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Best campsites for the Dorset AONB

Here is our pick of the Alan Rogers Assessors, expert-recommended campsites for the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This AONB accounts for about 50% of Dorset and showcases one of England’s finest coastlines. Head inland slightly, and the landscape is straight from a Thomas Hardy novel, all gentle hills, isolated farms linked by narrow lanes, picturesque villages and country steeples.

The area is notable for its chalky grasslands, heathlands, ancient meadows and woodlands, and, of course, the coastal cliffs and epic scenery of the Jurassic Coast, the first British natural World Heritage Site with all its dinosaur-based associations. Other visitors' highlights include the beautiful Lulworth Cove, the stone arch of Durdle Door - the subject of countless photographs and picture postcards - the elongated pebble bank of Chesil Beach and the Fleet.

There’s a hugely varied range of habitats and supported species here, representing over 80% of all British mammal species, 48% of bird species and 70% of butterfly species. It’s no surprise that 67 Sites of Special Scientific Interest cumulatively cover 7% of the AONB.

Top Dorset AONB Camping Options

Conveniently situated close to the World-Famous Jurassic Coast, The Dorset Hideaway is an excellent site on a former working dairy farm. The emphasis is on...

Monkton Wyld combines pitches for the independent camper and for members of The Camping and Caravanning Club. The park prides itself on its conservation efforts...

Golden Cap, named after the adjacent high cliff (the highest in southern England) which overlooks Lyme Bay, is only 150 m. from a shingle beach...

Family run parks for families with direct access to their own private beach are rare in Britain and this one has the added advantage of...

A friendly, welcoming, family park, Bagwell Farm is open all year. It is situated between Weymouth and Abbotsbury, close to Chesil Beach. Set in a...

East Fleet Farm has a marvellous situation on part level, part gently sloping meadows leading to the shores of the Fleet, with views across to...

Nestling under the Purbeck Hills on the edge of Swanage, in the Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site, Ulwell Cottage is a family...

Crossways Caravan and Motorhome Club site is an imaginatively landscaped destination set in the midst of 35 acres of lush woodland - ideal when touring...