7 great places to caravan in Dorset
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Dorset is a stunning county with the best of both worlds; picturesque villages and sleepy hamlets set in jaw-dropping countryside, but with the glorious Jurassic Coast to the south. It really does have it all and offers the ideal location for a caravan holiday, whatever your tastes may be.
Wherever you choose to stay in Dorset, you’ll be able to travel between places of interest easily enough, but with no motorways at all in the county, you could find yourself using country roads much of the time, meaning journeys could take a little longer! Before embarking on your trip, be sure to plan your route in advance to avoid any nasty surprises that involve you trying to squeeze down narrow lanes whilst towing a caravan!
There are so many amazing towns and villages in Dorset, you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to visit. It is a predominantly rural location but there’s so much to see, do and explore. Long walks, pub lunches, afternoon teas; it’s lovely to just take a drive and stop when you reach somewhere that takes your fancy - the possibilities are endless!
7 great Dorset locations...
If you’re after a location with a bit more going on, Weymouth could be the place for you. It’s great for families as it offers plenty of fun days out such as the Sealife Centre, Nothe Fort and Sandworld Sculpture Park. Or if you’re after a more relaxed break, there are plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafes to enjoy meals and snacks in between leisurely strolls. Other places of interest include Weymouth beach (think golden sands), Weymouth harbour, Chesil beach and Abbotsbury, which boasts a swannery and sub-tropical gardens.
A historic market town situated between Poole and Bridport, Dorchester offers a central location from which to explore the whole of Dorset. It is rich with culture and offers many activities to keep you occupied. For those after a bit of history there’s Maiden Castle and Athelhampton House and Gardens, and those who like a bit of culture will enjoy Dorset County Museum and Sculpture by the Lakes - 26 acres of beautiful grounds, dotted with sculptures of all shapes and sizes. There’s also plenty to keep the kids entertained - Dorset Falconry Park and Kingston Maurward Park and Gardens, not to mention Monkey World, which is only a short drive east.
Corfe Castle is a village as well as the site of the castle that shares its name. Located in a gap within the Purbeck Hills, the castle is a partial ruin, dating back to the 10th century. It is now owned by the National Trust and is open to the public. Besides the castle, a stroll around the picturesque village is delightful and the area is a hotspot for outdoor pursuits such as cycling and walking, not to mention Dorset Mud Trail (muddy is an understatement!) and Dorset Waterpark which are also close by.
Bournemouth is busy and bustling and perfect for an active, fun-filled break. There’s loads to keep you entertained, from glorious sunny days building sand castles on the beach, to venturing along the Victorian pier with its amusement arcade and zip wire! Let’s not forget the Oceanarium, mini golf and over 2,000 acres of park and gardens for the whole family to enjoy.
If you love sandy beaches and breathtaking rock formations, Durdle Door is sure to please. Part of the Jurassic Coast, it is a natural limestone arch, which is recognised world-wide. The area is great for relaxing picnics, walking, swimming and watersports (in the warmer months). If you want to venture to the surrounding areas, Lulworth Cove has much to offer with its own beautiful bay, the Lulworth Estate and Lulworth Heritage Centre. Just up the road in Bovington you’ll find the Tank Museum with the world’s finest collection of tanks making for a great family day out.
Sandbanks is one of the things Poole is famous for and is said to be the most expensive stretch of coastal real estate in the world, attracting celebrities and footballers to set up home here. The area is beautiful with its beach and harbour and once you’ve visited, you’ll soon see what the fuss is all about. Poole is great for keen walkers, with Compton Acres offering 10 acres of ornamental gardens - 5 main themed gardens, including a sub-tropical area. For the kids, there’s Poole Park and Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park, packed with farm animals and fun activities for all ages.
Swanage is a popular holiday spot and ideal for caravanners due to the wide variety or activities to choose from. From beautiful sandy beaches to stunning nature reserves, it’s a place that will be hard to forget. Studland Beach and Nature Reserve and Durlston Country Park offer beautiful landscapes for relaxing and exploring, whilst the Studland to Swanage Trail is a must for keen walkers. The 4.7 mile trail has a suggested timescale of 2-3 hours and ends at Old Harry Rocks, three impressive chalk formations and a World Heritage Site.
Book early to avoid disappointment
Have an idea of the places you’d most like to visit in Dorset, then research and explore the range of caravan sites available in the area. You could utilise a search site such as caravansitefinder or pitchup, or simply Google your chosen location and see what comes up. It’s a good idea to book ahead to secure your place as early as possible, especially this year when UK breaks are likely to be in high demand.
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