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.

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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 or 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 is Brockenhurst, a picturesque village which was recently declared declared Britain's Most Beautiful place to live. Lyndhurst, offers 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

Trains

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.

www.southwesttrains.co.uk

Buses

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.

www.wdbus.co.uk

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. 

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/passengertransport/communitytransport/cango.htm

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

For more information: www.thenewforesttour.info

Coaches

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

For more information: www.nationalexpress.com

Taxis

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


Sammy Miller Motorcycle MuseumSammy-Miller

A must for petrol heads, Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum is just ten minutes' drive (or ride!) from the Setthorns site, hosting one of the biggest collections of exotic racing bikes in the world.

 


 
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

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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
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • Open all year
  • New offers available! View details.
  • 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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Relaxing break but...
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Why are there so many seasonal vans that seem to be on the biggest pitches available? When you walk round and look, white tags flutter from units in all the biggest spaces. Have to say did not see the wardens do anything in the entire time we were there ( week) and wonder what they do all day. What happened to the dogs on leads rule as well.
Unit Type: Motorhome
Fantastic!
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A great site with large EH pitches in the orange select area. Daily visits by the deer who roam freely around the site. It's the first time we have had to use the full caravan 'facilities' but soon got use to it during our 5 night stay. The staff were friendly and helpful, recommending must do's in the area. Sway village is within walking distance with a nice pub and fantastic little butchers too! We loved our visit to the New Forest with loads to see and do - we will be back!
Unit Type: Caravan
Too many seasonal pitches
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We love Setthorns and the staff are very friendly and helpful. But it is so frustrating that a touring caravan site has the best pitches occupied during the summer months by vacant caravans. Would it be an idea to have a separate area for Seasonal pitches?
Unit Type: Caravan
Great Short Break
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Stayed at Setthorns for three nights in July. First venture to a Camping in the Forest site in our Motorhome with three dogs and loved it. Beautifully kept site so peaceful and calm. Weather was very warm so great combination of sun and shade and lovely walks. Even got on the bike for first time in 15 years and rode along the old Railway line to Brockenhurst. Loved watching the Wildlife all around us and the nightly visit of the deer was enchanting. Check in was seamless and plenty of information given and doggy biscuits with an info pack for the pups. Can't wait to come back!!
Unit Type: Motorhome
Peace and quiet under a forest roof
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As long as you do not want- TV, internet, mobile phone, This is the site for you. A large site but broken into so many areas that are individual and separate, you could be on a CL or CS. Lovely
Unit Type: Motorhome
Very tranquil
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We have been coming to this campsite for 15 yrs and it still is our favourite place to unwind and relax from our busy jobs. Back to basics is fab and a bit of fun. Will look forward to making many more memories here. Easy reach to everything and great fro cycling and walking.
Unit Type: Caravan
Perfect Getaway.
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Sprawling but you'd never know it. Units all tucked away in the trees. Proper back to nature sleeping in the woods, peaceful and lovely.
Unit Type: Camper Van
A bit too overgrown
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We last visited Setthorns 20 years ago when the site was less heavily wooded. It's much more overgrown now and really a bit too tight for a large caravan. We got onto a pitch but with some difficulty. The woods are magical. Lots of wildlife including deer, which wondered around our caravan even in broad daylight. We have a satallite dish and couldn't get a signal. A week without the telly was fine, but we don't have kids. Some caravans got a signal with a normal ariel, but be prepared. Great forestt and heathland walks are all around.
Unit Type: Caravan
Fabulous
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Great site well set out with relaxed atmosphere and very pretty surroundings with visiting wildlife and lots of cycling or walking from site. You do need your own facilities but that suits us well. Looking forward to return visit.
Unit Type: Motorhome
Magical Setthorns
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This place is just amazing. We have visited over the last 10 years over 30 times and we never cease to enjoy this wooded wonderland with the deers, squirrels and horses. Always sad when it's time to leave. By the way the staff have improved immensely since we first started coming here,
Unit Type: Caravan
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