UK England South West England Dorset Swanage & Isle of Purbeck

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A charming throwback to the camping and glamping of yesteryear.

It's a known fact that Dorset has its fair share of brilliant campsites, but somehow, Woodyhyde still manages to stand out amongst them.  Essentially, it's a fantastic family campsite, spread over three separate fields: a small field adjacent to the Swanage Steam Railway line, a spacious medium field, where you’ll also find the main facilities block, and a large field with acres of room and broad, countryside views.  The wide open nature of the fields makes the site perfect for ball games and larking about in the sun.  But despite the peaceful nature of the surrounding countryside, you will still be able to hear the roaring steam engine of the Swanage Railway throughout the day now and again.  Being based on the Isle of Purbeck, you're just a stone's throw from some of the great beaches and coastal views that align Dorset's famed Jurassic Coast. Be sure to take time to visit the iconic Durdle Door –  a huge natural limestone sea arch, and, more importantly, an unmissable photo opportunity. 



Dogs are allowed in 2 fields; the large field is dog-free. A brand new facilities block houses 18 showers (including separate male and female disabled shower/toilet). This new block also external washing up sink. A small shop at reception is open mornings and evenings selling camping essentials plus basics like bread, milk, eggs and local beers and ice creams. They also offer icepack re-freezing and calor-gas bottle exchange. The large field is the focal point for kids to get together and make friends, and there’s usually an impromptu game of football, frisbee or chase going on in all that lovely space. 

Suitable For

Tents, dogs, groups – yes. Caravans – no. 


Situated on the Isle of Purbeck makes it the ideal place for discovering the Jurassic Coast, Corfe Castle and nearby villages. Swanage with its white sandy beaches and Victorian pier is a short drive away. 

Food & Drink

The nearest pub is 15 mins walk way through beautiful countryside. Recently been upgraded to AA 3 pennant status and hold a bronze David Bellamy award.



Family Friendly

Waving at steam trains and choosing which ice creams to eat have always been our favourite pastimes. Timeless, traditional Woodyhyde Campsite can offer both. Sometimes even at the same time.


Adults £8, children (3- 13), children under 3 no charge, £4, a family of 4 £20, hook-up £5, shower tokens 50p.


Around 150 unmarked pitches on 3 fields across 13 acres, plus a handful of pitches with hook-up.

Family camping pitch

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 4 8 Available
Suitable for 2 adults & 2 children. Swanage beach is a 10 minute drive. Turn right on to the main road and follow until you see the beach!

Standard pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 4 7 Available
Suitable for tents of all sizes. Swanage beach is a 10 minute drive. Turn right on to the main road and follow until you see the beach!

The Cozy Camper

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 3
A rustic shepherd hut providing a real bed, a kitchenette with mod cons and an ensuite toilet for those not quite ready to give up on all of home comforts.


Woodyhyde, Valley Road, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5HT

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Getting There

From the village of Corfe Castle, take the A351 towards Swanage. A mile outside Corfe, look out for the ‘Woodyhyde’ sign and turning on the right, then follow the track under the bridge and into the campsite.

Take the train to Wareham, then bus 142 (not very regular, unfortunately) to Harman's Cross. The bus will stop at the top of Valley Road, and the campsite is about 350 metres down the track from the main road.


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Rated ★★★★☆ over 3 reviews


Not Cool Camping!

We stayed here for 3 nights recently and it was not a pleasant experience. This camp site was so over crowded I question it's safety. Their relaxed pitching policy was taken way too far and the camp rules completely overlooked, with revenue definitely taking priority over comfort and safety. We came home one day from a day out to find a tent either side, each one metre from ours. There was no room for our car - clearly pitching was not monitored. The camp site owner was totally unwilling to resolve the issue. Won't be returning.
Sep 8, 2015 by suziedoyle

brilliant site

We love this site we have been coming for years and it never fails to impress. Well tended pitches clean showers and toilets, water is always hot. Well stocked shop. Not forgetting the steam trains.
May 4, 2015 by shaunyshaun

May break

From arrival to departure, this relaxing family orientated campsite hits all the spots. Roomy, spacious site with a choice of well tended pitches. There are a large amount of electric hook up points spread across the site leaving it up to you where you want to pitch. This is the sixth year we have visited this site and improvements and changes are made every time we visit. There is the added attraction of the Swanage steam railway which runs through my families favourite field, the kids love waving at the train as it chuff's it's way past.. There is a well equipped shop that stocks an array of equipment, food, snacks, alcohol. Facilities are also clean tidy and plentiful.
May 26, 2014 by Dunk

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