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

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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 Wooton, New Milton Hampshire BH25 5WA
01590 681020

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Loved it
Not sure why people moaning about setthorns it's awesome, animals wondering through, walks and exploring with the children staff are friendly and yes no facilitys oh well have everything in our caravan we need (we also knew before booking). The pitches are hard standing and yes a little bit muddy but we are in a forest and the amount of rain we had this week I'm not at all surprised. We will definatly be coming back hopfully with some better weather, again we love this place and so do the children.
Unit Type: Caravan
Stayed 2 nights with Brandy the King Charles, and will be back again, this site is beautiful and quiet
Unit Type: Camper Van
A not particularly pleasant site, potholes everywhere. As others have stated, too many untidy seasonal pitches. Sameday bookings not possible online after 14:00. Mind boggling in this day and age. Staff on 024 7642 3008 have no idea of site office opening hours. Was told site manager would be available to talk to on arrival (17:30), but office shut (10:00 - 16:00) and message left on answerphone ignored. Having had my answerphone message ignored, I called mid-morning to let them know I'd be back before 16:00 to pay for the previous night, and ended up having a heated discussion with the argumentative female site manager who insisted I return to site immediately, and when told that wasn't possible accused me of trying to get away without paying, told me to stop shouting (I'd raised my voice) and then put the phone down!! I called Camping in the Forest to complain, only to find their complaints department is an answerphone and the response time is measured in days... So, I tried again, this time getting through to someone who, in all fairness, was extremely helpful. Interestingly, I was told the site manager had already called and given her side of this tedious saga. I have no faith anything will change; the impression is of a company out of its depth, staffed mainly by incompetents who have no idea how to treat customers. Headline rate of £12.40, but a pitch with electric was nearly £19, which is poor value for money considering the state of the site and lack of facilities. When did it all become so difficult? Avoid.
Unit Type: Caravan
a true escape
wow! stayed 2 nights with our two jack russells. What a great place to totally unwind. So nice to be in the forest and feel remote but a village was in easy walking distance and we enjoyed using the old railway walk. Will definitely be back.
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
Great location with instant Forest access
Great location with instant Forest access onto a network of paths and bridleways... Advance booking essential as nearly all pitches are preoccupied with seasonal caravans. Facilities are minimal and sparse but the welcome was full of enthusiasm and friendly! We love the Forest Sites and simply wish there were more...
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
Very disappointed
Have been staying at Setthorns for over 30 years and I am afraid to say that I feel that since the C&CC have been involved the standards have gone down. The pitches have become muckier ( We always stay select) and the state of some of the seasonal vans and awnings covered in green algae and other bits and pieces left lying around make it look like a gypsy encampment also the roads are becoming potholed again
Unit Type: Caravan
Too many seasonal pitches
Will not be returning, site is now almost only seasonal pitches, at least 50-60% taken up by unoccupied seasonal pitches. Absolutely ridiculous, never any decent pitches left. This is supposed to be a touring site, more like a trailer park. Rubbish.
Unit Type: Caravan
Too many seasonal pitches
We have been coming to this campsite for over 40 years man and boy. We have been coming here for many years in own van and over the last few years it just getting ridiculous. There are far too many seasonal pitches in all the areas now including select and premium. It is so frustrating when you arrive, drive round and can only find two or three empty pitches which are not great as all the decent pitches have unoccupied seasonal outfits on them. This has ruined which was once a great site. There should be a limit to the amount of seasonal pitches allocated. This is supposed to be a touring site not a village of permanent pitches like a trailer park. The atmosphere here seems to have changed also. Does not feel as friendly as it once was. We will probably never return now and am already looking for alternatives in the area of which there are many. It is ridiculous how camping in the forest have complete screwed this site up.
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
Lovely site situated in the heart of the New Foresy
Booking was simple and the staff very accommodating especially when we needed to change a couple of dates and then extend the stay. The reception was very helpful and pointed us in the right direction for camping shops, gas etc. Setthorns is a beautiful location and each pitch is nicely private. There is direct access onto the forest from the site, great for walking and popular with dogs. We had a couple of visits from stags whilst we were there, a joy to watch. We will be back.
Unit Type: Caravan
Absolutely love this site. Back to nature lovely and quiet and lots of family's having harmless fun. This is the second year in a row at this site and already looking to return this year. Love the walks and the wildlife and the night sky. My son loved the midnight walk and using his imagination in the forest. Highly recommended.
Unit Type: Tent
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