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.
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The Owner Says
Woodyhyde is a modern back-to-basic campsite set in the heart of the beautiful Purbeck countryside. 160 unmarked pitches on 3 fields across 13 acres where wild deer, pheasants and birds roam. The fields are large enough that it never feels full even during peak camping season. One field is bordered by a steam train, linking Corfe Castle and Swanage. A brand new facilities block houses 18 showers (including separate male and female disabled shower/toilet). A large shop selling camping essentials plus basics like bread, milk, eggs and local beers and ice creams.
Our favourite spotTents, dogs, groups – yes. Caravans – no.
The local area
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.
Best local places to eat and 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.
Why stay with us?
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.
Around 150 unmarked pitches on 3 fields across 13 acres, plus a handful of pitches with hook-up.
Family camping pitch
Adults £8, children (3- 13), children under 3 no charge, £4, a family of 4 £20, hook-up £5, shower tokens 50p.
Family FriendlyWaving 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.
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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