Unfurnished Bell Tent (1 at Donkey Down Camping at Culliford Tree)
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About Donkey Down Camping at Culliford Tree
Suitable ForTents, campervans, children, dogs, bikes and motorbikes – yes. Caravans, motorhomes, hen and stag parties, fireworks – no.
It's terrific walking country, rich in atmospheric locations. Five minutes' walk from the site and you're on the South Dorset Ridgeway, an ancient ceremonial route, while another 20 minutes on foot leads you to the famous Osmington White Horse, with the farm shop and tearoom in the small village of Osmington another 30 minutes beyond. Following a path west through the site instead will eventually lead you to the highest point in Dorset, the Hardy Monument – the surrounding countryside was the backdrop for many of Thomas Hardy's novels.
It's a 10-minute drive to the coast at Weymouth, where there's a long, sandy beach and boat trips from the harbour. The Jurassic Coast, east of town, offers any number of other fabulous beaches, coves, walks, and views – don't miss the stunning rock formations and circular bay at Lulworth Cove, under half an hour's drive from the site. Inland, it's 10 minutes by car to the country town of Dorchester, for Roman villa remains, a castle, museums, shops, cafes, and restaurants. Further afield, it's around a 30-minute drive to the beautiful National Trust site of Corfe Castle, and from here you can jump on the steam trains of the Swanage Railway, for a yesteryear jaunt down to the coast to the resort of Swanage.
Food & Drink
There's a bar and pop-up restaurant on the site for proper coffee and beers, wine and cocktails, and locally sourced food – think bacon-and-egg rolls for breakfast (vegan alternatives available), locally foraged mushrooms, and pizza and burger nights. You can walk to Osmington village (up to an hour's stroll), where there's a small farm shop and tearoom, Craig's Farm Dairy (01305 834591), with grazing cows on farm paddocks that look out over the coast. Or it's a five-minute drive to either Broadmayne or Preston for village stores and pubs (plus two fish-and-chip shops in Preston). Local pub favourites are the Black Dog (01305 854021) at Broadmayne – a village inn with an inventive bistro menu – or the Springhead (01305 832117) in the village of Sutton Poyntz, which is also really good for locally sourced food and a bunch of real ales. In Weymouth, you can take your pick, but the child- and dog-friendly Dorset Burger Company (01305 780888) and the Italian fine-dining place Al Molo (01305 839888) are well regarded. At Ferrybridge on the road to Portland, the Crab House Cafe (01305 788867) is a real treat; oysters from their own beds, fresh crab platters, and fish and seafood all landed with 40 miles.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 11 reviews
Gorgeous, relaxed, clean, green campsite
Fantastic camping with my boys
Lovely campsite in a great location
Best campsite on the Dorset coastline
Donkey Down Camping at Culliford Tree is located at Chalky Road, Whitcombe, Dorset DT2 8NL
From the east, travelling along the A353, pass through the village of Osmington and go down White Horse Hill into Preston (the White Horse is to your right and Weymouth Bay to the left). Once you've entered the 30mph zone, take the first turning on your right, onto Sutton Road. Follow the road and fork to the left when you reach Plaisters Lane. Continue up the hill along the narrow road until you reach the top of Coombe Valley Road. Turn right and follow the road up to the crossroads. Continue straight ahead and, immediately, you will see the entrances to the camping fields on the left and right.
From the Weymouth Relief Road (the A354 – the main route between Dorchester and Weymouth), take the first exit onto the A353 Littlemoor Road. Remain on the A353 for a mile and a half, passing Goulds Garden Centre on the left. Head towards Chalbury Corner and take the last exit on the left, Coombe Valley Road, before reaching the roundabout. Continue on this road for just over a mile until a crossroads is reached. Pass straight across and the camping fields can be seen on the left and right.From Weymouth train station, make the short walk to the bus stops at King's Statue, and take a bus to Chalbury Corner, which is the closest bus stop to the site. From there, it's a five-minute taxi drive along Coombe Valley road or a 45-minute walk to the site.