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Prices From £13.95 per night (Two Adults) BOOK NOW

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.

With 235 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. Beyond the pitches, you won’t know where the campsite ends and the forest begins.


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. 

Please note that a chemical toilet is required when staying at this campsite.

Any barbecues used on our sites should be specifically designed and used only for the purpose of cooking food (i.e not firepits). They should be robust, secure and able to be raised off of the forest floor, there should no damage or marks left on the ground where they have been used. In support of the New Forest Action Plan we are asking campers not to bring disposable barbecues for their stay. We are also reminding campers that outside of our sites no barbecues of any kind are now allowed anywhere in the New Forest.

Please do not feed, pet or approach the animals in and around the campsite; they may look friendly but are unpredictable and can bite and kick. Please keep all food sealed and out of reach of the ponies

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.

This means that a chemical toilet is required when staying at this campsite
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The site also has Hardstanding Select as a pitch type option. This includes a hardstanding pitch with electric hook up, offering more space than a normal hardstanding pitch

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.


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.



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


Coaches

The main coach station is Southampton. The nearest stop to the site is outside Brockenhurst College.

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: New Forest Activities, Hazel Copse Farm, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7WA
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
£13.95 per night (Two Adults) BOOK NOW

At a Glance

  • Open 12th April - 31st December 2021
  • 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
  • View our pricing guide and seasonal dates

Contact Details

Setthorns Campsite, New Forest New Milton Hampshire BH25 5WA
01590 681020

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New rules on waters disposal not very practical
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If this site is going to impose rules regarding disposal of grey water and left over clean water, the drainage must be much more user friendly. It's all very well showing a young fit man lifting his use water container into the toilet emptying point but my husband & I who are both in our 70's found this nearly impossible due to the wait. Please could you supply better drainage point on Setthorns.
Unit Type: Caravan
Fantastic
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Quiet peaceful and well maintained site, was our second visit and won't be our last
Unit Type: Caravan
Wonderfully pleasant and relaxing stay.
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With Hollands Wood nearby, closed at this time of the year, we decided to give this site a try. We were not disappointed. The pitch was semi hardstanding, large and secluded, backing on to trees, giving us the impression that we really were deep in the forest! Facilities are basic (electric hookup, water and waste nearby), no toilets. Not a problem as long as you don't mind emptying the caravan loo daily! I would heartily recommend this site as a quiet, at one with nature, camp site.
Unit Type: Caravan
peaceful site
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Find your own pitches..which are set out in groups amongst the trees. Very peaceful and complete darkness at night . Only the noises of the forest.. good spacing between pitches. Staff very helpful on arrival. You most likely need to use ramps to level out unit . Choose electric or non ehu. Great place to chill out .
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
Brilliant Again
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What an idyllic site. We have been coming here for over 20 years never dissapointed here. Only 1 slight thing is that they have stopped you feeding the wildlife. I understand about not feeding the ponies but we loved to put a bird feeder up and have the abundance of birds visiting and feeding the squirrels monkey nuts. Other than that brilliant campsite very friendly staff as always. We will return again and again and again
Unit Type: Camper Van
Lovely as always.
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We always enjoy our stays in the New Forest. So peaceful. I recommend it to everyone. Wonderful walks and my dogs love it ponies, rabbits and squirrels everywhere. Cows and donkeys in other places, just wonderful to unwind, destress and relax
Unit Type: Caravan
Disappointed
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Stayed here many times before and earlier in the year. First time on select pitches. I appreciate the weather was poor, but come on you really do need to maintain the roads better. Caravans and movers don’t have much tolerance and the pot holes on the access to the Select pitches represented a lunar landscape. This must have taken several weeks/months to get this bad. Such a shame as one of our favourite sites. Looking to go elsewhere.
Unit Type: Caravan
Lovely stay
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Had a wonderful 3 nights with plenty of birds and squirrels to keep us and the dog amused, and although the board at the entrance indicated the site was full, it did not feel so; many of the seasonal vans were unoccupied. We were parked in Oaken Bottom which was really close to the heath, the disused railway trail and the cycle path through the forest. The weather was kind to us and we had some good walks - even took in the river, which we would have enjoyed more if we'd had wellies! A great time of year to visit if you prefer the quieter experience of fewer people and a general absence of children. Handy location for Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst, Lymington and the coast, but we preferred to stay on the site and go walking. Friendly and helpful staff, particularly in trying to resolve an issue with an empty seasonal van smoke alarm beeping. Will definitely visit again.
Unit Type: Camper Van
Good as usual but site roads have lots of big potholes
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Been coming here for many years but never seen the site roads in such a poor condition. Same applies to the entrances/roads leading into car parking areas around the Forest. Yet out in the middle of the Moors, tons of stone has recently been dumped to improve tracks. A reply from Forestry Commission appreciated.
Unit Type: Caravan
Amazing site, cannot wait to return.
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What can I say, like staying in the middle of the New Forest with the occasional visit from the local deers and more frequent ponies bunnies and squirrels, You have to have your own toilet/washing facilities but no shortage of fresh water and plentiful CDP/power points. The site is simply enormous with loads of space between already generous pitches. With amazing walks into the forest, we walked into Sway with the dog which took approx 40mins had a lovely lunch and wandered back. I can honestly say Setthorns is the quietest site I have ever stayed on with it’s randomly sited pitches it was a breath of fresh air to not have to pitch in regimented lines the correct side/distance of a small wooden post (you will obey). Already booked my next stay.
Unit Type: Caravan