Chettle Campsite

UK England South West England Dorset Blandford Forum

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Rustic, quirky back-to-basics camping beside a Dorset village that time forgot

The first thing you learn about the Dorset village of Chettle is that its village store has a good line in award-winning pies. There’s a sign announcing as much on the A354. But, before you reach the little tin-clad shop that’s selling these lauded pastry goods, there’s another sign funnelling campers off the country lane, onto a farm track and into a tree-lined meadow. This is where you’ll pitch your tent,  in the grassy surrounds of Chettle Campsite. Pitch first, pies later.

“The best way to describe Chettle,” says the man behind the first campsite in the village, “is to say it’s quirky and it’s rustic.” This, coming from a man whose idea of a hot tub is an iron bath set over a fire beneath the stars, means you can’t help but be curious about the place. His campsite is several acres in size, with cars parked away from tents and simple facilities that suit a summer-only site reached by mown pathway through the grass. There are a couple of compost loos, a couple of open-air washing-up sinks and a pair of rustic showers with water warmed only by the sun (finger’s crossed). The central focus of the place is the communal campfire and a little field shelter for protection from whichever element might prove a bit too much.

Along with seasoned campers who arrive with their own family tents, the site has a fairly even mix of pre-pitched bell tents too, whose cream-coloured canvas adds to the field's rustic appeal. Bell tents can be rented, furnished or unfurnished; there are six of each available and a handful of campervan pitches too. The thing that’s common to them all is a dug-out fire pit and plenty of room for sunbathing, stargazing and generally enjoying yourself. Rustic it may be, but rough around the edges it is not. The whole thing is carefully planned and when you find out that Paul (‘the man’ behind the site) has 20 years in events planning, it’ll come as no surprise.

And what of 'quirky' Chettle village? It’s a five-minute walk across the fields past “the big house”, a Grade I listed country manor whose estate includes, not only the camping field, but the whole of settlement beyond. There’s a 13th-century church, an eccentric and popular restaurant that's like something out of a Hardy novel and the time-forgotten village store, of course, with it’s award-winning pies. If you want to continue walking, meanwhile, the village sits on the Jubilee Way, a 90-mile footpath through the Dorset countryside. This is the Cranbourne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a great place to explore that feels a million miles away from the Dorset most of us know. In truth the Jurassic Coast, Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and the like are only a 40-minute drive. Likewise Salisbury and Stonehenge. All close enough to visit but far enough to forget if you want to stay away from summer crowds.

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Facilities

Chettle Campsite is an opportunity for a genuine off-grid camping experience. The emphasis here is on relaxing, retreat in the great outdoors, and avoiding the crowds! Each pitch is spacious and curated to allow for plenty of privacy. Everything here is geared towards simplicity and making a minimal impact on the land. We have well-kept compost loos and two homemade cool freshwater camping showers. A washing-up station for brushing your teeth, having a splash, and washing your dishes. There's no electricity on site which is just how we like it! Campfires are thoroughly encouraged and a flame-grilled meal charred to perfection is an essential part of the Chettle experience. We arrange open-air yoga classes, secluded open-air hot baths for two in an iron cast tub under the stars.

Suitable For

The site is well welcoming to all comers but will suit those with a love camping life and the great outdoors more than most. We provide our own bell tent pitches which come fully furnished for our glampers or just carpeted (blank canvass) for the fully prepared. There are 15 grass pitches available for tents and we welcome live-in vehicles and campervans which have their own allocated pitches. We have a small allocation of space for drop-ins at the management's discretion. We promote a hardy rustic approach, starlit log fires, relaxation, and exploration. Well-behaved dogs are welcomed on site but sadly not in our furnished bell tents. Music and instruments are welcomed as long as your respecting your neighbours but all music is wound down at 1030 pm. Please don't bring glitter! You wouldn't want it on your living room floor and we don't like it in our tents or our field.

Nearby

The site is just a 5-minute walk from Chettle Village which sits on the famous Jubilee Path. The Jubilee is an amazing trail that links Cranbourne Chase to the Chalke Valleys and beyond. Our location is all about rural adventure, the quiet of the countryside, and beating the crowds! There are endless opportunities for ambling, rambling, hiking, cycling, wild swimming, or pulling up a hay bale and relaxing in the sun. Yet we are just a short distance away from some of the best Dorset has to offer. The Jurassic Coast including the world-famous Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, and Kimmeridge Bay are all within 40 minutes drive and we can suggest a few lesser-known gems too. Tisbury is within 25 minutes and is home to Messums Museum and Art Gallery, cafes, pubs, and river walks. Salisbury, Stone, and Wood Henge are within 30 minutes, Bournemouth and Poole and Dorsets Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty also within 40 minutes drive as are Corfe Castle and Shaftesbury. The area is studded with natural history sites, nature reserves, RSBB sites, castle ruins, and proper country pubs.

Food & Drink

Chettle has a well-stocked shop selling everything you will need for your camping trip and specializing in local produce. They supply treats for your breakfast frying to your sundowners and the ice to keep it cool. The village is also home to The Castleman (please book in advance!)

Restuarant https://www.favouritetable.com/Dorset/The-Castleman-Hotel for outstanding food in a beautiful lawned setting. The award-winning Museum pub is approximately a 25-minute walk from the site and the outstanding Drovers Inn is within a 5-minute drive. The area also hosts dozens of local farm produce shops and butchers and garden markets and once a week there will be local homemade goods and pizzas available to buy on site.

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July–September.

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The Owner Says

Chettle Campsite is an opportunity for a genuine camping experience. The site sits in a tree-lined meadow that opens out into the rolling Dorset Downlands. The meadow, its wildflowers, and our carefully curated pitches allow for a comfy chic meets wild camping feel. The emphasis here is on relaxing, a retreat into the great outdoors, and avoiding the crowds.

Our pitches include fire pits where campfires are thoroughly encouraged. We consider a star-lit evening with a flame-grilled hearty meal and a cool drink an essential part of the experience. We light a large communal fire at the center of the site three times a week for people to gather around and share their day's adventures. If it's rainy (or too sunny!) you can get comfortable in our 'library' a sheltered space where you can relax in a hammock, pull up a sofa, or a hay bale with a book.

Everything here is geared towards simplicity, a rustic feel, and making a minimal impact on the land. We will recommend the best kept local secrets for you, arrange your yoga classes and you can book a secluded, hot, open-air bath for two in an iron cast tub under the stars.

Pitches

21 grassy pitches and 12 bell tents

Fully Furnished 5m Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 5 6 Available
Our fully furnished 5 meter Bell Tents sit in their own private mowed pitches and include one double bed / two single beds / carpets / rugs / cushions & blankets / Additional beds on request / a large awning / hay bales / fire pit / tripod grill / kettle & cafetiere / crockery & cutlery / solar fairy lights inside and out.

Blank Canvas 5m Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 6 6 Available
Our blank canvas 5 meter Bell Tents sit in their own private mowed pitches in the tree lined meadow. Each is fully carpeted, and has its own private fire pit and grill and sit in a prime location in the meadow. These blank canvasses are perfect for those who come prepared with their own creature comforts. Make it your own space, a home from home.

Grass Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 15 Available
Our grass pitches sit in pre mowed areas in the tree lined meadow with their own private fire pit. You are just a stones throw from the village and the bell tents but in a quiet and secluded spot. You can see Chettle Manor through the trees in this beautiful, often shady part of the site.

Grass pitch for campervan or caravan

Grass pitch Sleeps 4 6 Available
Scenic, grass pitches under the treeline of the wildflower meadow. You'l have beautiful views of both the sunrise and sunset, the bell tents and the village in the distance. Each comes with its own fire pit and grill and sleeps up to 4 people in one, self contained vehicle.

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Getting There

Approaching Chettle via the A354, you will see large road signs advertising Chettles Shop and its award-winning pies. Turn off the A354 and onto the village road towards Chettle. Within 0.25 of a mile, you will see the sign for the campsite, turn right onto the lane (suitable for all vehicles) and follow it to the entrance of the campsite. Please only park in the allocated areas and drive slowly at all times.

Approaching Chettle from the north via Common Drove, Royal Tollard, or Farnham you will find yourselves on Millers Lane. Follow this to the A354 and turn right. Take the very next right in approximately 300 yards heading towards Chettle. Within 0.25 of a mile, you will see the sign for the campsite, turn right onto the lane (suitable for all vehicles) and follow it to the entrance of the campsite. Please only park in the allocated areas and drive slowly at all times.

The nearest train station is in Tisbury which is approximately 25 minutes away by taxi. Buses are available but limited and will require some research of your own. If you contact us well in advance we may be able to arrange a car for you.

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