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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 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 are Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst, offering 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

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
£12.10 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
  • 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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For us, the best site in the New Forest!
By Simon Sackett
My wife and I just got back home from five nights at Setthorns and we have immediately booked again for May. If we could we'd go back now. We had booked a Premium pitch for our motorhome initially but when we explored the site we found the Select pitches were bigger, more secluded, and only a little more expensive so we upgraded and moved up the hill. There's not much I can say that hasn't been said by other reviewers - there's easy access to numerous walks, the coast, Bournemouth, Lyndhurst (Ferrari dealer here!), Brockenhurst,and Blackwater Arboretum. Lots of animals, birds, silence and masses of stars at night... it's a lovely place and the staff are friendly and helpful too. If, like us, you enjoy getting back to nature you'll love it.
how the wardens helped our son
By katrina lawrence
Than you to all the wardens at setthorns for helping us with our son Joe when he was critically I'll on our holiday.he had major surgery that day that saved his life thank you for helping save Joe from Mrs lawrence
Wonderful Wardens
By christine Cleland
Just back from a recent stay at the beautiful Setthorns & would like to say how extremely helpful the Wardens were when our young dog ran into the wire fence and cut his leg. They searched the internet to find the nearest Vet & phoned for us (we could not get a signal). It was a Sunday afternoon so of course \"out of hours\". I have to say they could not have been more helpful. However I feel quite sorry for them having to listen to all the moans from people staying on the site, mainly the dreadful potholes and the very expensive costs of staying on this site. Yes we decided to treat ourselves to a premium pitch but really can't see how you justify the costs. Surely the fact that the site was very empty, apart from the \"seasonals\" that there is something wrong here. And you don't get all the discounts that it says in the brochure. As you are now part of the Camping & Caravan Club where is the investment?
Good site, but take yer rock pegs!!
By Mike Davies
Went to Setthorns for two nights. Easy check-in, nice people in reception. Recomend the Select Pitches at the end of the site - very quiet, electric hook up, large and secluded. Surrounded by wildlife. Rabbits, birds and I heard something 'clopping' past at 3 in the morning, but that was ok. If you want to get away from it all, this is one of the places. We live 20 minutes away in Bournemouth town, to be so near this site is a luxury - we'll be back. Oh, you are on the Bournemouth Airport flight path but it's no problem..........
Hollyberry review of Setthorns, New Forest
By Hollyberry
This was my first camp site ever as I only collected my motorhome the day I stayed here. Very friendly welcome, great directions to the pitch I was given a choice of areas within the site) I was also allowed to bring my car (and my friend's car) up to the site as I had to load so much into the new motorhome (and couldn't park it outside the house I'd been staying in) The Forest is my favourite place in the UK anyway, and this was a lovely place even in cold January. Squirrels ran past the door, and of course lots of ponies and deer nearby too. A great place to stay if you like cycling or walking. With transport you can visit Lymington, Lyndhurst, Burley as well as Bournemouth. Sway, the nearest village, is very friendly with a village store, P.O/newsagent, pharmacy, butcher and a new pub--well worth a visit & support local businesses.
RAY KING review of Setthorns, New Forest
Andy & Megan review of Setthorns, New Forest
By Andy &
What a loveley site! A very warm friendly welcome from smiling and knowledgable staff. We had asked for EHU and had a choice of pitches,most among trees, with plenty of space and relative privacy. Our chosen pitch was almost perfectly level too. We were visited by several large Fallow Deer and we also saw woodpeckers, squirels and all manner of other wildlife. A very peaceful time, probably the most relaxing break we have taken.... we wished we could have stayed longer. The nearby disused railway and other cycle paths were great too. Plenty of countryside to explore by foot or by bike if you want an active time, but plenty of space and peace and quiet if you want a gentle break.Fantastic dawn chorus was a bonus! The facilities are basic but well constructed , easy to access and plentiful.Limited grey waste water disposal for motorhome was a minor criticism, hence only 4 stars. The pot-holes mentioned in another review were not an issue for us (7m motorhome)but as the speed limit on site is 5mph, it shouldn't really be a problem for anyone....
els review of Setthorns, New Forest
By els
we have been going to setthorns for about 10 years now first with family and grandchildren and now on uore own love it there hope to go for many more years is allways good whatever time of year you go.els
Tracey & Roger Wicks review of Setthorns, New Forest
By Tracey &
It is 10 years since we last stayed at Setthorns with our children and we decided that this year we would return, this time on our own as our children are now grown up. This setting still has all the charm and beauty that we remembered and loved the first time that we stayed here. Although there are absolutely no facilities other than a water tap, electric hook up and Elsan point, this is all you need for a very relaxing holiday. A disused railway line runs through the centre of the site and this is an excellent cycling and walking route right on your doorstep. There is a path through the forest that leads directly into the villiage of Sway and here you can find local shops with places to eat and drink. There are many other off road pathways to walk and cycle directly outside the campsite and a particular beautiful spot is Wootton Bridge where you can sit by the stream and relax or if you have children, they can paddle and fish for tiddlers with a net! An ice cream van stops here regularly as well. During our visit, we saw plently of wildlife around our caravan including deer, rabbits & squirrels plus many species of birds including woodpeckers & cuckoos. The New Forest ponies also roam in and out of the forest. We would highly recommend this site if you like getting away from it all and having some time out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Pandabloke review of Setthorns, New Forest
By Pandabloke
I stayed for 4 nights over the Jubilee weekend. I am a solo camper (apart from Arnold, a particularly grumpy and foul mouthed cuddly Panda...) and my unit is a Conway Excel folding camper with EHU. On arrival, despite having booked online less than 24hrs before, the very courteous staff were expecting me and could not have been more helpful. I had booked a premium pitch, with EHU and was given the freedom to roam around those applicable pitches to choose whichever one I wanted. The pitches were all adequate for any reasonable sized unit. (Even Arnold, who himself is a big unit....) I just decided to erect my unit, 1 metre extension + sun canopy and skirt for storage. I saw no need to use my full awning (Arnold doesn't take up that much room), although there was plenty of room to do so if I had chosen too. However, a word of warning - unbeknown to me, you'll need rock pegs. This problem did double my time to put up even limited canvas and a word to the wise beforehand would have been nice. Have you ever tried welting in a seven inch rock peg armed with nothing but a wooden mallet and the comical asides of a stuffed Panda? But apart from that very limited issue, the stay is proving to be peaceful (very quiet in the evenings despite the site being fully booked with a mixed group of campers of all ages). Arnold's snoring hasn't even bothered anyone. If it has, they haven't mentioned it, but would tell an irritable Panda he was snoring? There are almost no facilities at these Forest sites, just CDC and water, so beware. That info is on all the literature so it should come as no surprise, but if you don't like chemical loo's... Also no showers, so make your own arrangements. I purchased a loo + tent beforehand and Arnold just ambles into the undergrowth to carry out his ablutions. So come to the forest. Bring a lavvy and a club hammer and a more ammicable mammal than I did, and you'll be fine. After all, if it's good enough for Arnold...
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