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The most scenic camping spots in the south west

11 March 2022

Idyllic locations, stunning scenery, and balmy summer’s evenings with the smell of the campfire wafting through the air – what’s not to love about camping?

Whether you’re taking a family trip during the summer holidays or are venturing out with friends, there’s no better way to relax and switch off from the world than with a camping trip. And with so many gorgeous camping locations around the south west, from camping in Devon and Dorset to South Downs and Isle of Wight, finding a place to pitch your tent will be easy enough. Looking for some inspiration? Here are some of the best places to camp in the south west of the UK: 

The best camping spots in the south west

Eweleaze Farm, Weymouth

Searching for a camping spot with a view? Eweleaze Farm is just the place! Situated between Durdle Door and Weymouth, this picturesque camping spot is the perfect place to admire the impressive Jurassic coastline. With a range of fun onsite activities and an exclusive private beach just on your doorstep, Eweleaze Farm is a great all-round spot for families, groups of friends and couples alike.

View over the sea from Eweleaze campsite

The nearest station to Eweleaze Farm is Moreton. From here, it’s just a half-hour journey on the number five bus.

Burnbake, Corfe Castle

If you want to reconnect with nature once and for all, make those special memories in a woodland location that feels straight out of a storybook. Situated near the historical Corfe Castle, Burnbake offers everything from traditional camping to luxury lodges, all within a magical woodland oasis. With lots of beaches and charming coastal towns nearby to explore, as well as a range of outdoor activities on offer, your trip won’t be short of fun and adventure.

Tents in the forest at Burnbake Campsite

To get here, catch a train to Corfe Castle, then hop in an eight-minute taxi to the campsite.

Hook Farm, Lyme Regis

Located in a beautiful, terraced garden valley within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Hook Farm is the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy the scenery. With camping, glamping and caravan options available, there’s something for everyone in this quiet retreat. Nearby activities include picturesque walking routes, fossil hunting and plenty of pubs and restaurants to keep you going along the way.

A tent and the view towards Lyme Regis at Hook Farm campsite

The nearest station to Hook Farm is Axminster. Once you’ve arrived, catch the X53 bus and ride for around 23 minutes to reach your camping destination.

Trill on the Hill, Axminster

If you’re looking for a true break from reality, then Trill on the Hill will be your ideal camping spot. Set on the border between Dorset & East Devon, this remote campsite consists of a rugged hilltop, a couple of chicken pens and space for just 20 tents. Get back in touch with nature as you take part in activities such as food foraging and bush-craft skills, before settling down for a blissful evening with a good book.

A tent in a small glen at Trill on the Hill campsite

You can get to Trill on the Hill by hopping on the train to Axminster before riding for around half an hour on the number 885 bus.

Waverly Park Holiday Centre, Isle of Wight

Ranked as one of the most popular camping spots on the Isle of Wight, Waverly Park Holiday Centre has so much to offer. This family-run campsite boasts stunning coastal views and offers an onsite swimming pool, making it the perfect family camping destination. In the evenings during the warmer months, head to the bar for some delicious food, drinks and top-quality evening entertainment to enjoy as you eat.

A view over the water from Waverley Park campsite

The nearest station to Waverly Park Holiday Centre is Portsmouth and Southsea. From there take the Hovercraft to Ryde Hoverport, then catch the number four bus towards East Cowes and get off at John Nash Avenue. Book your trip in advance and combine your train and ferry tickets to save money and make your journey just that little bit easier.

Night Pastures, South Downs

If you prefer a touch of luxury with your camping, then head to Night Pastures in South Downs. Offering high-quality glamping options with 24 hectares of tranquil open space for you to enjoy, this idyllic retreat would have you believe that you’re far more than 20-minutes from civilisation. Get back to nature with a walk through the ancient woods or simply relax and breathe in the fresh, country air as you settle into life in the wilderness.

Interior of a yurt at Night Pastures campsite

From Haslemere, Night Pastures is just a 10-minute taxi journey away.

Rosewall Camping, Weymouth

Rural location? Check. Stunning coastal views? Check. If your idea of camping heaven includes beautiful scenery, then Rosewall Camping in Weymouth is the perfect place for you. Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this idyllic camping spot is bursting with beautiful plants and a whole host of wildlife for you to live among. Make the most of the beautiful coastline with a trip to the nearby sand and shingle beach, or take up a spot of fishing at Wally’s & Meadow Lake.

A view over the Jurassic coastline with a tent at Rosewall campsite in the foreground

The nearest station to Rosewall Camping is Weymouth. Once you’ve arrived, it’s just a 25-minute journey on X54 bus.

With so many beautiful camping destinations in the south west, why not take the leap and book your trip? If you’re ready to get planning, then explore our flexible range of ticket types to find the right one for your journey and book your train tickets today. And remember that if you have a Railcard, you could save even more on your fare. Looking for more holiday inspiration? Take a look at our guide to the quirkiest places to stay in the south west.