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Eweleaze Farm (Osmington Hill, Osmington, Dorset)
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Eweleaze Farm (Osmington Hill, Osmington, Dorset)Dorset's protected Jurassic coastline is a gloriously undeveloped stretch of hidden bays, beaches, and pristine countryside. Blissfully roadless, the stretch of coast between Durdle Door and Weymouth is best explored along the South West Coast Path. Part-way along this route lies Eweleaze Farm, which, through a combination of fortuitous geography and formidable effort, is one of the most agreeable places to camp in England.The views are one of the many things that make Eweleaze a cut above the average campsite.

They are quite staggering from most pitches: a curve of coast meandering round to Weymouth Harbour, and finishing at the raised lump of land at Portland. And while plenty of sites can boast views, not many can otfer a private beach with direct access.This small but adequate shingle bay with shallow waters is what makes Eweleaze the first choice for carefree family camping. The campsite has eco credentials, too, including canipfire wood donated by a local tree surgeon. But the downside is that the campsite is open only in August. So bag a pitch asap and don't let Eweleaze Farm be the one that got away this summer.

Eweleaze Farm (Osmington Hill, Osmington, Dorset)


COOL FACTOR Spacious campsite with a private beach.

WHO'S IN? Every man and his dog.

ON SITE Campfires allowed. Around 250 pitches over several fields; 23 showers - 4 outdoor solar-powered; toilets in each field; firewood available; access to private beach.

OFF SITE In Dorchester you'll find museums devoted to terracotta warriors, dinosaurs, teddy bears and even Tutankhamun. Try a sailing course or hire a sailing boat through SailLaser (www.sail-laser.com) in Weymouth.

FOOD AND DRINK Organic onsite farm shop (8am-9pm); various stalls (12-9pm) sell wood-fired pizzas, organic pies and chips, kebabs and salads, as well as organic breakfasts (8-11am). The Smuggler's Inn (01305 833125) in Osmington is a view-tastic 40-minute walk away.

GETTING THERE Take the A353 to Osmington. From the east, after passing the village, look out for a speed limit sign, and turn left here on to a dirt track to the farm. From the west, the sign's just before the village, dirt track on the right.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Take bus no. 503 from Weymouth to Waterside Holiday Park then walk the final 300 metres.

OPEN August only.

THE DAMAGE Adult £ 6/£ 12 (per weeknight/weekend); child £ 3/£ 6. Vehicle £ 10 flat fee.



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