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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 onto one of the many waymarked routes through the forest, 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


hurst-castle-panoramicHurst Castle 
Discover the fortress built by Henry VIII. Take a short ferry ride or trek along the 1.5 mile sea road to get to the magnificent castle. 
Tel: 01590 642500




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
£12.80 per night (Two Adults) BOOK NOW

At a Glance

  • No toilets or showers
  • Chemical toilet required
  • 235 pitches
  • Hardstanding and electric hook up available
  • 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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Had problems with tow car. Son in law drove van down and assisted in set up. ( I am 85 years old) We followed in wife car. No problem. After being there 11 days found note on car no blue ticket displayed. ( I would like to point out that close friend had problems with blue badge car broken into. Law advised not to display ticket in car as it give thieves the fact that owner is on holiday and there might be good pickings in car. Too easy to remember to show on returning in the dark). However son in law arrived collect us a 140 mile drive checked in to reception (£5) we supplied bowl of soup and a cup tea. He helped in loading and what was left of the trash. Departed. Held up while other person parked up. On reporting to reception to collect £5 Was told quite forcibly that he was right on time 1 hr. could forfeit £5. He was helping us out! (jobs worth) We have visited site 20 times± never felt so uncomfortable. These incidents put a cloud over what was a good HOLIDAY
Unit Type: Caravan
Seasonal campers
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We have been camping here for several years and love the tranquility, wildlife and fabulous walks straight from the site, however it has become increasingly difficult to find a suitable pitch for our tent as the site now seems to be overrun with seasonal caravans/motorhomes!!
Unit Type: Tent
Too busy now
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Myself and my husband have been visiting Setthorns for a few years now. We used to love how quiet the campsite was (out of school holidays) and at the times we went, the campsite was never too busy. Unfortunately this time however, when we arrived, we only had the choice of two spaces, neither of which would we have chosen normally. It seemed caravans and motorhomes were coming and going throughout the week, with people asking campers if they were going soon as they wanted their space. We also found that there are now far too many caravans stored at the campsite. They have not only taken some of the best camping spots, but have cut down on the amount of spaces available to people wishing to camp for a week or so. The forest is however, as beautiful as ever and so we shall be back next year, but will try a different site to see if it’s any better.
Unit Type: Caravan
Very beautiful location
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We had a quiet, peaceful holiday in a stunningly beautiful location,with trails to walk in all directions in the woodland. It was exciting to wake in the morning a see a beautiful stag with huge antlers standing feet from our caravan. If shopping or eating out try Lymington as other towns were disappointing. Also there is a Saturday street market in Lymington and a Waterstones. Mobile phone/internet reception was pants and that added to the enjoyment. We will be back.
Unit Type: Caravan
Oustanding Beauty
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We stayed here for the first time and we absolutely loved it. The scenery and location of the site was beautiful. There was a sense of calm and tranquillity. We had an electric pitch which did not have much sun at all but we spent time picking up cycle routes and when back at base watching the squirrels and nature at its best Will definitely be going again.
Unit Type: Motorhome
Absolutely magical
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Such a lovely site in a wonderful setting. We saw more wildlife in 4 hours then we have done in 4 2 week cottage holidays !!! The deer were amazing and actually roam round the caravans - we were thrilled !!! Will definitely be going back and would recommend it to everyone.
Unit Type: Camper Van
Fantastic site.
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Such a beautiful site with the magic of waking up to deer each morning especially Limpy who we loved so much. The Wardens were the best we have ever met. They were so friendly and helpful. Will always return to Setthorns time and time again.
Unit Type: Caravan
Peace and quiet
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I love Setthorns campsite for the peace and quiet and the wildlife that is so close, the deer, rabbits and squirrels that are all around you and the beautiful birds.
Unit Type: Caravan
Yet again - a great experience
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This is the second time we have stayed here. It ticks all the boxes as far as we are concerned. This was a one day stay to test out our updated motorhome. We find the staff extremely friendly and helpful and we quickly settled into our select spot. Loads of cycling, walking and the sounds of nature all around. A small herd of deer went scampering close to us providing an excellent 'kodak moment'. Just one minor niggle is that the motorhome service point is a little primitive. The grey waste outlet could do with being a dropped, concreted large dip so that we did not have to have two goes at trying to get our outlet over the one foot round hole which is slightly raised and uneven. Nevertheless, we will certainly be back to explore more of the area - and enjoy a welcome pint in the two local pubs a short ride away. Thank you.
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
Super Setthorns
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Fabulous location near Sway village which has all the amenities you could want and within walking distance through the forest. We stayed at the premium pitch was very spacious and close to water/ waste wherever you set up here. Also bench supplied. Gravel hard standing with electric hook up. Very private secluded pitches.
Unit Type: Caravan