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Campsite Review -
Woodland Park

Bucknowle Farm, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5PQ
T: 01929 480315 E: hazelparker@btconnect.com
Site visited: 1997 and 2006
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This was one of the first campsites we stayed at and one of the few places we have returned to. That doesn’t mean we have had a lot of bad experiences at other campsites because we’ve rarely visited a bad one, but it does mean that Woodland Park was definitely worth a return trip.
 
The campsite is set in a lovely field surrounded by trees only a shortwalk from Corfe. If you set up in the central area you can get a sunny pitch but many are set under the trees on the outskirts which is great in the middle of summer when you might want shade but not so good in spring and autumn.
 
There is a children’s play area tucked away behind some trees at one end of the camp site which although had seen better days was enjoyed by the boys.
 
When we first stayed there the wash blocks were a little, well, basic. But the location is so nice that it didn’t stop us visiting again. You’ll be pleased to know that when we visited again, they had some brand spanking new facilities which get top marks.
 
What hasn’t changed since we went first time is the camp site shop, which is actually a shed, but nevertheless has all the basics you might need (when it’s open).
 
The surrounding area is very beautiful and well worth a visit – it’s almost a shame the campsite is surrounded by trees as I’m sure they would have some fantastic views if they chopped a few down.
 
Corfe Castle itself is a 15 minute walk away along a choice of footpaths – bring a torch if returning after dark! Corfe has a variety of decent pubs/restaurants plus of course the ruined castle and curio shops. We had a very nice meal at the Greyhound (the most photographed pub in England apparently).
 
So, all in all, a great campsite.
 
The boys’ review
 
The best thing about the whole place is the sweet shop in the town of Corfe, it contains a vast selection of different sweets (including 1p pick n mix bags).

The play area at the site has a Tarzan sort of swing rope, which you can swing off the tree. In the toilets there were tonnes of these pesky craneflies which start buzzing in your face when having a shower. Altogether the campsite was pretty cool.
Ell