Famous for its fossil-packed Jurassic coastline and mild climate, Dorset is a fantastic holiday spot. The picturesque part of the country certainly proved popular in our Top 100 Sites Guide, where we revealed the best motorhome sites in the UK, with six parks making it onto our list.
It’s easy to see why the beautiful county is a favourite. Walkers can explore the South West Coast Path, which begins at Poole Harbour, while families will gravitate to Weymouth and Bournemouth. Nearby, Sandbanks is indeed famous for its sands – and eye-watering house prices! Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door draw the tourists, while inland, don’t miss the Cerne Abbas Giant and historic Corfe Castle. Other highlights include many places that feature in author Thomas Hardy’s Wessex.
If you’re planning to head to Dorset to take in the many natural wonders on offer, be sure to take a look at this guide, where we reveal the best motorhome sites in Dorset.
The best motorhome sites in Dorset are…
Back of Beyond Touring Park
234a Ringwood Road, East Moors Lane, St Leonards BH24 2SB, http://www.backofbeyondtouringpark.co.uk/
- Open: 1 March – 31 October
- Touring pitches: 93
- Pitch+2+hook-up: £23-£48
Set within 30 acres of picturesque countryside, Back of Beyond has held onto its Regional Winner title for three years now, and it’s easy to see how it made its way onto our best motorhome parks round-up. Its green credentials play a big part in its success, with the 18 acres of woodland, heathland, lakes and a river all offering habitats for a variety of wildlife. The area around the lake is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), due to the rare species – including dragonflies, birds, fish, heron and otters – that can be found there, while the campsite has won a David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award for several years running. In 2020, it was presented with a special award by David’s son, Rufus.
A large and secure dog-walking area is on offer, while your canine companions can go off-lead when exploring the woods; however, they’re not allowed into the SSSI, near the lakes or in the river.
The facilities on site are excellent – you’ll find four heated, recently refurbished toilet and shower blocks, while four-legged friends will be able to enjoy a warm-water dog-wash. The bar has also been extended, while upgrades to the pitches have also been carried out. Food vendors visit the park, while you also have the option of hiring fire pits.
- Regional winner 2022
- Dog-friendly site
- Green credentials
With plenty of green space and excellent facilities, this is a park that is a worthy regional winner.
Bagwell Farm Touring Park
Chickerell, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4EA, http://www.bagwellfarm.co.uk/
- Open: All year
- Touring pitches: 280
- Pitch+2+hook-up: £21-£44
Located next to Chesil Beach on the world-famous Jurassic coast, Bagwell Farm offers easy access to the best of the county, with Weymouth and Portland nearby, and a short trip inland to the Cerne Abbas Giant. Among the many facilities on site, you’ll find a shop, launderette, serviced pitches, showers and bathrooms. The Red Barn restaurant is open daily in high season. Children will enjoy the play area and meeting the farm’s two resident donkeys.
- Restaurant open daily during high season
- Open all year
Bagwell Farm provides a relaxed base for exploring the beauty of Dorset.
East Fleet Touring Park
Chickerell, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4DW, http://www.eastfleet.co.uk/
- Open: 16 March – 30 October
- Touring pitches 390
- Pitch+2+hook-up: £26-£42
Another park near Chesil Beach, East Fleet sits at the heart of a 200-acre organic farm on the shores of the Fleet Lagoon, overlooking the sea. It’s only three miles to the seaside town of Weymouth, making this a great place to relax with all the attractions of a beach resort just up the road. Facilities are excellent, with three amenities blocks (one with underfloor heating), including family shower rooms and disabled toilet and shower rooms. The WhyNot Inn opens in the evenings, and food vendors offer pizza and fish and chips.
- Close to the beach
- Underfloor heating in one of the amenities blocks
Wonderful views are a certainty when you stay at East Fleet.
Monkton Wyld Holiday Park
Scott’s Lane, Charmouth, Dorset DT6 6DB, http://www.monktonwyld.co.uk/
- Open: 11 February – 7 November
- Touring pitches: 155
- Pitch+2+hook-up: £26.50-£42.50
Just a three-mile hop from the coastal village of Charmouth and the harbour town of Lyme Regis, this park is set in 25 acres of landscaped grounds within Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As well as touring, it has holiday home and farmhouse accommodation. Recent upgrades include new facilities, with disabled access – the park has been awarded Loo of the Year for the past three years. There’s a children’s play area, and for canine friends, two dog-walks and a dog-wash. The site has a David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award.
- Winner of the Loo of the Year for past three years
- Holiday home and farmhouse accommodation available
Tranquil and picturesque, this dog-friendly motorhome park is well worth considering.
South Lytchett Manor
Dorchester Road, Lytchett Minster, Poole BH16 6JB, http://www.southlytchettmanor.co.uk/
- Open: 1 March – 2 January
- Touring pitches: 150
- Pitch+2+hook-up: £22-£44
A range of excellent pitches can be found at the park that was the winner of the AA’s Campsite of the Year 2021. Sitting in 20 acres of peaceful parkland, the site is ideally situated for heading to Bournemouth, Dorchester, Poole, Swanage and Weymouth. A modern shower and toilet facilities are on offer at the dog-friendly site, while an adventure playground will keep children entertained. A new cafe has been added recently, while food traders also visit the site.
- Cafe added recently
This peaceful site is ideally placed for heading to some of Dorset’s most picturesque locations.
Springfield Touring Park
Candy’s Lane, Corfe Mullen, Dorset BH21 3E, springfieldtouringpark.co.uk
- Open: 1 April – 31 October
- Touring pitches: 45
- Pitch+2+hook-up: £28
Nestled in 3.5 acres of mature trees near Wimborne, this small, family-run site gives visitors the chance to explore the heart of the Dorset countryside. Wimborne Minster is 1.5 miles away and it’s just a short drive to reach Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch. Most of the 45 pitches are hardstanding and all provide electric hook-up. Facilities include a shower block, laundry room, a drying area and an undercover dish-wash zone. Under-12s can make use of the fenced-off play area.
- Play area for under-12s
- All pitches provide electric hook-up
This is a small yet stunning campsite that makes a great base for exploring the Dorset countryside.
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