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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

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


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


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


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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Lovely site
We stayed for a 5 day break to get rid of the cobwebs after the winter. this was the perfect site for this. After the weather we have had since October the gravel tracks were in need of some maintenance with many pot holes I'm sure this will be a priority once a dry spell sets in. There was an abundance of wildlife, at one point we were graced with 17 Doe Roe Deer's passing the caravan. Easy walk to Sway and many site to visit locally. A must site for relaxing; if it's peace and quiet your after select the lower site by the disused rail line as this is sheltered from the road traffic.
Unit Type: Caravan
Peaceful site
Setthorns is a relaxing and peaceful site where you can see a variety of animals - deer, squirrels and birds while sat in your caravan. The site is very clean and well looked after.
Unit Type: Caravan
A Good Experience
Booking process straightforward, staff (on arrival) friendly and helpful, site very pleasant, plenty of bins including recycling, water/toilet points well maintained and easy to find. If there is one thing I would hope to see improved it is the motor-home service area in which we very nearly got stuck because of the muddy ground. Even if the ground had been firm it would have been tricky to get our grey water pipe exactly over the drain. Really enjoyed it and definitely will be back in the future.
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
Fantastic Forrest Escape
Very good site - great walks for the dogs - close to many places to visit - would stay again
Unit Type: Caravan
February in New Forest
A wet and wild adventure. Staff on site very helpful and happy. Site well maintained. We were blessed to see deer wondering through the site and ponies coming up to the door. Great 5 days.
Unit Type: Caravan
We've stayed here quite a few times now. Usually in the winter months. It's quiet, without hoards of screaming kids (mine's now grown-up now, so I can moan about such things). Really good woodland walks to explore / get lost in. Usually plenty of deer to see and the occasional pig & pony. My wife and I (50-years of age) just like to go somewhere where we can just chill with our Jack Russell, drink wine and relax...and then drink more wine. Couldn’t find a glass recycling bin though and we found that to be the case the last time that we visited too (November 19). Perhaps I'm not looking hard enough? We had to take our bottles back home with us to recycle. I'm not an eco-warrior, but just think we should recycle where we can. I did notice that there were a lot of glass bottles in the general waste bins. Staff are friendly and helpful. The place is great, but I wouldn’t recommenced it to anyone, because I love it and it's peacefulness just the way it is and don't want it to become too popular! :-) :-D ;-) Seriously worth a visit.
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
Lovely friendly site
We braved storm Dennis but it didn't ruin our stay at Setthorns. Its a really lovely campsite well protected from the elements! Friendly welcome on arrival with tips for the best site for us. Parked up then enjoyed a lovely dog walk through the forest. Cosy night in Ernie (our van) and another dog walk. We'll definitely be back!
Unit Type: Camper Van
Relaxing and stunning
In the middle of the new forest, hidden in the trees where nature comes to your door, so peaceful and the horses, deer and other wildlife were a regular companion. Back to nature so you can unwind and relax and enjoy walks from the site or local attractions. I would highly recommend this site.
Unit Type: Motorhome
Great campsite
We have visited this site a few times. Its great at any time of year, but especially in the winter. It is a basic, quiet site with good walks.
Unit Type: Camper Van
How kind were they
After losing my husband who was driving the Motorhome en route I was helped by Rod and Sylvie 2 wardens who let me and our dog stay in their heated awning until my husband was found and returned . We loved our stay , saw stags with new antlers, really naughty Shetland ponies who vandalised our. bird feeders , squirrels , also expert bird feeder vandals , masses of birds including a woodpecker slept under dark skies visited the nearest pub . walked with the dog .".....great
Unit Type: RV Motorhome