's only a limited number of pitches spread across some 14 acres, so you’re guaranteed plenty of space. Guests can choose the spot they please, in the meadow at the top of the site for the best views of the Purbeck Hills and Poole Harbour or down in a valley glade where there are little wooded nooks and a reasonable chance of spotting roaming deer if you wake early. Campfires are allowed and there’s a relaxed, convivial atmosphere, with family campers and family tents ruling the roost, usually with swimming trunks drying on the guylines after a long day at the beach.

At times, The View can feel like a time warp. If you’ve left the rush of a town or city, you’ll find hours pass here simply doing nothing at all, other than enjoying the chatter of the birds and soaking in the open country space. Don’t worry. That’s natural. The character of the campsite, from the inquisitive goats and Shetland pony to the impromptu musical gatherings with expert instrumentalists, can’t help but make you switch off.

If the vista draws you elsewhere, though, the campsite has a prime location. The best known beaches in the area – Lulworth Cove, Kimmeridge Bay, Swanage, Durdle Door, Bournemouth and Sandbanks – are all within a half hour drive, while Wareham and Poole are a little over 10 minutes. Take a picnic to the latter and catch a boat across the world-famous harbour to Brownsea Island. From there you can try and look back inland and spot the campsite somewhere up to the north. “What are you looking at?” a fellow ferry-goer might ask. “The View”, you can simply say, knowing your secret campsite discovery is safe for another day.



There are eight toilets (four flushing loos and four modern eco-loos) and a four showers on site as well as plenty of water taps. Barbecues and campfires are allowed but must be contained, off-ground and supervised by an adult (firepits are available to hire and logs can be purchased on site). There's also a communal campfire, where campers can share fireside stories and enjoy acoustic music by talented local musicians. Campers may be invited to join in a well-being, meditation or gentle yoga workshops, which are held occasionally in the site's barn or wildlife orchard. There may even be a chance to experience a special gong and Tibetan bowl sound bath (you don’t need a towel). There are also occasional craft workshops, games and nature-based talks. Visit The View Camping social media to see what’s on during your stay.

Suitable For

Tents, well-behaved dogs – yes. Campervans, motorhomes, caravans – no.


The campsite is on the edge of the village of Lytchett Matravers, seven miles north of Poole Harbour and 12 miles from Bournemouth's sandy beaches and seaside attractions. The village centre is only a walk away from site and has an open recreation area with a play park, a great spot for a picnic. Farmer Palmers Farm Park is one of the closest attractions (01202 622022; a mile away) others nearby include the National Trust house and gardens at Kingston Lacy, Wimborne (01202 883402; seven miles) and Monkey World (01929 462537; 10 miles). Wareham is the closest town, six miles away. It has Saxon walls and a pretty setting on the River Frome where you can hire boats. Wimbourne is a little further (eight miles in the other direction), home to cobbled courtyards, boutique shops and Wimbourne Minster. The world-famous Jurassic Coast stretches east from Poole Harbour across the Isle of Purbeck where there's plenty to see and do. Swanage and Studland beaches, RSPB Arne (01929 553360), Corfe Castle (01929 477060), Lulworth Cove, Kimmeridge Bay and Durdle Door are all within 20 miles of The View Camping.

Food & Drink

A little food wagon is on site several days a week serving simple homemade food. Down the road in the village The Chequer's Inn (01202 622215) is one of two pubs serving food and also hosts a mini market and milk vending machine. There's also The Barn Cafe (01202 900131), especially recommended for cakes. For a meal out, The Bakers Arms (01202 622900) and St Peter's Finger (01202 622275) both in Lytchett Minster, two miles from The View Camping, and The Worlds End in Almer, five miles away, are all recommended. There are lots of high-quality cafes, restaurants and bars located throughout Poole, Bournemouth, Wareham and Wimborne. For local produce and picnic supplies, head for The Salt Pig (butchery and cafe) in Wareham, Pamphill Dairy in Wimborne, and Vines Close Farm in Sturminster Marshall.


July and August only.

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The Owner Says

Step out of life’s stresses and immerse yourself in breath-taking countryside at ‘The View’. The warmest welcome is always assured by Cathy and her daughter Kate.

The 14-acre site is unique, set in the heart of stunning natural beauty with abundant wildlife and birds. Get back to the core of life within nature. You can choose your own pitch from several beautiful fields, from higher meadows with panoramic views towards the stunning Isle of Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast, or perhaps nestle your tent in peaceful soft valley glades.

The site is perfectly located in the small village of Lytchett Matravers, central for exploring all of Dorset’s very best. An idyllic haven and a stone’s throw from everything; Poole, Bournemouth and Purbeck’s, award-winning beaches, beautiful countryside, historic sites, and most special things Dorset has to offer, whatever your interest. Plan your adventures or simply just relax.

The village is high in elevation, and you can see Poole with its world-famous harbour, Old Harry rocks and Brownsea island from the park and recreation ground (Great spot for family picnics).

As the name suggests the views from every tent are simply gorgeous and they make the site so special. Poole Harbour and quayside, with its beautiful islands and abundant wildlife and birds, are near, as are Bournemouth Studland, Sandbanks, Swanage, all with beautiful beaches. The stunning Arne peninsular and RSPB reserves. The world heritage Jurassic coastal path with so many historic sites and special treasures are all very near. You can look out from your tent over a tapestry of countryside. The lovely Wareham Forest with its nature reserves, and the amazing 11th century Corfe Castle stands proud in the distance set within the beautiful Purbeck hills.

We are now using our lovely barn and often host mini-events including well-being and musical gatherings where you can learn, meet new friends, and share magical moments. Our passion is to encourage awareness and care of nature, along with enriching people's wellbeing. Come and meet our lovely mischievous animals they are sure to make you smile!

This is a gentle peaceful site with lots of space to choose the perfect pitch. A place to unwind and make special memories. Ideal for those who love the countryside.

Social Distancing Measures

We are committed to helping ensure a safe and happy stay this summer.

To help ensure your safety and protection;
  • We will be limiting the number of pitches on the 14acre site to offer spacious pitches.
  • We provide hand sanitisers, located over the site.
  • Wash stations, toilets are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
  • We also ask that all campers are respectful of others safety and abide by government guidelines.
  • NHS track and trace QR poster. We ask all campers to scan the NHS QR code when they arrive by using the NHS COVID-19 app.


You can pitch where you like, so numbers are quite informal, but there's usually around 40 or so pitches.

The View Meadows

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 35 Available
Glassland pitch within The View's 14-acre site of Dorset's most beautiful countryside with breathtaking views.

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Contact The View Camping, Middle Road, Lytchett Matravers, Poole, Dorset BH16 6DP

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Getting There

If using a SatNav, please use the postcode BH16 6DP. It's recommended that you come in from the A35 rather than through Lytchett Matravers, as it is easier and faster. Turn off the A35 signposted 'Lytchett Matravers/Tea Room/French Furniture', into Wareham Road, then take the first left into Halls Road. Carry on down the hill and turn right up to Middle Road. Look for a sign that says 'The View Camping' on your right.

The closest train station is Holton Health, two miles from The View Camping. Others include Hamworthy, Wareham, Wool and Poole. From Poole (nine miles from site) there is a connection to Lytchett Mattraver by bus using More Bus Route 10. From other stations, you would need to take a taxi to the campsite. Suggested providers are Acorn Taxi (based in Lytchett 07955 726010), Upton & Lytchett Taxis (01202 560000) and Purbeck Cabs (01929 500604).


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