Camp Hartland

UK England South West England Dorset Swanage & Isle of Purbeck

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Traditional camping on the Isle of Purbeck with campfires allowed and a pub next door

Situated on a road between two National Nature Reserves, it is difficult to compete with the countryside credentials of Camp Hartland. Blissfully rural and wonderfully quiet, the greens of the ancient Dorset heathland are dotted throughout the year with the ever-changing colour of wildflowers. In winter it’s the brown and white of crispy morning frosts, overlooked by circling hen harriers. Then, when summer comes, the purple haze of bell heather spreads into the grey waters of the nearby moors. Nestled in the midst of this wild and natural landscape is the 28 day pop-up site itself, a destination that clearly received Mother Nature’s memo: "Keep it simple, keep it green and keep it peaceful".

Three miles from Wareham and only a little further to the coast, Hartland Farm is a historic smallholding that is now a working stables. While horses frolic in the fields, a grassy heathland stretch is set aside for hardy campers and a couple of rustic family bathrooms have been readied for their arrival. Hot showers inside a wooden hut are accompanied by a washing up area. But beyond this there's very little onsite – just the way it should be. There are no electric hook-ups or chemical points, a positive approach by the owners to encourage only campers looking for that back-to-basics, authentic experience. And authentic it is, with the working farm on the doorstep and sheep grazing in the next-door field. Chickens scratch as they please, supplying eggs to the farmhouse, where you can also collect a morning croissant, perfect for breakfast.

While the site merits attention for its simplicity and welcoming atmosphere, Camp Hartland’s location dusts the icy on the cake. The nearest neighbour is a beautiful thatched pub that has a large summer garden, while the market town of Wareham, 5 minutes by car, boasts a 10th-century wall that give views over the medieval settlement and across the waterfields beyond. It is the dynamic heritage coast, however, that draws the crowds, with rocky cliffs, sandy beaches, secluded coves and unique formations like Old Harry Rocks. For all of these costal attractions Camp Hartland is well located and walkers can join fabulous sea-front footpaths just a stones throw from the site.

This is a campsite of old; an easy-going, peaceful place that boasts little more than what is required. Good, well-maintained sanitary facilities, a grassy patch to pop the tent and a welcome spot to kindle the campfire. While the less observant flock to their road map’s designated motorhome compound, this little gem retains its quiet charm and unpretentious beauty – a 28 day hideout in Dorset’s best position.

Details

Facilities

2 family washrooms with 2 showers and hot water, 4 eco loos, drinking water taps around the yard.  The perfect start to your day would be to visit our pop up cafe which offers the most delicious home made cakes, pastries and pasties ice creams along with teas and coffees (open in the morning and afternoons). There is always someone around to help you with any queries. The farm is a working livery yard so there are often horses being trained and campers can watch them schooled by their owners each morning.

Suitable For

Tents, small campervans, couples, friends, families and kids.

Nearby

The nearest sizeable settlement is the traditional market town of Wareham sandwiched between the rivers Piddle and Frome. Each summer it plays host to the Purbeck Film Festival (07939 968238), with films projected against the old city walls. In the other direction lays hilltop Corfe Castle (01929 481294), reminiscent of a fairy tale, something accentuated when the steam train (01929 425800) chugs past bound for Swanage (08704 420680). It is here that you'll find Durlston Country Park (01929 424443), an area of grass and woodland strung across the dramatic coastline. Walk to Dancing Ledge in the west, Old Harry Rocks in the east, or back inland to Kingston. Kimmeridge Bay (01929 481044), Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove are all a short drive away, unique coastal formations that epitomise the beauty of the Jurassic Coast. Closer to home, nature lovers should wander to Stoborough Heath Nature Reserve (08456 003078) and Hartland Moor Nature Reserve (08456 003078), either side of the campsite.

Food & Drink

We are walking distance from our neighbours, Lenctenbury Farm with PYO fruit and farm produce shop, and our local pub, The The Halfway Inn (01929 480402), a beautiful, historic pub with a thatched roof, friendly and accommodating owners .  You will find good pub grub, great beverage selection (whatever your tipple!) and pub garden with children's play area.

Open

A 28 day pop-up site open in August.  Other times available on request.

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The Owner Says

Nestled in beautiful countryside just a short distance from Corfe Castle and Studland beaches, Dorset. Camp Hartland is the perfect campsite for friends and families to enjoy an outdoor adventure.  There are 3 camping fields to choose from with no formal pitches.  A chalet type wash block with 2 family washrooms (shower / loo / sink) and washing up facilities.  There are 4 other eco loos located around the farm so there is never too far to walk if nature calls.

The sociable hub is often centred around our Horsebox Cafe, Jill opens in the morning and the afternoon serving up tea, coffee, cold drinks, hot breakfast baps, picnic pies to take away for the day, our well known pasties (all made on site), cakes, cookies and ice creams.

Camp Hartland is open for approximately 2 months (July and August) during the summer holidays and offers you a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of your busy lives and sample the great outdoors exactly as it should be. Come and pitch your tent for a night or more, sleeping below the stars in peaceful surroundings. A choice of beautiful beaches just a short drive away for you to brace yourself for an invigorating sea swim, lie on the silky sand, take country walks, bike rides or sit by your tent reading a good book.

Whatever your past time... we look forward to seeing you soon!

If you cannot find availability for your preferred dates, please call us 07707 163019.

Pitches

Basic grassy pitches with no electric hook-ups.

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 4 20 Available
Grass pitch in one of three fields

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Location

Contact Camp Hartland, Camp Hartland, Hartland Stud, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5DU

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Getting There

Camp Hartland is based at Hartland Stud.  Turn left into Soldiers Rd off A351 (between Wareham and Corfe) opposite the Halfway Inn.  Carry on for half a mile, Hartland Stud sign on left.  Camp Hartland  is signposted in August.

Bus stop walking distance from our farm, to get to the beach, Swanage, Poole and beyond! Excellent train service into Wareham (0845 600 0650) on the London, Waterloo to Weymouth, line. (2.5 hours from Waterloo).

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 24 reviews

★★★★☆

Real countryside camping

We loved Camp Hartland. Beautiful site with plenty to explore nearby. Perfect distance from both the countryside and the beach . The site is calm and the atmosphere welcoming and relaxing. We did't use the showers as there was a huge queue every morning and the cold water was probably not worth the wait but we survived! Would totally recommend if you want a peaceful countryside getaway
★★★★★

Second time we've stayed, even better than before

This is a lovely, modest-sized campsite, well located for lovely coastal walks, country pubs, pick-your-own fruit and other attractions. This is the second time we have stayed here and some additions have been made with extra space for additional pitches on a top field with expansive countryside views and a small cafe in an old horsebox, providing hot drinks, pastries, cakes and breakfast items. The almond croissants and bacon baps were great! The wash facilities are well appointed and clean with 2 cubicles housing flushing toilets and hot showers, adjacent washing-up area and separate additional eco-loos. Another lovely stay and will definitely be back again.
Aug 31, 2021 by Mark Novelle Verified Review
★★★★☆

Beautiful location

This campsite is in a fabulous rural location with great views from the top field. The facilities were all kept nice and clean, and the pop-up café was a lovely bonus for hot drinks and pastries. The only downside was the showers because our family of four had cold showers every day and in the end we left a couple of days early to get home for a hot shower. We loved the fact you can light a fire and it was a such a laid back, friendly place to stay.
Aug 25, 2021 by Oliver Verified Review

Response from Camp Hartland

Hi Oliver,
We're happy that you had a nice break. Sorry that you had issues with the showers - we are aware that at busy times the hot water can struggle to keep up and we aim to address this for next year by adding extra showers with hot water on demand. Hope to see you again. Phil & Caz - Camp Hartland
★★★★★

100% would come back

Very relaxing and chilled campsite, The little pop up cafe is brilliant, cakes are awesome! Much enjoyed. Views are really nice on the top field, if you don't mind a bit more exposure, bottom fields are more sheltered with the trees. Really nice location, with easy access to the main road, ideally located for exploring Purbeck and wonderful coastline. Happily return.
★★★☆☆

Wonderful setting, great site, friendly owners shame about the showers

There are lots of really good things about this site: - The location, perfects for walks or a short drive to all Purbeck has to offer - the cafe in the horse box open morning and evening - campfires and the laid back atmosphere - the friendly and helpful owners - a 10 minute walk to a pub but for us this was really let down by the fact that out of the 4 of us none of us managed to get a hot shower in the time we were there. Would probably not go back unless the shower hot water system was upgraded.
Aug 23, 2021 by Andy Verified Review

Response from Camp Hartland

Hi Andy,

Thank you for the feedback and we hope that you had a great break. We are aware that the hot water struggles to keep up at busy times, particularly in the early morning and early evening when people return from the beach (or wherever!)  We are planning to address this by adding more showers next year with hot water on demand. We hope to see you again. Phil & Caz - Camp Hartland

★★★★★

Relaxed camping

I had a great holiday camping at Camp Hartland. Peaceful site, occasionally a farm vehicle can be heard but that isn’t an issue. Eco toilets are good. I would say that for the amount of people camping on the site, 2 showers don’t seem enough, that said it was a lovely stay. Coffee, croissants and pies, available daily from the site. Everyone was pleasant, friendly and helpful. Would come back again.
Aug 20, 2021 by Paula Orum
★★★★★

Remote, relaxing, refreshing

A lovely campsite where you can have your choice of pitch. A really easy going place, camping is so much better when you can have a fire underneath the stars. Choice of eco toilets or normal toilets and showers both nice and clean. Would recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing time.
★★★★★

Great location and gorgeous views from the top field.

Helpful owner who agreed to cool bags being refrigerated. No fire baskets available but campfires allowed on the ground but caused black rings. As the two showers and flushing toilets were together, people had a bit of a wait at times. There were compost long drop loos available also.
★★★★★

A truly magical camping experience

Loved the closeness to nature and stunning heathland walks straight from the site. Also loved the personal artistic touches and attention to detail exhibited throughout the site’s facilities. Other specific highlights were the heathland views and Purbeck sunsets from the Top Field benches; and commitment to low impact camping, such as solar lights and eco loos.
Aug 4, 2021 by Joel Carre Verified Review
★★★★★

Green and rural campsite in a lovely location

Camp Hartland is a simple no fuss rural campsite with the emphasis on low impact environmentally friendly camping. The top field’s neighbours were sheep and horses. There is plenty of room for campers to spread out and enjoy their own space Facilities are basic but perfectly adequate and always clean and well stocked. The only issue was hot water running cold at peak times. The owner is friendly but not intrusive. We only stayed a couple of days but would definitely return if in the area. It is a good location for sightseeing in the region with plenty of local pubs and restaurants, shops and takeaway options in the surrounding area. I would highly recommend this lovely site for a no frills relaxing camping trip.
★★★★★

Really friendly welcoming people, chilled vibe and so peaceful

We loved Camp Hartland! Jill especially was so welcoming and gave us info on places to visit. It was so peaceful, the field was lovely with not too many people. Clean toilets and showers and even trampoline and slide for the kids. Nice to wake up to coffee and bacon baps from Jill’s little on-site cafe too. We will be back next year for sure 👍💜
★★★★★

Lovely location

This is a lovely campsite and the owners are very friendly. Could really do with more showers
Aug 2, 2021 by Mark Verified Review
★★★★★

Great location with stunning sunset views

Lovely campsite with good facilities and pop-up cafe selling reasonably priced croissants and hot drinks. Easy to get to Corfe Castle and the coast. Stunning views of the sunset and lots of countryside for kids to explore. The site manager went to great lengths to help us when we arrived in the pouring rain. The sky cleared and we had a great time.
Sep 2, 2020 by Linus G
★★★★★

Wonderful relaxing stay!

The campsite is beautiful. There are showers and flushing toilets in one field, and eco compost loos in another. Both options kept clean and tidy, and hand sanitizer provided in line with Covid management. I had an excellent stay and will be staying again!
Jul 19, 2020 by lauren crinkless johnson
★★★★★

Friendly, welcoming, great facilities.

We visit Camp Heartland Regularly and always have a lovely time. The owners are really friendly and welcoming. The facilities are really good with 2 really nice showers with good pressure and heat. There are also 2 very well maintained, clean eco toilets. We love the fact that open fires are allowed, it’s an essential part of the camping experience. They also don’t take bookings, which is a huge part of the appeal. It means we can just turn up on the spur of the moment without having to plan it. We like to be able to be impulsive.. Highly recommend staying here.
Jul 19, 2020 by Richard Stannard
★★★★★

Just lovely.

Lots of nice things said and probably agree with all of them. Best shower!!!!
Sep 8, 2018 by Neil
★★★★★

Beautiful place

Lovely quite clean campsite set in a stunning location. Showers and toilets clean and great size. Great walks all around so great for dogs and owners. Very friendly owners very helpful but leave u to get on with enjoying ur stay unless u need them.. basic camping at its best only fault wish we could have stayed longer. Will definitely be back thank u x
Aug 30, 2018 by Rachel
★★★★★

Back to nature with a camp fire, eco loos in beautiful countryside it has the added attraction of posh loos and showers

Always a great welcome its a firm favorite with with family and friends. Close to pubs, beaches and country walks we love this place.
Jun 10, 2018 by Billywhizzz
★★★★★

Best campsite on the Purbeck

I've been to a few and this one offers a great central location, relaxed family atmosphere, friendly owners and luxury facilities! A short walk to the pub up the road and then back for songs around the camp fire! Well maybe not songs. I really enjoyed my 3 night stay here though I should really keep it secret, I don't want it too busy for next time! :-) 

Aug 14, 2015 by DT
★★★★★

One of my favourites

This campsite is one of my absolute favourites. You get to experience that wild camping feel whilst having the luxury of flushing toilets and showers. The campsite is one of the very few in Dorset where you can have a real fire, something that has that very special feel for the children. There is nothing more memorable that the first time you have a baked potatoes straight from the fire or toasting marshmallows on a stick. The owners are extremely friendly and very helpful in suggesting the best places to visit in the area. I would encourage anyone visiting the area to spend some time here.

Aug 13, 2015 by Conrad
★★★★★

Our place

Every year our group of friends make our way from all over the UK to Hartland to chill out and get together again for a great catch up weekend.  We know there are great beaches, the Jurassic coast and Wareham forest but we choose to stay put.  The boys love to have a proper fire to cook on and the girls love........... the proper showers!  There are some neat new Eco loos as well now if you want to avoid any morning toilet queues.  Phil and Caz are cool hosts, always a smile and a chat with everyone who wants to stop for a while.  The kids have all grown up here over the years, just a bit, every summer, now some are 18, so with good pubs from 10 min to 30 min walk away we have it all.

Aug 13, 2015 by billywizzz
★★★★★

Beautiful

We had a really lovely stay, basic campsite in beautiful surrounds. 

Aug 10, 2015 by gt
★★★★★

Friendly and Fantastically basic

We found the site by accident, assuming we wouldn't find such a great place with no loud facilities for mobile home families - which can ruin a stay. Sadly we had to leave early as our daughter was unwell. The owners were really friendly. We especially loved being able to have a campfire and the kids (we went with friends) loved being able to close the chicken coop and collect eggs. 

There's loads to see and do in the area, and as advertised the Halfway Inn is about 0.5 miles away. We found the food a bit over-priced for it's basic quality though.

Thoroughly recommend this site, and will return when we're next in the area.

Aug 5, 2015 by Mike Jones
★★☆☆☆

Could be great.....but

You arrive, sign in at a small reception(unmanned) desk and then pitch in one of two fields. One field has compost loos, the other flush toilets and showers (2 of each) and two washing up sinks. This is not a lot when you consider both fields can accommodate a lot of campers. We had a lot of waiting due to the showers etc being occupied.

Part of the campsite was cordoned off for "Private camping" which I presume were friends of the people who run the site. The sign said that although it was private camping you could still "roam" the grounds there. The lady who ran the site made a point of telling us we could walk up the small hill/mound, by the private campers, to a small bench at the top to watch the sunset. I imagine the sunset would have been lovely from up there had the private campers, quite a lot of them, not all been piled up there and being really noisy. We attempted to go there but we were not exactly made welcome, so retreated back to the tent.

On one occasion I was in the shower when one of the private campers repeatedly tried opening the door and called for me to hurry up. I had only been in there a few minutes. They kept trying the door and made me feel very rushed and awkward. When I came out I heard them mutter "take your time why don't you!" as I walked away. Worth noting that the other toilet was unoccupied at this time, so I do not really know what their problem was.

There was also a continuous bad smell within the field, rather like drains. In the tent you could not smell it, but outside you could. Not pleasant.

The toilet block had a lot of beetles in there at night, and some very big spiders.

Campfires are allowed.

The camp is near Studland beaches and within half and hour of Swanage, both of which are nice places. Also Corfe castle is nearby, well worth a visit. There is a lovely animal sanctuary nearby too. The local pub, a 5 min walk away, offers good food and ales, and there is a PYO fruit farm just down the road too.

The owners offer croissants at £1 each every morning.

I imagine if the site was not so full, and the private campers were not there then it would be a great little place. As it was, the smell, waiting for the loos/showers, and the rather rude private campers and the noise from the nearby busy road at night ruined it somewhat :(  We decided to move on to another site.

Aug 3, 2015 by WellieNellie

Response from Camp Hartland

Thanks WellieNellie for taking the time to write your review. We have to agree with you that our private party of campers were particularly noisy. We are sorry to hear you experienced rudeness as well. Camp Hartland endeavours to help people feel relaxed and at home and it is a shame this time that you did not experience that. It was a busy weekend with beautiful weather and the campsite was most definitely more vibrant than usual. The Eco Loos are a new addition and we are pleased that they do ease the queues for the loo at busy times. We try to keep the wiffy smells at bay for the most part…. It would be great if you could make a return trip and experience Camp Hartland at its most peaceful, which is majority of the time, when I am sure you will have a pleasant stay.

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