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Reacquaint yourself with nature at the secluded, almost secretive Setthorns campsite. Cosy nooks and hidden pathways make up this site, which intertwines seamlessly with the surrounding woodlands. Beyond the pitches, you won’t know where the campsite ends and the forest begins.
With 237 pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes, Setthorns campsite blends with the New Forest effortlessly. Trees and bushes separate pitches to create a completely private and tranquil feel, whilst its rugged edge is sure to give you a sense of adventure.

Winding paths loop through the site branching off in various directions, adding to its character. With forest on all sides, and even running through the middle, take off on foot by bike in any direction and you'll soon be in the midst of your next adventure. With direct access from the campsite, the nearby disused railway line is a great place to start.

Pitching your tent at Setthorns will put you in prime position to enjoy the abundance of New Forest wildlife, including the free roaming ponies and deer. Rare, wild birds can be seen in their natural environment, and small mammals busy themselves as they go about their daily lives in the forest’s heathland and woodland.

Sway is the nearest local village at 1.5 miles away. Slightly further afield are Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst, offering a plentiful supply of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs.

Local attractions include Paulton’s Family Theme Park, Beaulieu National Motor Museum and the New Forest Wildlife Park.

For a tranquil holiday and to experience one of England’s most stunning forests, book your next holiday at Setthorns campsite. 

Facilities available at Setthorns Campsite, New Forest

Providing a more back to basics feel, facilities at Setthorns are limited, with no toilet or shower facilities, though chemical toilet disposal and drinking water taps are provided.

Note that this means that a chemical toilet is required when staying at this campsite.

Directions to Setthorns

From the West

  • Follow the A31 and approximately two miles after Ringwood, take the exit on the right to Burley.
  • After the Shell Garage, turn right under the bridge.
  • Travel through Burley and after approximately two miles you will see the Station Tea House on the right.
  • Stay on this road until you see a blue and white ‘Setthorns Campsite’ sign.
  • Turn right and the site is 400m on your right.

From the North and East

  • Follow the M27 and exit at J1 on to the A337 to Lyndhurst.
  • Go through Lyndhurst and at the Ferrari garage turn right onto the A337 to Brockenhurst.
  • Get into the left hand lane and stay on the A337.
  • You will pass Hollands Wood Campsite and the Balmer Lawn Hotel on your left.
  • Keep going until you reach the Filley Inn pub on your left.
  • Turn right here and follow this road.
  • You will pass under two railway bridges.
  • Turn right after the second bridge and Setthorns Campsite is approximately one mile on the left.

Please note: Some Sat Nav systems will guide you to New Milton if you enter our postcode. If this happens and you wish to use your Sat Nav, we recommend that you enter ‘Sway’ and a member of our team can guide you to the site from there if necessary.

Public Transport around Setthorns


From Setthorns Reception it takes 35mins to walk to Sway Railway station, which is the main Weymouth to London Waterloo line.  You can also hop on to Brockenhurst in just 5 mins.


Unfortunately there are no buses that run past the site, buses do go from Sway into Brockenhurst where you can get buses to Southampton, Lymington and other routes.

There is a bookable “CANGO” bus service from Sway which travels around the immediate local area and is a hop on and hop off service.

New Forest Tour Bus

Once in the Forest, the tour bus is a great way to travel and runs from June to September. There are 3 routes to choose from..(Red, Green & Blue.)It is a hop on and hop off service covering most of the Forest

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The main coach station is Southampton. The nearest stop to the site is outside Brockenhurst College.

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There are a number of taxis that operate in the New Forest.

The New Forest and surrounding area offers visitors to Setthorns campsite a whole range of fun activities and family days out to enjoy. You can go horse riding and cycling in the forest or head a little further afield to one of the area’s many attractions or simply sample some of the local food and drink on offer in one of the area’s many tea rooms, pubs and restaurants.

With the forest in such close proximity, you’ll never be short of things to do. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

patio tables and chairs outside restaurantThe Huntsman Restaurant, Brokenhurst
A 13th century coaching inn full of character, charm, drink and food. A perfect countryside treat after your busy day in the forest.

Address: Brockenhurst, SO42 7RH
Tel: 01590 622 225

cyclists on the old railwayForest Leisure Cycling
Cycle hire from Forest Leisure Cycling, in Burley, the perfect base for easy access to the New Forest Trails, with rides and bikes for all ages!

Open 7 days a week.
Tel: 01425 403584

family on bikesTrax Bike Hire
One of the best ways to see the New Forest is by bike. Take a look at Trax Bike Hire now for your New Forest holiday. Trax offer wide choice of bike to suit all age ranges and abilities.

Tel: 01425 618562

peppa pig worldPaultons Family Theme Park, Home of Peppa Pig World
Perfect for families, Paultons Family Theme park is a great day out. Paultons Park is host to more than 60 additional rides and attractions.

Address: Paultons Park, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 6AL
Tel: 023 8081 4442

people in canoesThe New Forest Activity Centre
Try some exciting outdoor activities such as archery, bushcraft or family combat games, or take part in a full day of adventure.

Address: The Old Forge, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7YA
Tel: 01590 612377

the three tuns buildingThe Three Tuns Inn, Bransgore
A cosy retreat in the heart of the New Forest, with a log fire for the winter and a beautiful terrace.

Address: Bransgore, BH23 8JH
Tel 01425672232

sign for ringwood breweryRingwood Brewery, Ringwood
Take a tour around Ringwood Brewery and try their four locally brewed Best Bitter and Fortyniner ales.

Address: Ringwood, BH24 3AP
Tel: 01425 470303

For Rainy Days


Regent-CentreRegent Centre, Christchurch
This community centre offers a cinema, theatre, concert hall and an art gallery which provides a great escape out of miserable weather.

Address: The Regent Centre, 51 High Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1AS
Tel: 01202 499199

Romsey-RapidsRomsey Rapids Sports Complex
This isn’t just any old sports centre; Romsey Rapids has a huge amount of activities and is only a 30 minute drive from Setthorns.

Address: Romsey Rapids Sports Complex, Southampton Rd, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 8AF
Tel: 01794 830333

Bucklers-HardBucklers Hard, Beaulieu
Bucklers Hard played a major role in many historical events including WW2 and the battle of Trafalgar. The majority of attractions are indoors which makes this a great, educational, rainy day out for all.

Address: Bucklers Hard, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, S042
Telephone: 01590 616203

Pirates-ParadisePirates Paradise, Applemore Leisure Centre
When the rain hits Setthorns the best plan of action to fit in some active adventure is to hit Pirates Paradise, 30 minutes away from the site.

Address: Claypits Lane, Dibden, Southampton, SO45 5TN
Tel: 023 8028 5531


Adventure-WonderlandAdventure Wonderland Bournemouth 
Inside Adventure Wonderland, a popular theme park for kids between 3 and 10 you’ll find a spectacular indoor play centre.

Address: Merritown Lane, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6BA
Tel: 01202 483444

 Lemur-LandingsLemur Landings, Tower Park
Lemur Landings is a huge indoor soft play area for kids of all ages. Great for rainy days, safe and secure and with all of the facilities you could possibly need.

Address: Lemur Landings, Tower Park, Yarrow Road, Poole, BH12 4NY
Tel: 01202 740500

Prices From
£12.40 per night (Two Adults)

At a Glance

  • No toilets or showers
  • Chemical toilet required
  • 235 pitches
  • Hardstanding and electric hook upavailable
  • Pets welcome
  • Close to villages of Sway and Brockenhurst
  • Open all year
  • View our pricing guide and seasonal dates

Contact Details

Phone bookings: 024 7642 3008
Setthorns Campsite, New Forest New Milton Hampshire BH25 5WA
01590 681020

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Outstanding natural beauty
What an absolutely beautiful camp site. Stayed on a XLP at the top of the site, this iMessage being our second visit. Weather was good, the terrain and the walks were beautiful, surrounded by some of the most fantastic sites of beauty to be held. 0500 on Sat morning leaving my Motorhome with my dogs to be greeted by 4 Stags just wandering through the site at 5m distance totally unperturbed by our presence. Then the there are the squirrels and bird life, keeping my two pointers totally energised throughout the stay! A most fantastic weekend in a most fantastic campsite in the most fantastic New Forest. We will be back, soon!!!
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
2 nights at 'Setthorns'
2 very quite nights at 'Setthorns' Friendly & Efficient staff. Even saw 4 young Deer Stags in the early morning, 07:30 while having our breakfast?!!! Brilliant!
Unit Type: Camper Van
Wonderful Camp Site
We stayed here for two nights with our dog, Tasha and what a wonderful time we had. It's a beautiful site in the middle of the forest - the pitches are well spaced out and as there are no toilet blocks it really gave us a little "wild camping" feeling. There are masses of places to go walking or cycling and we saw plenty of wild life. You can also easily have a trip to the seaside - we went to Barton on Sea which again is lovely and there's a great promenade for dog walking. We loved the place and the wardens were very helpful and friendly.
Unit Type: Camper Van
Lovely campsite and a warm welcome
We had a lovely couple of days at this beautiful, peaceful and tranquil campsite in the forest. We received a very warm and helpful welcome at the site and will be returning again when we can. Very good walking and cycling from the site itself.
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
Lovely site
Setthorns is a lovely site to unwind and relax. Watching the wildlife of the New Forest just outside your units window is a real pleasure. Our current count is 20 different birds over a 5 night stay - everything from tiny Gold Crests to Buzzards. Then evening comes and the deer wander thro the woods - the stars are out (on a clear night) its lovely and dark on site - no bollard lights or street lamps. During the day we just wander off into the enclosure or off to the wider forest via the old railway line, its just wonderful. I'd give it 5 star rating even without a toilet block, (who needs one - with toilets in units)
Unit Type: Motorhome
For us, the best site in the New Forest!
My wife and I just got back home from five nights at Setthorns and we have immediately booked again for May. If we could we'd go back now. We had booked a Premium pitch for our motorhome initially but when we explored the site we found the Select pitches were bigger, more secluded, and only a little more expensive so we upgraded and moved up the hill. There's not much I can say that hasn't been said by other reviewers - there's easy access to numerous walks, the coast, Bournemouth, Lyndhurst (Ferrari dealer here!), Brockenhurst,and Blackwater Arboretum. Lots of animals, birds, silence and masses of stars at night... it's a lovely place and the staff are friendly and helpful too. If, like us, you enjoy getting back to nature you'll love it.
how the wardens helped our son
Than you to all the wardens at setthorns for helping us with our son Joe when he was critically I'll on our holiday.he had major surgery that day that saved his life thank you for helping save Joe from Mrs lawrence
Wonderful Wardens
Just back from a recent stay at the beautiful Setthorns & would like to say how extremely helpful the Wardens were when our young dog ran into the wire fence and cut his leg. They searched the internet to find the nearest Vet & phoned for us (we could not get a signal). It was a Sunday afternoon so of course \"out of hours\". I have to say they could not have been more helpful. However I feel quite sorry for them having to listen to all the moans from people staying on the site, mainly the dreadful potholes and the very expensive costs of staying on this site. Yes we decided to treat ourselves to a premium pitch but really can't see how you justify the costs. Surely the fact that the site was very empty, apart from the \"seasonals\" that there is something wrong here. And you don't get all the discounts that it says in the brochure. As you are now part of the Camping & Caravan Club where is the investment?
Good site, but take yer rock pegs!!
Went to Setthorns for two nights. Easy check-in, nice people in reception. Recomend the Select Pitches at the end of the site - very quiet, electric hook up, large and secluded. Surrounded by wildlife. Rabbits, birds and I heard something 'clopping' past at 3 in the morning, but that was ok. If you want to get away from it all, this is one of the places. We live 20 minutes away in Bournemouth town, to be so near this site is a luxury - we'll be back. Oh, you are on the Bournemouth Airport flight path but it's no problem..........
Hollyberry review of Setthorns, New Forest
This was my first camp site ever as I only collected my motorhome the day I stayed here. Very friendly welcome, great directions to the pitch I was given a choice of areas within the site) I was also allowed to bring my car (and my friend's car) up to the site as I had to load so much into the new motorhome (and couldn't park it outside the house I'd been staying in) The Forest is my favourite place in the UK anyway, and this was a lovely place even in cold January. Squirrels ran past the door, and of course lots of ponies and deer nearby too. A great place to stay if you like cycling or walking. With transport you can visit Lymington, Lyndhurst, Burley as well as Bournemouth. Sway, the nearest village, is very friendly with a village store, P.O/newsagent, pharmacy, butcher and a new pub--well worth a visit & support local businesses.
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