Sweet Hill Farm

UK England South West England Dorset Portland

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Simple, almost-wild, seaside camping on the Isle of Portland

In Roman times, beacons were lit across Portland Bill to warn passing ships of the dangers of its pointed coastline. Many years and many unhappy accidents later, King George I conceded that its treacherous shores were likely in need of a lighthouse or two. Now, the famous Portland Bill Lighthouse is a far more welcoming sight for travellers, with Sweet Hill Farm, just a mile from its base, offering the ideal location for those looking to explore the island.

Sweet Hill Farm provides a family-friendly hub for spirited adventurers to descend upon, in a site devoted to leaving as little impact upon its land as possible. 60 spacious camping pitches are available across several fields in an "almost-wild" setting, meaning that handcrafted compost toilets and cold water taps provide basic amenities, while ensuring its surroundings remain unspoiled. Don’t expect showers or modern facilities but do expect to open your tent each morning to a perfect sea view.

Sweet Hill Farm is ideal for campers with an adventurous side. Its family-run Chesil Equestrian stables provide local trekking experiences, allowing visitors to meet and fall in love with the likes of Chip, Pepe, and Ffion before exploring Portland on horseback. Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre is just a 10-minute drive away and offers accessible sailing and watersports for all abilities, with classes and activities for ages five and over. Then for the particularly brave there’s abseiling courtesy of Portland Climbing, with its group climbing sessions offering a variety of grades to suit all skill levels.

If all that adventuring sounds a little overwhelming, then follow the South West Coast Path from the edge of the campsite and you’ll eventually join 18-mile Chesil Beach, which feels positively endless from this point on its eastern tip. The beach provides a variety of idyllic fishing spots, as anglers travel from all across the country to catch Portland’s plaice, sole, and other sea-dwelling fish. Alternatively, enjoy a scenic 30-minute walk to The Lobster Pot Restaurant for one of their famous Dorset Cream Teas, situated right next to Portland Bill with unparalleled views of the coast.

When you wake up on Sweet Hill Farm to a glorious view of the sea, with a day of exploration ahead of you and all of Portland’s pleasures within walking distance, you’ll wonder why it took nearly 2,000 years for the first lighthouse to be built there. Who wouldn’t want to see this place?

Details

Facilities

Facilities are very minimal. Compost toilets (bring your own toilet paper) and cold water taps are available in each field. There are bins and recycling facilities. Campfires are permitted in off-ground firepits only. This campsite does not have any showers.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, children, groups (of up to six people), dogs (on leads) – yes. Stag and hen parties, caravans – no.

Nearby

Portland Bill Lighthouse (01305 821050), the isle’s most famous landmark, is a 30-minute walk or five-minute drive away. Its accompanying Visitor Centre provides those brave enough to scale its 153 steps with the history of the 144-year old structure, while you’ll even be rewarded with a badge for making it to the top. Chesil Equestrian (01305 823719) is an on-site stable that provides horse trekking experiences around Portland’s coast, while Portland Climbing (07752454602) will get you set up with scaling the isle’s cliffs and Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre (01305 457400) will let you book sailing or watersports days out. The nearest beach, Church Ope Cove, is a five-minute drive or 25-minute walk away, while Chesil Beach is a 10-minute drive and Weymouth Beach is a 30-minute drive away.

Food & Drink

The Lobster Pot (01305 820242) offers cream tea and crab sandwiches with a great view, though for a stiffer drink, The Eight Kings (01305 822110) serves real ale, a selection of home-cooked food, and the occasional live music. Quiddles Cafe (01305 820651) is a unique beach bar on Chesil Beach, a 10-minute drive away, providing delicious seafood straight from the source.

Open

May–October.

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The Owner Says

Our private land offers nearly wild camping in a glorious location with uninterrupted views over to Portland Bill.

Come and enjoy the many activities Portland has to offer, from horse riding, walking, rock climbing, bird watching, fishing, sailing or enjoying ice creams at the famous Portland Bill lighthouse. Portland known as the jewel of Dorset, is a tied island, 4 miles long and just 5 miles south from Weymouth, forming the southernmost point of the county. The Jurassic Chesil Beach joins it to the mainland.

Pitches

60 grass pitch-where-you-like camping pitches.

Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 60 Available
Spacious grass pitches with no electricity

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Location

Contact Sweet Hill Farm, Sweet Hill Road, Portland, Dorset DT5 2DS

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Getting There

Travel to Sweet Hill Road (DT5 2DS). As you drive up the road and it starts to bend, you will see a sign for Chesil Equestrian on the left. Take the left up the track and as you continue driving, you will see Sweet Hill Farm’s '5mph' sign and stables. You will then arrive at the open car parking area, where you should call Sweet Hill Farm’s owners and they'll show you to the camping areas.

There are buses and taxis situated next to the Weymouth train station. For the bus, you need to walk to the Kings Statue and get on the No.1.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews

★★★★★

the best camping spot!

we had the most wonderful few days here, the views are amazing! the sunsets and clear view of the stars are worth the trip alone. in a perfect location for walks down to the sea, and close to chesil beach, there’s no better place to stay! everyone was so friendly and helpful, we really enjoyed using a campfire in the evenings. we can’t wait to go back!
★★★★★

Absolutely awesome

This was an awesome camp the staff were very friendly and lovely people my girls enjoyed their three days here, some superb views from the tent door we will definitely return here.
Aug 18, 2021 by Mark Udle Verified Review
★★★★★

Cracking views

I was really impressed with the location of the campsite, the views where stunning and met some really great people. It was a tiny walk to the edge of a cliff where we lay listening to tunes watching the sun set. Would highly recommend a visit to sweet hill farm!

Response from Sweet Hill Farm

Hi Ed,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're so please you enjoyed it here at Sweet Hill Farm.

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