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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.

This summer, save 15% on grass only bookings with code GRASS15. Valid online for a limited time only exclusively online. Find out more.

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

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
  • 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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Peaceful
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I stayed for 2 nights in a tent at Setthorns (used to stay in a caravan back in the 80's and 90's) and was a bit disappointed with the choice of space available for grass pitches with no electric. I had to complain about 2 very noisy occupant's in the only other tent, but they were swiftly dealt with and left the campsite within a few hours. I could still hear the sound of traffic in the distance and the occasional very noisy motorbike, which I don't recall hearing when staying on the hard pitches further into the site. I had hoped to not to hear any traffic at all. Once the inconsiderate couple had left, it was very peaceful and tranquil and I saw so may deer, cows, ponies, rabbits and squirrels. The bird song was very therapeutic. Overall, a good weekend.
Unit Type: Tent
peace and quiet
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This is the second time we have been to the site and both times is been great , lots of wildlife and birds and plenty of walks to suit all ages
Unit Type: Motorhome
magical camp site
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Camp site excellent, staff very very friendly and helpful. deer roaming around, squirells and birds too. Even a monkjack called right by our caravan to see us. what more do you want. Our third time here and willdefinitely be back and have recommended it to friends
Unit Type: Caravan
Great stay
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Our second vist,woke up to see deer roaming around the van and squirrels in the trees ,felt like being on Walt Disney film set. The staff here are very helpful and very pleasant .well worth a vist!
Unit Type: Motorhome
Spacious pitches, right in the middle of nature
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Our fourth visit to Setthorns since the winter as it's become one of our most favourite sites and source of escape into nature whether for hiking or cycling the New Forest. It's quiet, roomy, a very relaxing atmosphere whether you just stay on site, go off into the forest or nearby woods, or use as a base to travel to the nearby coast. Friendly, helpful wardens, spacious pitches with lots of room either side. Waking up to visiting deer and squirrel is always a lot of fun. Already booked to return next week - again! :-)
Unit Type: Caravan
Firist class
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What a lovely find .wright from the outset we had a friendly welcome with great advise about the area .if you like nature and not crowds this is the one for you.we felt like we had it all to ourselves ,well positioned pitches,not crammed in to give you the sence of wild camping .already booking next stay!
Unit Type: Camper Van
Wonderful place
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An absolutely gorgeous and relaxing place to camp in a very special part of the UK. So unspoilt and the wildlife was amazing. Being blessed with glorious weather also helped! My 5 year old daughter loved being able to ride around on her bike in complete safety and our two dogs were in heaven - especially since the majority of the beaches in the area were dog friendly at that time of year. Would love to return.
Unit Type: Caravan
Great short stay
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We had a great short break at Setthorns We had our 5 year old granddaughter with us She had a fantastic time on her first camping trip we all loved it camping in the forest Hoping to go again soon
Unit Type: Caravan
Excellent
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Been to Setthorns many times over many years.Love the site Recently have found a large number of permanent vans occupying pitches and choice now quite limited.Found one pitch we very happy with but may consider alternative sites if needed in the future. Lovely stay and hope to continue to visit
Unit Type: Caravan
A brilliant site....quiet, peaceful back to nature....
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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
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