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Ashurst campsite is a rich blend of the true forest camping experience alongside traditional open pitches. Dotted with ancient oaks, which become denser as you close in on the forest’s edge, it's a site where you can truly soak up the New Forest ambience and enjoy it's unique character.
Ashurst campsite boasts 280 standard pitches, ranging from open spaces to peaceful secluded spots amongst the trees. Regardless of where you camp, you’ll always have a piece of the beauty within reach.

Like with many of our New Forest campsites, you can take off straight into the forest on foot, meaning you’re never far from the local flora and fauna, a relaxing stroll or the opportunity to explore.

Set on the edge of a small area of woodland known as Ashurst Wood, our Ashurst campsite is a short walk from Matley Heath, an expanse of New Forest heathland criss-crossed with tracks perfect for walking or cycling.

Just a five minute stroll away is the pretty village of Ashurst, where you will find shops, traditional pubs and welcoming restaurants. Local attractions include the Longdown Activity Farm and The New Forest Wildlife Park.

Clean, friendly and peaceful, Ashurst is the secluded campsite you’ve been looking for. Take a look at the extra information we’ve provided in the tabs above and book now.

Facilities available at Ashurst Campsite, New Forest

Ashurst campsite benefits from toilets and showers, a launderette, dishwashing facilities and more, making it ideal for new and seasoned campers alike.

Please note that Ashurst is one of our two campsites (the other is Denny Wood) that does not allow you to bring your canine (or other pet) friends.

Directions to Ashurst

  • Ashurst Campsite lies 2.5 miles North East of Lyndhurst on the A35.

  • Leave the M27 at junction 3 on to the M271, signposted Southampton & The Docks.

  • At Redbridge Roundabout take the 2nd exit on to the A35, in a south westerly direction towards Totton and Lyndhurst.

  • Continue on the A35 over two roundabouts, heading towards Lyndhurst.

  • Pass through Ashurst Village with the train station to the left.

  • Continue over the railway bridge and Ashurst Campsite is signposted left just after the New Forest Pub. 


Public Transport around Ashurst


Ashurst New Forest station is about 5 minutes walk from the Campsite, next to the New Forest Inn. South West Trains operates a regular service from Southampton to Bournemouth, stopping at Ashurst New Forest.  The journey to and from Southampton takes approximately 10 minutes and Bournemouth is approximately 35 minutes away.

For more information see


The nearest bus stop is visible from the Site Reception and less than a 5 minute walk away. The bus route is the Bluestar number 6 which runs between Southampton and Lymington. The journey to Lymington takes around 35 minutes. For more information on the route and times see

New Forest Tour Bus

The tour bus is a great way to see the New Forest and runs between late June and mid September. It is a hop on hop off service and the Ashurst campsite is situated on the red route.  

For more information please visit their website at

The New Forest and surrounding area offers visitors to Ashurst 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.

Our campsite is within close proximity of Lyndhurst and Brokenhurst, where you can find plenty of great pubs with play parks to keep the little ones entertained.

If you're looking for some seaside fun, Lymington is a beautiful Georgian market town surrounded by nature with a weekly Saturday market.

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.

Enjoy a fantastic family day out with Longdown Activity Farm and meet a variety of farm animals, from ducks to ponies.

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


Towerpark-Entertainment-PooTower Park Entertainment Centre, Poole

The perfect place for the whole family. With a wide range of indoor activities entertainment facilities. 

Address: Tower Park, Dorset, BH12 4NY
Tel: 01202 722 917

Prices From
£17.20 per night (Two Adults)

At a Glance

  • Toilets and showers available
  • 280 pitches
  • Hardstanding available
  • Close to villages of Ashurst and Lyndhurst
  • Open 6th April– 2nd October 2017
  • Please note that dogs are not allowed at this campsite due to ground nesting birds
  • View our pricing guide and seasonal dates

Contact Details

Phone bookings: 024 7642 3008
Ashurst Campsite, New Forest Lyndhurst Road Ashurst SO40 7AR
02380 292097

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1st time camping!
Lovely campsite. Great facilities. Stunning scenery. Amazed that the horses just roam freely! Will definitely be returning during the summer holidays. Highly recommended.
Unit Type: Tent
1st time camping!
Lovely campsite. Great facilities. Stunning scenery. Amazed that the horses just roam freely! Will definitely be returning during the summer holidays. Highly recommended.
Unit Type: Tent
A friendly and well equipped campsite
Went with a big school group to this site - 30 in total. Its our second visit. Great facilities and friendly staff. Well managed and run - no complaints. Just make sure you don't leave out any food uncovered as there are plenty of animals (horses and cows) roaming around!
Unit Type: Tent
Disorganised or completely back to nature - I'm not sure which....
In all honesty I'm unsure whether this site is too disorganised, without having any marked pitches and it being a free for all, or whether these being put in place would detract from the natural settings. All I know is that having pitched our tents, we soon became overrun by other families, with an abundance of kids running as free as the New Forest ponies due to the open expanses - but at least the ponies don't get themselves tangled in your guy ropes! It can take a while to find some flat ground to pitch your tent, but you should definitely also consider quite how far you may find yourself from the sole central toilet block. Too far away and you may end up driving to them, as I witnessed someone doing several times a day, but too close and you'll have hundreds of people constantly wandering past you... As it was a busy weekend when we visited the site we were pretty surprised that the staff elected to only open one side of both the ladies & gents toilets/shower blocks, as if you timed it badly you could be waiting half an hour to be able to have a shower. Surely the reason for having the two sides for each sex is to allow you to double the number of facilities in busy periods, but then downsize when quieter? All of this aside the staff are friendly and if you have kids who like to run about as well as liking the 1960's style of campsites this could be the place for you.
Unit Type: Tent
Bad planning re toilet/shower facilities
Lovely setting, helpful staff, had an excellent weekend, HOWEVER, most of the time only half of the toilet/shower facilities were accessible which meant there were long waits for showers for a lot of people. Also, although there is a family toilet/washroom, as far as we were aware it was permanently locked (every time we tried to gain access we couldn't) which meant my son had to shower with his little daughter in the men's showers which wasn't ideal. None of the showers are really ideal, although clean and modern - there are no shower curtains (even though there is a rail running the length of the showers) and no actual shower tray (i.e. It's a wet room) so no dry floor area and only a couple of 'hooks' on the door to try and keep everything dry.........this all may sound minor to some but some better planning when setting these things up could make a huge difference to paying holidaymakers.
Unit Type: Tent
Lovely couple of days!
Returned from a lovely two nights camping at Ashurst campsite with my boyfriend. Greeted by very friendly staff as we checked in, took us a while to choose a pitch but very happy with where we chose in the end. Our first time camping so didn't really know what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised. Toilets and showers were at times busy but not too much of a problem. Overall a really lovely campsite, has everything you need and very accomdating to us newbies who didn't have much idea what we were doing! Would definitely come back here and recommend to friends.
Unit Type: Tent
Another excellent campsite
We've stayed at a couple of Camping in the Forest sites but not Ashurst so thought we'd have a change of location. Staff at the gate were lovely and friendly, even when it was chucking it down with rain! The facilities are cleaned regularly and really can't be faulted. Showers were always hot, even much later in the morning. Great location for accessing cycle routes and you're really close to pubs and shops if you need them, plus if you wanted to cycle into Lyndhurst and other cycle paths but the main road puts you off, there's a lovely flat cycle network path that takes you right into the centre. In our haste to get the tent up in the rain we didn't realise how close our pitch was to the train line, but to fair, the trains never really bothered us, they're not fast or hugely regular. But if you're a light sleeper, stay away from the left-hand side of the site as you enter, if it doesn't bother you though, there are some nice spots there, our pitch area was relatively flat and we had a nice little thicket next to us that was home to a couple of field mice that we enjoyed watching. All in all a really lovely campsite
Unit Type: Tent
Great campsite
This was our first camping trip with the children and I loved the fact we hardly saw our boy as he was off running around with other children as soon as we arrived! Sunday morning and a friendly horse came to say hello in the tent - heed the advice from reception and keep food in the car, it's well worth doing!!! Friendly reception staff. Always found someone in attendance in the washroom facilities/ cleaning areas so all was of a high standard.
Unit Type: Tent
Excellent Again!
We stayed at Ashurst. We had not stayed there for years. On arrival the ranger asked if we had been before, we said yes, but then we were camping in a tent with small children. Now we were in our retirement motorhome. The ranger said you will probably find the site excatly the same as it was all those years ago. To our delight it was and brought back many fond memories. We are now planning to arrange an extended family trip to the park later this year.
Unit Type: Motorhome
We had a wonderful time
This has been my first time camping and my boyfriend and I had a wonderful time, the site is right next to the train station and a nice pub of which we were given a voucher that allowed us 15% off. The site is very large and easy to find, the facilities were very helpful, the dishwashing station, toilets, showers and drinking water tap. The staff at the reception were also very lovely and helpful, everyone was very kind and considerate on site to each other and all the horses and cows that passed through. Just a few minutes walk away is the start of a nice long walk in which there are lots of fields, horses, cows and deer and about an hours walk up the road is The New Forest Wildlife Park and Longdown Activity Farm, both lovely places to spend the day. I will say that if you are looking for somewhere with lots of activities such as archery, kayaking and horse back riding then maybe choose another site as this one was mainly long walks in the lovely sunshine surrounded by animals.
Unit Type: Tent
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