Here’s the LandCruise Motorhome Hire guide to campsites in the New Forest.
Camping in the Forest
Wild camping in the New Forest is not permitted, but if you would like to park right in the heart of the forest with the ponies and other animals milling around you, you can’t do much better than the Camping in the Forest sites. There are 10 sites to choose from. Our favourites are Hollands Wood – a stroll away from the picturesque village of Brockenhurst – and Setthorns – a peaceful secluded site close to Sway.
LandCruise customers can get £3.50 discount off a pitch a night as part of the Camping and Caravanning Club Privilege Membership. As they have so many sites, Camping in the Forest are a good place to try if you are looking for a last minute booking.
Black Knowl Caravan & Motorhome Club Site, Brockenhurst, SO42 7QD
All of the camp sites clustered around the village of Brockenhurst are great, but this one has spotless facilities that one expects from the Caravan Club. It is five minutes walk to the village shops, pubs and restaurants. You can also walk out of your Motorhome and explore 140 miles of track on foot, cycle or on horseback in the New Forest whilst never tiring of seeing the ponies and other animals. If you like things a little quieter, it is worthwhile seeing if you can get in the Caravan Club Certificated Location site at Ford Farm Stables.
Sandy Balls, Fordingbridge, SP6 2JZ
Surrounded by the stunning natural scenery of the New Forest National Park, Sandy Balls Holiday Centre is an award-winning destination for families. It is the ideal backdrop for outdoor activities, including walking, cycling, horse-riding, kayaking, fishing and even ice-skating. The Centre offers a fully-equipped gym, swimming pools, a jacuzzi and sauna, plus beauty suite. There is a programme of activities for children and a calendar of special events. Plus a choice of restaurants – the cosy Woodside Inn and Pizza in the Piazza, and a well-stocked Country Store make eating easy for a relaxing holiday. Open all year.
The Red Shoot Camping Park, Linwood, Ringwood, BH24 3QT
Located in the heart of the New Forest, just 5 miles from the picturesque market town of Ringwood, the Red Shoot Camping Park is a popular campsite for both families and couples and is often visited by LandCruise customers. Its popularity is down to the first class on site facilities – clean showers and toilets, a shop selling local produce, newspapers, wines and beers, a children’s play area, and a traditional country pub – the Red Shoot Inn. Their next beer festival will be on the 2nd – 3rd October 2015. Open March to October
Setley Ridge Vineyard and Farm Shop, SO42 7UF
Another good Caravan Club Certificated Location is Setley Ridge. Stay there the night but also stock up on some great wines and other locally made drinks and delicious produce bearing the New Foresat marque including the award winning Lyburn cheeses.
Green Hill Farm Camping & Caravan Park, Landford, Wiltshire, SP5 2AZ
Green Hill Farm Holiday Park is a peaceful hide-away site on the edge of the New Forest. It is within the National Park and has its own direct access to the forest. The park is located in a quiet area of woodland and grassland away from the road. It has 3 lakes. One for the local wildlife and two for fishing. The campsite is split into two distinct areas. One is for families to enjoy and the other is for adults only.
New Forest Water Park, Fordingbridge, SP6 2EY
If you would like a few activities on your holiday, the 50 acre New Forest Water Park has water-skiing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, banana and tyre rides. There are two lakes and fishing is also available. You can camp next to the lake or in the forest. The clubhouse serves breakfasts and lunches and you can use the showers and toilets there when open during the day.
Acres Down Farm, Minstead, Lymington, SO43 7GE
A back to basics, get away from it all kind of campsite next to the forest and the village of Minstead. Acres Down Farm is a working farm that keeps cows, pigs, sheep and chickens. The onsite shop sells the farm’s own produce plus fine foods and drinks from the local area. An optional farmhouse breakfast is available if you don’t want to cook your own. Cream Teas are also served in the afternoon. Minstead is a lovely little village. The Trusty Inn is a great place to eat. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s grave is under a large tree at the back of the 13th century All Saints’ church.
West Farm CL, Verwood, BH31 7LE
West Farm is a 5 pitch Certificated Location site for Caravan Club members only. The campsite is situated in the peaceful rural area of East Dorset, and is perfectly situated for touring Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. Places to visit include Hardy’s Wessex, the New Forest, historic Salisbury and the large resort of Bournemouth for shops, shows and miles of sandy beaches. Verwood is just one mile away with a variety of shops and plenty of places to eat.
Lytton Lawn Touring Park, Milford-on-Sea, SO41 0LH
And finally, if you would like to combine a beach holiday with your trip to the New Forest, Lytton Lawn Touring Park offers the best of both worlds. There is a choice of hardstanding Premier pitches or serviced grass pitches on this tranquil family park. Visitors have free access to the Shorefield leisure facilities which include indoor pool, solarium, sauna and spa, fitness classes and treatments, all weather tennis courts, outdoor pools, restaurants, entertainment and activity programmes. Open all year excluding January.
Travel Guide New Forest
- National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
- New Forest Wildlife Park
- Paultons Park
- Beaulieu Abbey
- Calshot Castle
- Rockbourne Roman Villa