Camping

We now run three separate campsites in the Osmington area. The opening dates are shown in yellow below.

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Our Campsites
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'PARADISE VALLEY' CAMPING AT NORTHDOWN
We open our Northdown Farm for tent camping for a total of just 4 weeks in the year. We open first for the Whitsun half term holiday, and then again in July. Located in an area known locally as 'Paradise Valley' the site covers several hedged fields in this area of outstanding natural beauty.

Accessed by a track down from the main road the campsite is quiet, secluded and safe for children. The farm runs up to East Hill (the North Down), from where there are amazing panoramic views over Dorset.



View to White Horse Hill over Northdown Campsite

  
Northdown Camping



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The site is run along very similar lines to the popular Eweleaze Farm. Like at Eweleaze, guests are able to choose their own pitch, so friends and families can camp in groups as they please and parking by your tent is allowed on most of the fields. There is loads of room for kids to run around, fly kites, play ball games and the like.

Campfires are allowed, adding to the atmosphere, and firewood is available from the farm shop.
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FACILITIES

  • Toilets - every field has toilets available
  • Showers - there are free hot showers on site
  • Washing up - washing up sinks are available around the site
  • Recycling facilities - these are available around the site - as an 'eco' site we try hard to recycle
  • Pets - pets are welcome
  • Ice pack exchange - this is available in the Northdown farm shop
  • Animals - we have tame goats, sheep, dogs etc for the children to see and touch
  • Courtesy bus - this runs every day to the beach (from 20th July)

Camping Field at Northdown Farm




FARM SHOP

In the central area we have a farm shop, which sells almost entirely organic produce including beef and lamb from the farm, pork, eggs, milk, cheese, bread, vegetables, beers, ciders and wines, as well as firewood, gas, bbqs, charcoal and other essentials.

We have our own organic bakery producing a range of breads, cakes and pastries.

Also in the central area we sell organic

  • Pizzas
  • Filled rolls
  • Toasted sandwiches
  • Ice creams
  • Tea and coffee




BEACHES

There are a number of good beaches in the area.

Eweleaze Farm - this is 2.5km from the site. Note there is no parking available at Eweleaze. The beach is a quiet, shingly cove running out to a rocky headland.

Ringstead Bay - this bay is 6km from Northdown, along a toll road, £5 including parking for the day.

Bowleaze Cove - popular with windsurfers, this beach is 3.5km from the site. Free on-road parking.

Weymouth - this is a long sandy beach with a typical English seaside theme. It does get busy in season.

For others try www.dorsetbeaches.co.uk

Beach at Redcliff / Eweleaze Farm - 20 mins walk
Beach at Redcliff Point, taken from Eweleaze Farm




AREA AND ACTIVITIES - print the guide

The South West Coast path runs approx 2km to the south of the site, with walks to Osmington Mills, Ringstead, Durdle Door and Lulworth to the east and Weymouth to the west. Beyond Weymouth, across the bay, is the Isle of Portland, the venue for the 2012 sailing Olympics.

Weymouth Harbour
Weymouth is 5km and has a sandy beach, a harbour and very good nightlife. Dorchester with its museums, market and other attractions is about 10km. There are loads of attractions in the surrounding area.

This coastline forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, so fossil hunting is one more activity for the kids (and adults!).




SHOPS, PUBS AND CAFES - print the guide

The nearest shops are the Spar and Co-op located 1km down the road towards Weymouth. In Weymouth itself there is a large range of shops, supermarkets and restaurants. Dorchester is less hectic in the summer, and has more upmarket shops for crafts, gifts and antiques.

We have a number of good pubs within walking distance of the site. Of note is the Springhead which is a short walk from the back of the site, and the Spice Ship on the main road, also within walking distance.

For local food and drink the West Dorset website is very comprehensive



CAMPING DATES (nights)

Spring
23rd to 31st May (leaving on 1st June)


Summer
11th to 29th July (leaving on 30th July)


Current real-time availability is shown when you login to the booking system.






FEES FOR 2014

Adults
£5/night Sunday to Thursday nights, and
£10/night for Friday and Saturday nights (and Sunday of the bank holiday weekend)

Children 3-14 inclusive
£2.50/night Sunday to Thursday nights, and
£5/night for Friday and Saturday nights (and Sunday of the bank holiday weekend)

Vehicles
Flat fee of £10 for each vehicle brought onto site for the stay (note we do not allow camper vans)

No charge for: Infants under 3, pets, extra tents, gazebos etc etc





BOOKING PROCEDURE

Bookings are taken exclusively by debit/credit card on the online booking system (link below). No bookings can be taken by phone or email. Note there is a 2% fee for using credit cards - no fee for debit cards..

A 10% non-refundable deposit is payable immediately on booking.

After paying the deposit, you may log back into your booking at any time using your booking reference number, and change the dates, numbers of people and other details, subject to dates still being available.

You must pay the balance of your booking at least 2 weeks before your stay otherwise it will automatically cancel. We do not store card details - you must log back into the system to do this. We send reminders three weeks before your stay.

Note that your booking cannot be changed after it is fully paid.

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Watermeadows at Northdown Paradise Valley Campsite




TRAVEL AND DIRECTIONS - print the guide

By Car

From the West (Weymouth)
proceed through Preston and up the hill.
Soon after the sign the entrance to Northdown Farm will be seen on the left hand side.

From the East (A35) take the B3390 and A353 to Osmington. Drive through the village and out the other side past the sign.
Go down the hill for 800m, and the entrance to Northdown Farm will be seen on the right hand side.

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland

By train
National Rail to Weymouth, from Bournemouth/Southampton/Waterloo, Bristol/Bath and other locations

By coach
National Express to Weymouth, from Bournemouth and other locations

X53 Jurassic Coastline bus which runs from Poole to Exeter. Get off at The Spice Ship, Preston (see On Foot directions below) £7.70/adult - £5.70/child, single for any distance on this service. This ticket also allows travel on the Bournemouth-Poole local bus for connections.

By local bus from Weymouth

4A Weymouth to Silver St, Sutton Poyntz, £1.90/adult - £1.40/child, single, walk from here
X43 Weymouth to The Spice Ship, Preston, £2.30/adult - £1.60/child, single, walk from here
X53
Weymouth to The Spice Ship, Preston, £2.50/adult - £1.70/child, single, walk from here

By taxi from Weymouth
Weyline 01305 777777, Weytax 01305 773636, Bee Cars 01305 761321, Fleetline 01305 777333.
Should be around £9.00 from Weymouth train station or bus terminal. Make sure you get a driver who is prepared to drop you right down to reception, not just at the top of the hill (some will, some won't).

On foot
• From the South Dorset Ridgeway, down the footpath from near the remains of Northdown Barn
• From the SW coast path, take the public footpath at Bowleaze through Waterside Caravan Park and onto Church Lane. Follow this to the main road by the Spice Ship, then:
• From The Spice Ship, Preston along Sutton Road, bear right for the Springhead pub. After the Springhead (after the pond) at the end of the road turn right into White Horse Lane. The site is at the end of this lane.
• From Silver Street, Sutton Poyntz, North along Silver St or Sutton Road. After the Springhead at the end of the road (after the pond) turn right into White Horse Lane. At the end of this lane you will find the site.

Walkers
If you are walking this stretch of the SW Coast Path, you may like to know that you can get your luggage forwarded on from your last stay, and on to the next site when you leave. Please see www.luggagetransfers.co.uk / 0800 043 7927 for more details.

Arrival
There are no time limits for arrival and departure. Please go to reception on arrival

View of the Isle of Portland, looking over Northdown Campsite

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