Harman’s Cross Camping Park
Haycrafts Lane, Swanage, Dorset. BH19 3EB
A new campsite on the Purbeck block on the southern tip of Dorset, this wide, spacious eight-acre pasture adjacent to the Swanage Railway line is open for a brief period in high summer, and the rest of the time is home to grazing cattle. Pitch around the top edges for sheltered, level ground and lovely views. There are also a few hideaway corners for those seeking privacy.
A few roly-polys downhill is all it takes to reach the station where steam trains tootle by on their hourly missives to and from the coast. Swanage is the closest town to explore, and the steam train will whizz you there in minutes. Its Victorian pier and fabulous views across to the Needles on the Isle of Wight are popular with families. Studland features a beautiful, natural, sweeping sandy five-mile bay where Old Harry Rocks lives; an impressive chalk headland that has seen many shipwrecks in its time. The water is shallow and the beach is clean: another hit among parents. Behind the beach lots of rare birds flit in and out of the Nature Reserve. Back at the ranch, cleaning off the sand takes place in new facilities, a basic cabin with hot, free showers.
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Perfect Family Camping
I loved this campsite because we had so much space and the kids could just play games and run around. It also had cut grass (unlike a lot of the campsites we visit) which was just nicer for the kids to run around on. Stunning views and extremely friendly owners both in terms of booking procedure and on arrival. Unfortunately the train freaked our dog out which was a shame... so beware if you have a sensitive pooch. There's also a community playground that you can use at the entrance to the campsite. The field is huge, so you could end up far away from the facilities (which didn't bother us) but probably worth mentioning! The facilities were very new and kept extremely clean. I loved this campsite and would recommend it to anyone! So much to do in the local area too... Visit dancing ledge and take a swim in the small pool created in the rock ledge (really worth a visit). There is so much to do in the surrounding area that we went back for a second trip so that we could do all the things we didn't do first time round. We would highly recommend catching the steam train from Harman's Cross to Corfe Castle and then having a cream tea in the beautiful garden of the National Trust cafe.
We have stayed at this site on numerous occasions with both our tent and caravan. The site is run by a lovely couple called Karen and Mark who take immense pride in the upkeep of their facilities. It is a peaceful site, perfect for young families as there is a terrific play area at the end of the lane, and Harmans Cross station is a three minute walk away. During the day you get to sample the sights and sounds of a real steam railway, waving to all on board is optional !!!! Swanage beach is a short drive away and so is Corfe Castle. With the sites central location it makes for a great base for visiting the delights of Dorset. Fish,chips and pubs are close by too.