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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 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


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

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

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
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • 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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A brilliant site....quiet, peaceful back to nature....
This was our first time at Setthorns Campsite in the New Forest and we will certainly be back again! Being a nature lover, it was a real thrill to be camping in the forest and to see the ponies, deer and birds so close by. From the minute we arrived and checked in at reception to the moment we said goodbye, everything was perfect. The Receptionists were extremely friendly and helpful and the site facilities very well maintained. Cannot recommend it highly enough. Thank you so much.
Unit Type: Camper Van
We spent 2 nights at Setthornes and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute! We were right in the forest with plenty of walks and wild life to see. Couldn't have been any closer to nature! Someone had recommended the site to us and we would definately recommend it to others. Easy checking in with a relaxed atmostphere.
Unit Type: Camper Van
Excellent stay, as always!
This is a beautiful site that we visit often, especially in the winter. You need your own facilities as there is only electric hook-up and water & emptying points at the site but the surroundings are stunning and you camp literally amongst the trees. There are no street lights or mod cons which is lovely, almost like wild camping!
Unit Type: Motorhome
staying at setthorns
nice site,always been quiet when we go,nice walk into Sway for lunch. staff always happy to help,good size pitches and a sense of seclusion to them,with all the trees. all you need really.
Unit Type: Caravan
Lovely peaceful site
The office staff were really welcoming and friendly. Our daughter and family were late arriving but everything was organised by the staff so that there was no hassle. A lovely place to be; amongst the trees and close to nature. Our 5 year old grandson had a wonderful time hunting for dinosaurs in the trees.
Unit Type: Caravan
I booked Setthorns as it's one of the few campsites within shouting distance of me that are actually open in the 'off' season, and I wanted to do a 'shakedown test' of the unit before going away for a long stay somewhere. I pre-booked so when I arrived on-site all I had to do was visit the reception shack and confirm my registration number. I was given a map of the site and directed to my pitch, run through the usual rules and regulations, and had to give a visual check of my chemical toilet (there are no facilities on site). I had opted for a 'Premium' pitch, which is hard standing with EHU. Be warned, if you need to pitch anything on there pitches you will need rock pegs and probably a hammer. I only had a toilet tent to pitch, so not really a problem. There are standpipes, waste water disposal and wheely bins at set locations through the site. Easy to find and kept clean and tidy. Although only one night, we enjoyed our stay at Setthorns. As a 'pet friendly' site you will not see as much wildlife as you might encounter at other sites in the New Forest, but we still had squirrel and deer visitors. The site was quiet and well drained, in a beautiful setting and we would not hesitate visiting here again.
Unit Type: Camper Van
Great campsite friendly wardens very helpfull
Great campsite friendly wardens very helpfull. It was are very first time at caravaning we stayed three nights wildlife all around the site pitches very good size very peaceful stay for are first time thank you to all the staff we will be back very soon .
Unit Type: Caravan
A true escape from it all
It is perfect for being with nature, family & fresh air. The location is great. The cycle path is on the doorstep, footpaths to villages & ponds to explore. We made dens in the woods, found frogspawn in the nearby pond & watched a variety of birds. The children 5 & 8 were safe & had freedom to roam. We will book again, reluctant to write a great review as it feels like we have found a hidden gem that is too good to share!
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
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
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