We discoveredÂ Corfe Castle Camping and Caravanning Club Site whilst searching for a last-minute getaway and luckily for us, they’d had a last-minute cancellation. We gladly snapped it up.
Corfe Castle and the surrounding area is beautiful,Â from the hills and the village to the beaches close by, there’s a magical charm about the place.
Corfe Castle Camping and Caravanning Club Site is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the foot of the Purbeck Hills, itâ€™s close to award-winning Studland beach, and the bustling seaside town of Swanage with its pretty beach huts.
The campsite is noticeably peaceful with wooded areas and loads of wildlife, from badgers, owls and moths to beautiful wildflowers. It’s a great spot for lovers of the outdoors.
The campsite was relaxed and family-friendly, offering a mix of hardstanding and grass pitches. Our pitch (the one we were really lucky to get) was hardstanding, with facilities close by, including a family shower room, all spotlessly clean.Â Thereâ€™s a shop selling the essentials along with fresh bread and pastries every morning.
Our kids enjoyed the play park, which is enclosed and feels safe, as well as exploring the site and discovering all the wildlife.
The campsite is a lovely place to be based. We ventured on the 15-minute meander from the site, arriving at the spectacular Corfe Castle, a stunning ruin from the English Civil War whose dramatic silhouette can be seen for miles around. The pretty village of Corfe Castle is huddled right next to the castle walls with tearooms, independent shops and fab local pubs and eateries. Itâ€™s a beautiful place with an equally charming atmosphere.
Things to do in Dorset
Top of our ‘to do’ list was to take the impressive Swanage Railway line, hopping on the grand (and noisy) steam train at Corfe to Swanage. Stepping into the waiting room and ticket office felt like entering the Victorian age with everything so beautifully preserved. The picture-perfect train ride was a joy and a fun start to our day at the relaxed coastal town.
Swanage has lots of character with its Victorian Pier and traditional promenade, lined with amusements and attractions, and boasting an impressive blue flag beach. We finished off our day with fish and chips on the harbour wall, perfection!
Also close by is Kimmeridge with its marine reserve and snorkelling, but we chose to visit bustling Poole Harbour and explore the vast array o
f boats being built and harboured there. Seriously impressive. We explored Poole Park with an enormous play park, followed by a treat from Scoops Ice Cream Parlour.
Slightly further afield is Lulworth Cove and the iconic Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coastline, these are also are a must!
Whatâ€™s so special?
The location. Being so close to Corfe with its mystical charm is a huge bonus, and the walk to the village and train station is a real pleasure. We had a buggy at the time and managed it fine.
We enjoyed the relaxed feel of the site and the wildlife we spotted during our stay, it was lovely.
Corfe Castle Camping and Caravanning Club Site, Bucknowle,Â Wareham,Â Dorset,Â BH20 5PQ
Telephone:Â 01929 480280
NB: Everything about our stay was organised and paid for ourselves, and all views expressed are entirely those of Curious Campers.
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