Campsites to Explore - Close to Home

Salisbury

 

We are lucky to be located next to the beautiful and ancient city of Salisbury. Here you can visit Salisbury Cathedral, the tallest spire in the UK and housing one of the only remaining copies of the Magna Carta. Visit Old Sarum and Figsbury ring, both Iron Age hill forts and then walk through the stone streets and explore the medieval heart of the city. 

Nearby you can also explore Boscombe Down Aviation and the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop to get a taste of the military history that also surrounds the City.

For more culture you could explore Wilton House, or the National Trust  Palladian mansion of Stourhead, or take a visit to the famous Mottisfont Rose Gardens.

And of course, just up the road we have one of the best known, ancient wonders of the world: Stonehenge. The prehistoric monument. and world heritage site. 


Some Campsites to consider in the Salisbury Area:

For good food, we would recommend the following -

Historic & Cultural Eateries:

  • The Haunch of Venison - probably the oldest hostelry in Salisbury and certainly the most haunted: http://haunchpub.co.uk/
  • The Chapter House -  The stone for the Salisbury Cathedral, a mere five minute walk away, was cut in what is now the restaurant,  making the establishment about 800 years old: http://thechapterhouseuk.com/
  • The New Inn -  a traditional English public house, offering great food, award winning Ales: http://newinn-salisbury.co.uk/  

For International cuisine: 

Winchester

 

Why not visit the historic city of Winchester? Although there aren't any campsites within 7 miles ( except camping pubs - see section below). 


Holden Farm is the closest campsite to Winchester at 7 miles. It is a fully working farm based in the gorgeous South Downs. Although primarily for tents, it does allow small campervans (such as ours) but please be aware there is no electric hook up! Perhaps Ziggy with his 2 leisure batteries would be more ideal for here? https://www.holdenfarm.co.uk/


Abbotswood Campsite is a lovely little campsite based 3 miles from the lovely old town of 'New Arlesford'. From here you can catch the vintage steam train on the Watercress Line into Winchester itself, of to Alton and visit the house of Jane Austin. In addition, a short walk from the campsite, in the summer months, is an open air opera to add a bit of glam to your camping experience. Also easy walking distance to some of the ancient sites in the area (Oliver's Battery).

http://www.abbotstonewoodcamping.co.uk/


In Winchester itself we would recommend a dinner (or lunch) at the Chesil Rectory (Not Dog Friendly) https://www.chesilrectory.co.uk/

New Forest

 

The New Forest is an absolutely stunning area to visit Camp in a campsite on the edge of the New Forest and wonder in, or camp in the heart and have New Forest ponies wondering by the camper doors!


http://www.greenhillholidays.co.uk/ - Edge of the New Forest


https://www.campingintheforest.co.uk/england/new-forest - Various campsites in the heart of the New Forest - See our Camping and Caravanning Club section further down for more information!


Campsites to Explore - Further Afield

Weymouth

 

Weymouth, Chesil Beach and the Isle of Portland, 3 very good reasons to visit the beautiful south coast!  There are numerous events throughout the year, but also lots of history to explore with the forts, and if you fancy something different why not check out the Prison Cafe? 

We have 2 recommendations for you, as well as an amazing pub for dinner if you walk along Chesil Beach to Portland


Martleaves Farm - Situated as far along the peninsular towards Portland as you can camp, making it a very easy walk along the coastal path to Portland, but also not far into Weymouth itself:

http://www.weymouthcampingandcaravanpark.co.uk/


Pebble Bank - only a 2 mile walk into Weymouth and its picturesque Old Harbour (scattered with lovely pubs to eat, including some dog friendly) as well as the Blue Flag Beach

http://www.pebblebank.co.uk/


Don't forget to check out the Cove House Inn for fantastic food and amazing views of the sea and Chesil Beach - http://thecovehouseinn.co.uk/

Swanage

A beautiful coastal and historic fishing town, situatied in South East Dorset. First mentioned in records in 887 AD, Swanage is a wonderful place to base yourself to explore the beauty of the surrounding area. 


Visit the 1000 year old Royal Corfe Castle, undertake one of the scenic walks or partake in a historical event, alternatively embrace the summer evenings and attend the open air cinema of theatre.


Take a walk along the coast to explore Old Harry Rocks and Studland Bay, and maybe catch a view of the Isle of Wight. 


Or for a more leisurely day, why not take the Swanage Steam Railway from Swanage to Corfe Castle and beyond, and back again!


Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are only 40 mins away and well worth the visit.


The closest campsites to Swanage:

Or Camp at Corfe Castle:

Bath

Camp right alongside the River Avon on the edge of the beautiful city of Bath.


In the beautiful city of Bath you can soak yourself in the history of the city, with a visit to the ancient Roman Baths, book into a spa session with Thermae Bath Spa or enjoy the Baths museum, before undertaking lunch in the Roman Pump Rooms - don't forget to try the waters!


Take a stroll through the winding streets and visit the Abbey and don't forget to take a wander over the Pulteney Bridge which is exceptional for being one of the very few to have shops spanning its entire length. 


Why not take a traditional canal boat ride up the Avon and explore the surrounding area whilst lapping up the tranquillity. 


https://bathcaravanpark.com/

Campsite searches

For further ideas on campsites in the surrounding areas, or further afield, we tend to use 'Search for Sites'. Simply put in your desired location and it will find a range of campsites in the area, up to a specfiied radius. I would encourge you to filter out some types of campsites with the filter options - Service station stop overs, wild camping, daytime parking only, overnight parking - most of these do not have facilities of any kind, or are limited on the time you can stay there.


Find out more with the link here:

Eating with your dog

Are you hiring the Canine Companion Pakcage and taking your 4-legged friend with you? Don't always want to eat in the camper? Check out the Doggie Pubs website! Whilst it doesn't have every dog-friendly eatery on there, they are building up a good database: