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 66 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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Rated ★★★★★ over 22 reviews


The best camping site I’ve ever been to!

Wonderful campsite, staff were so lovely and helpful, views were stunning! Fantastic set up, will 100% be back. Toilets and showers always clean. Nothing bad to say about the site.
Sep 3, 2021 by Sarah hyde

Idyllic, stress-free family break

This was the best weekend family camping trip we’ve experienced. Cathy and Kate were on hand whenever needed and the mix of food and entertainment was perfect. The site itself offered up a variety of views stretching for miles around, and was incredibly tranquil. Our son didn’t want to leave the site in the evenings, loving the communal camp fire and music. He wanted to stay longer! We will definitely be returning.
Aug 30, 2021 by Darren Wall Verified Review

Perfect family get away

First time taking the kids camping and my son told me he wanted to stay forever. Lovely staff, wonderful atmosphere, music and feel. My children made lots of friends and could safely explore and play, gaining valuable experiences. Thank you for making it such a wonderful holiday

The best campsite bar none!!

From the second we arrived we were met by Cathy and Kate the owners. They were always on hand be it for a fire pit, a nature walk or anything else we needed. They are simply the perfect hosts. Nothing was to much trouble and I cannot recommend this site enough. It's stunning views are incredible. It's the perfect base if visiting this amazing area. Very close to Poole and Sandbanks and the other way to Corfe Castle or Wareham etc. Please stay at this camp site you won't regret it for a second
Aug 28, 2021 by David Bell Verified Review

Highly recommend!

Beautiful campsite, friendly atmosphere and helpful staff. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.! Thank you for having us

A lovely family run campsite

A lovely family run campsite with very freindly staff and clean facilties. Owl talk and show for the children., live music and Yoga. Three dissapointing point's though which keep it from being a five star review: 1) Big one for me: No facilties to throw your rubbish away. Meaning you have to take your rubbish away with you. Bearing in mind you need id with you to take it to a local tip. This leaves you trying to find a local bin or taking it home when you have limited space in the car already, with a family of five. Surely not having this facility on site is promoting fly tipping from some of your customers (not us). Which is going against your/our care of the environment. 2) Cost of fire wood & Fire pits. £5 per bag + £5 per night for the fire pit seems fairly expensive. The kindling supplied isn't enough when the wood supplied is too large. Meaning its takes an age and effort to get it going properly. 3) All fires must be extingusihed by 23.00. Not too sure whether you have some form of agreement with the locals, but this seems unfair when paying such an amount for the pit etc. Resulting in not having alot of time to have a fire in the summer. Appreciate this keeps the noise down, but surely this can be monitored and persons spoken to, if too noisy and not everyone bound by the same rule.

Welcoming, great facilities - Perfect Campsite

I’m so glad I found this place. Kate, Cathy and the whole team are such brilliant hosts. They really couldn’t do enough to ensure everyone who visits enjoys their stay. They genuinely care about letting you have a great experience. What they are doing with the site in terms of eco facilities, special areas of interest, Delicious food, Music, pop up events etc. is so inspiring and they really do value sharing ideas to keep the campsite moving forward. Unfortunately I missed the music evening however will most definitely be returning to this wonderful site. The facilities are spotless and there’s also 3 camping areas to pitch on. What an amazing experience 🙏

Very positive experience

Everyone is so so friendly. Clean and tidy site along with showers and toilets. They've got chicken and 2 horses and my daughter could even feed them which was amazing 👍 Close to Durdle Door, Bournemouth and Poole breaches. Loved it. Thanks 👋

Informal, eco-friendly, fun

We spent three nights at The View and had a lovely time (2 adults 2 kids)! We loved the facilities (both eco-friendly and novel) and the fact the site was spacious and quiet. Fantastic to have a little bar and entertainment on the weekend! Kate and Katherine were brilliant hosts - we could tell they really cared about the site and the comfort of their guests. We hope to return!
Aug 17, 2021 by Natalya Verified Review

Beautiful campsite

What a great find. This a lovely campsite in a beautiful setting. We have an uninterrupted view of the hillside with plenty of space around us for our children to play. The hosts are on hand if you need any assistance. Lots of new facilities such as showers and eco toilets and more being added all the time.
Aug 16, 2021 by Jodi Verified Review

Lovely tranquil spot!

Lovely spot within easy reach of the Jurassic Coast, Poole etc. The owners are really friendly and run pop-up music events on weekends which are fun. Simple facilities but all you need. Would definitely recommend :-)
Aug 16, 2021 by Sally Lodge Verified Review

Magical, entrancing, loving, personal experience

When we booked the site we knew there’d be a lot to do in the city and surrounding areas but we were not prepared for the level of hospitality and joy we received from our host Cathy and her daughter Kate who not only made us feel welcome from the get go they ensured our experience was unique and really allowed us to just have fun. There was music, delicious food and great entertainment all round and most of all we felt cared for the entire time we were there! Can’t recommend this place enough and will be coming back, my soul needs it.
Aug 15, 2021 by Seyi Fatusin Verified Review

A special place

We loved our 4 nights camping at The View! It's a really beautiful setting, if the weather's kind you'll get stunning sunsets and see so many stars at night. The facilities are really well thought through and creative (loved showering in a horse box!). Going up to the central campfire at night was great too, we were treated to live music and enjoyed a sound bath. Thank you for having us Kate and Cathy, we hope to return next year!
Aug 15, 2021 by Sinead Gray Verified Review

Lovely last minute break

We have just had a 10 day camping holiday at The View and had a great time. We usually stay at larger holiday park sites but hadn’t been able to find anywhere for this year at the last minute so decided to search Cool Camping and found The View. I was nervous about how different it was to the sort of sites we would normally stay at however it was brilliant and I think I would favour a site like The View in future. If we come back to Dorset we would definitely stay again. The facilities were spotless and the amount of space we had around our tent for our toddler daughter to run around in was great. We didn’t go down to the live music in the evenings, however enjoyed listening to it from our tent. There is a lovely welcoming atmosphere at The View and being able to choose our own pitch was also good. There is so much to do in the surrounding areas from beaches to other tourist attractions. We visited both of the pubs in the village which both served lovely food and were within walking distance. There is also a mini supermarket for essentials supplies.

Just wonderful

What a beautiful place to stay . Very welcoming people and so friendly . They go out of their way to help you and make your stay great . Such a beautiful peaceful setting we heard owls 😁 the view was amazing too . We will definitely be back here again soon . Great for sightseeing to nearby Poole and not far from Weymouth lots to do . Very clean and tidy . We actually stayed on an extra day too so must be good . Thank you Kate and Kath so much we will see you soon love Katie and Tony Baker xx

Lovely, friendly and beautiful!

We had a great weekend - a really lovely welcome tour, cool facilities and a great amount of space. There was even live music on both Friday and Saturday. Thanks for having us!

Nice friendly just remote

Lovely friendly welcome Showers should be either end of field not all at one end No food van no entertainment during week makes it a little boring But stunning views As it is new they are learning Pubis not just up road 5 mins in car Directions to site could be more clearer

Homely and good value

Friendly greeting on arrival, enough facilities and nice homely feel. Will be staying again

Great campsite

Loved our stay at the view. Lots of land so perfect for groups with multiple tents. Great facilities and lovely staff. Only thing we would have asked was somewhere to dispose of rubbish or directions to a general waste facility. The recycling centre we were told to go to was not ideal as had to rifle through 3 days of rubbish. Apart from that can’t fault it !

Summer break July 2021

For a new camping site Kate and her team have done really well and are constantly adding improvements. Clean toilets and showers, on-site bar / burger stand. Live music on Friday and Saturdays. Received a warm welcome and the team were always on hand if we needed anything.

Chilled off grid lovely

Just spent two nights at the view meadows, very relaxed and inclusive camping off grid meadows. They had bluegrass music on sat night

A green idyll !

A warm welcome, helpful details sent in advance with directions and COVID safety, fabulous views from the pitches, lovely firepits to rent, dog friendly, amazing commitment to stewardship of their land, facilities simple but very clean and eco friendly. Had a great time and would go back.

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