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Burnbake Campsite, Rempstone, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset
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Burnbake Campsite, Rempstone, Corfe Castle, Wareham, DorsetThere are those rare occasions when you arrive at a site and within minutes know you'd like to stay all season. Burnbake is one of these instantaneous hits. Its many plus points quickly add up to create a vibe so agreeable that before you know it, you're down at the office negotiating a second week's stay. There are no designated pitches among Burnbake's ancient woodland site - 12 acres of secluded, level ground, complete with burbling stream - it's all about having a proper nose around to discover your perfect nomadic nook or camping cranny.

This location couldn't be better for exploring the Isle of Purbeck. Studland Bay's beaches are a short drive away and provide miles of sandy fun. Cyclists — take the private road to the beach; walkers - try the more scenic hour-and-a-half heathland route. Helpful maps are available on site.

Back at base, why not give the bright blue yurt-cafe a whirl? Run by Liz Moody throughout the school holidays, this funky little joint is just the ticket if you don't want to cook.

Liz has obviously decided there are worse things than spending long, idyllic summers among the trees at Burnbake. She's not wrong.

Burnbake Campsite, Rempstone, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset

COOL FACTOR Woodland campsite with a relaxed vibe.

WHO'S IN? Tents, campervans, groups, dogs - yes. Caravans - no.

ON SITE Campfires allowed in containers off the ground; 130 pitches. Two large wooden huts house 7 showers each (shower cards cost 30p or 4 for £1), plus a family room, 2 washing machines (£2), and outside washing-up sinks. A shop opens for 2 hours each morning and evening, selling camping food and equipment. Safe play area with slide and swinging tyres. The site can get a bit muddy after rain.

OFF SITE If you tire of beaches, head to Monkey World (01929 462537; www.monkeyworld.org) near Wareham.

FOOD AND DRINK The onsite yurt-cafe is open 9-11am and 6-9pm.The Square and Compass and Scott Arms (see Acton Field, p99 for contact) are both only a short drive.

GETTING THERE From Wareham take the A351 to Corfe Castle, turn left under the castle on to Studland Road, taking the third left turn, signposted Rempstone. Then follow the campsite signs for a mile; Burnbake is on the right.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Train to Wareham, then a taxi. OPEN March-September.

THE DAMAGE Pitch plus 2 adults £8-£10 per night. Extra adult £2-£4. Child (3 to 16 years) £1-£3.

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