Tom's Field (Dorset)

UK England South West England Dorset Swanage & Isle of Purbeck

  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A short walk from the South West Coast Path and the great swimming spot at Dancing Ledge,

A short walk from the South West Coast Path and the great swimming spot at Dancing Ledge, and close to the pubs in Langton Matravers, is Tom’s Field. The site actually spreads across several semi-walled off areas, so you can find secluded nooks, or camp in the more open areas. There’s a well-stocked shop and decent shower block. No reservations are accepted except for long stays, so turn up early to bag a good pitch.



2 Basic family shower rooms, toilets and freezer pack storage. A mobile shop sells breakfast staples. Washing-up sinks. Otherwise, Tina concurs, ‘regulars seem to like things staying exactly as they are’.


Treat yourself to a boat trip along the Jurassic Coast from Swanage. Contact Marsh’s Boats (01929 427659).

Food & Drink

Stock up on local, organic and fair-trade produce, including bread and eggs, at the on-site shop; bring your own bag. Or check out the regular local produce Farmer’s Markets.

As well as the quaint Square & Compass (01929 439229) in Worth Matravers (a 5-minute drive or a half-hour walk away), the excellent Scott Arms (01929 480270) in Kingston has a garden and views of Corfe Castle.


Mid-Marc to end Oct


Pitches £16–£20 including 2 adults, 2 children and a car



Tom's Field (Dorset), Tom’s Field Road, Langton Matravers, Swanage, Dorset BH19 3HN

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Getting There

Leave the A35 onto the A351 or A352 (depending on direction) and proceed for 11 miles. Turn right onto Haycrafts Lane; after a mile turn left onto the B3069 and after another mile turn right onto Tom’s Field Road.

Take the train to Wareham and then the no. 40  bus, which stops at the end of Tom's Field Road in Langton Matravers


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Lovely peaceful campsite set amongst low stone walls and trees, with a small shop and a kiosk that does cooked breakfasts at weekends, or just a bowl of rice crispies if that's what you fancy. Very safe for young children who can charge about the fields chasing the many bunnies that call this home. Wake in the mornings to the sound of sheep bleating and cows mooing, and a skylark or two if you're lucky. A breathtaking location from where you can walk to the stunning coast cliffs. Although the swimming pool at Dancing Ledge was blasted out of the rocks for that very purpose, you're more likely to see coast-eering people in westuits and helmets than anyone in a cossie swimming gentle lengths.

Sep 2, 2012 by Vivienne

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