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11 Best Campsites in the New Forest

Looking to camp in or around the New Forest? Check out our favourite camping opportunities, we think Hampshire, Dorset & Wiltshire have to offer.

Whether you’re looking for somewhere new to explore, a place to hide away for a few days or just want to get away from the city. We think being able to combine forest walks with sea views makes the New Forest one of the best places to go camping in the UK.

The Best Campsites In New Forest

Here's a list of some of the best campsites in the New Forest, Hampshire, UK:

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1 Aldridge Hill

A place that makes the very best of the hidden mystique and beauty of the New Forest whilst remaining a family campsite. Located near Blackwater Stream and Ober Water, with no amenities on site, this is an ideal spot if you’re looking for a few days away in nature. However, if campers are in the mood for a few home comforts, Aldridge Hill is just a few miles from Brockenhurst if you need to stock up on supplies or a trip to the pub. It is also easy to locate a number of walks straight from the campsite, including the walks along Ober Heath and Whitefield Moor. Bringing a chemical toilet is essential.

Facilities Available:
-Chemical Disposal Point
-Drinking Water Taps
-Motor Home
-Dog Friendly
-Seasonal Pitches
-Touring Caravan
-Trailer Tents

2 Hollands Wood Campsite

Looking for a New Forest campsite that’s ideal for the body and mind? Described as a ‘Paradise Park’ by those who know, staying at Hollands Wood Campsite is perfect for a relaxing trip and a holiday fueled by adventure. It is set in over 22 hectares of forest, with all the natural features still in place, including giant oak trees surrounding the tent pitches and wild ponies running, making it easy for campers to escape to a new woodland world. The campsite also features Balmer Lawn as a picturesque picnic spot and is not far from Lymington River. In terms of facilities, Hollands Wood has toilets, showers and dish-washing facilities, plus so much more.

Facilities Available:
-Accessible Facilities                   - Chemical Disposal Point
-Dish Washing                               - Drinking Water Taps
-Electric Razor Sockets                - Laundry
-Motor Home                                 - Dog Friendly
-Seasonal Pitches                         - Showers
-Tents                                             - Toilets
-Touring Caravan                           - Trailer Tents
-Washbasins                                  - XL Pitches

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3 Setthorns Campsite- New Forest

If you want the New Forest camping experience set to the max, Setthorns is it. Built into the woodland itself, this is a toilet and shower-free campsite that brings you the tranquil and private joys of forest living alongside New Forest wildlife, including deer, ponies, rare birds and tiny mammals. There’s also the opportunity to get away from the forest and check out the local area, including the village Sway that’s only 1.5 miles away, the beautiful Brockenhurst village, Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Paulton’s family theme park and the New Forest Wild Life Park. It’s really the perfect way to reconnect with nature, but with the lack of amenities, you will want to bring your own chemical toilet...

Facilities Available:
-Battery Charging                        -Chemical Disposal Point
-Drinking Water Taps                  - Electric Pitches
-Motor Home                               - Dog Friendly
-Seasonal Pitches                       - Storage
-Tents                                           - Touring Caravan
-Trailer Tents                               - XL Pitches

4 Round Hill Campsite

Positioned perfectly between Lyndhurst and Beaulieu, this campsite sums up everything that is good about New Forest camping. Both well-kept and retaining its natural environment, Round Hill has over 500 camping spots made up of green open spaces and secluded spots. The area has a diverse range of woodland life, from heathlands, grand oaks, a lake, and of course, the famous New Forest ponies. As a final piece of the puzzle, it’s a dog-friendly campsite that also offers every facility you could possibly need.

Facilities Available:
-Chemical Disposal Point                   - Drinking Water Taps
-Motor Home                                       - Motorhome Service Point
-Dog Friendly                                       - Seasonal Pitches
-Tents                                                   - Toilets
-Touring Caravan                                 - Trailer Tents
-Washbasins                                        - XL Pitches

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5 Denny Wood Campsite- Lyndhurst

In the mood for a more exclusive camping experience? The insular Denny Wood campsite might be exactly what you’re looking for. Located in the heart of the New Forest, with zero facilities and only 150 camping pitches that each of which are naturally separated from one another, it’s the closest thing to wild camping the New Forest can offer.

Facilities Available:
=Chemical Disposal Point
-Drinking Water Taps
-Motor Home
-Seasonal Pitches
-Touring Caravan
-Trailer Tents
-XL Pitches

6 Harry’s Meadow- Fordingbridge

Although set on the beautiful Breamore Estate, the site only has off-grid facilities and zero electricity, meaning campers at Harry’s Meadow experience both privilege and a simple life during their stay. The area is both a dog-friendly campsite and allows campfires has a good selection of walking trails, including Langley Field Nature Reserve, just 3 miles away from the nearby village of Hale ( a Site of Scientific Investigation), and is also a 30-minute drive from Bournemouth Beach. It is also a sister site to the more upmarket and facility-filled Harry’s Field, which is also in Fordingbridge.

Facilities Available:
-Two new shower blocks (high-pressured hot showers)
-Spotless, odourless eco-facilities
-Designated washing-up areas
-Fresh drinking water points
-Fire pits for hire and seasoned wood for sale
-Pizza oven at the weekends
-Barista coffee and hot freshly baked croissant and pain au choc served in the mornings

Please Note:
-Harry's Meadow campsite does not provide electric hook ups.

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7 Teddy’s Farm (FKA Teddy's Wood)- Lymington

One of the most well-known spots near Lymington, this is an ideal spot for those who want to go back to the basics of camping. Teddy’s Farm is quintessentially a family campsite located by a working sheep farm in one of the more spacious areas of the New Forest heartlands. It is without formal pitches and allows dogs, campfires and campervans, but not motorhomes, caravans or noisy campers. The campsite is attached to many of the New Forest’s well-known walking routes, and nearby landmarks include Lymington Sea Water Baths, the UK’s oldest lido.

Facilities Available:
-A choice of peaceful fields to pitch your tent
-Pick your own spot (please keep 6 metres between tents)
-Campfires allowed (with a fire-pit)
-6 hot showers.
-Hot water for washing up
-Composting loos by thunderbox and l’uritonnoir.  Don’t worry, these are clean and efficient!  
-A chemical waste disposal point for those bringing their own facilities (no extra charge for portaloo-tents).
-Dogs allowed free of charge (but must be kept on a lead as we don’t want our sheep chased, and of course, please tidy up after them)
-Free use of the freezer for ice packs
-10 minute walk from the farm entrance down a quiet country lane to the open forest
-5 minute drive from the coastal town of Lymington

Please Note:

Teddy's farm cannot accommodate caravans/motor homes
Teddy's Farm does not provide electric hookups.

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8 Ashurst Campsite

Situated within walking distance of the village of Ashurst, this campsite offers easy access to amenities such as shops, pubs, and a train station. It provides a mix of woodland and open spaces for camping. The site offers good facilities, including toilets, showers, laundry facilities, and a small shop. Ashurst Campsite is popular with families and groups due to its convenient location and well-maintained facilities.

Facilities Available:
-Accessible Facilities                  - Chemical Disposal Point
-Dish Washing                              - Drinking Water Taps
-Electric Razor Sockets               - Laundry
-Motor Home                                - Seasonal Pitches
-Showers                                       - Tents
-Toilets                                          - Touring Caravan
-Trailer Tents                                 - Washbasins
-XL Pitches

9 Long Meadow Campsite

Long Meadow is a family-friendly campsite located in the village of Brockenhurst. It offers a range of pitches, including options with electric hook-ups and glamping facilities. The site provides good facilities, including toilets, showers, a laundry room, and a small shop selling camping essentials. Long Meadow is known for its well-maintained grounds and convenient location, making it a popular choice for families and groups.

Facilities Available:
-Toilets                                     - Showers
-Hairdryers                               - Free WI-FI
-Washing up facilities             - Water points throughout the campsite
-Chemical waste disposal      - Spacious pitches (9m x 9m)

-Laundry facilities (washing machine and dryer tokens available from the reception)
-Onsite-catering (Fridays- Sundays)

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10 Ocknell Campsite

Situated near Fritham, Ocknell Campsite is a spacious site surrounded by open heathland and woodland. It offers a variety of pitches, including options for tents, caravans, and motorhomes. Basic facilities, such as toilets and showers, are available. Ocknell is favoured by families and nature enthusiasts who appreciate the beautiful surroundings and the opportunity to explore the New Forest's trails and wildlife.

Facilities Available:
-Accessible Facilities                 - Chemical Disposal Point
-Dish Washing                             - Drinking Water Taps
-Electric Razor Sockets              - Motor Home
-Dog Friendly                               - Seasonal Pitches
-Tents                                           - Toilets
-Touring Caravan                         - Trailer Tents
-Washbasins                                - XL Pitches

11 Matley Wood Camping Site

Matley Wood is a small and peaceful campsite located near Lyndhurst. It provides a secluded camping experience surrounded by woodland. The site offers basic facilities, including toilets and showers. It's an ideal choice for those seeking a quiet and tranquil camping spot away from the hustle and bustle of busier campsites.

Facilities Available:
-Chemical Disposal Point          - Drinking Water Taps
-Motor Home                              - Dog Friendly
-Seasonal Pitches                      - Tents
-Touring Caravan                        - Trailer Tents
-XL Pitches

Man and woman putting up a tent


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