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Herston Yards Farm Camp Site is ideally situated near the picturesque town of Swanage, at the gateway to the Jurassic Coast and in the heart of the Purbeck Hills. You'll be spoilt for choice with Studland and Old Harry Rocks to the east, Weymouth a short journey west easy access to the rolling Dorset countryside to the north.

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Herston Yards Farm is an award winning site, located just a mile from the beautiful beach at Swanage.

Those with a caravan or motorhome will find level and well-equipped hardstanding pitches, while there are camping pitches for all types of tent - each on level ground and split between three fields:

  • First Field offers electric hook-ups and water points and is closest to the main facilities.
  • Sea View Field is still close to all facilities and is the best choice for families.
  • Spear Point Field has a more secluded and spacious feel, though the furthest pitch is still only 150m from the facilities.

The site is open for touring all year round. Camping pitches are available from April to December.

AA Pennants (3 Star)
  • Herston Yards Farm,
    Wash Pond Lane, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3DJ
  • 50.6183, -1.9801 | SZ 1 79

If coming via the Shell Bay - Sandbanks chain ferry (toll, and closed between 11pm and 7am), continue on Ferry Road to Studland Village. Having passed through the village, filter left onto Ulwell Road. Follow the road to Swanage and then take the second right into Washpond Lane. At the roundabout take the second exit, and turn immediately left to continue on Washpond Lane. Continue past the cemetery on the left and take the next left turning. The site entrance is approximately 100 metres on the left.

If coming from Wareham, follow the A351 heading for Corfe Castle. Continue through Corfe Castle village and onward through Harmons Cross village. On entering Swanage, take turning left just after Swanage Middle School into Washpond Lane, continue for approximately one mile and the main entrance is on the right. Please note that this route is unsuitable for large RV's and tourers.

Newly refurbished toilets and family shower rooms are available in the corners of each camping field. Disabled shower and toilets are also located next to the shop. There is a playground for children, plus The Old Mess Room bar with TV and WiFi.

  • Adult only
  • Allow pets
  • Allow vans
  • Bike hire
  • Café / restaurant
  • Communal BBQ
  • Disabled facilities
  • Drinking water
  • Electric hookups
  • Entertainment
  • Family friendly
  • Fires allowed
  • Fishing
  • Games room
  • Glamping
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub
  • Internet access
  • Kids club
  • Kids playground
  • Laundry
  • Near beach
  • Near pub
  • Open year round
  • Peaceful
  • RV pitches
  • Shop
  • Showers
  • Swimming pool
  • Toilets
  • TV room
  • Vineyard
  • W.C. disposal
  • Water hookups
  • Watersports
  • Couples
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Members only
  • Naturists
  • Older families
  • Peace and quiet
  • Rallies
  • Single sex groups
  • Under 18's
  • Young families
Bell tent

10 x Bell Tents

Luxury Bell tents, sleeping four people on single airbeds (a double air bed can be supplied in place of two singles if you prefer), with drawers, mirror and fire pits for hire.

Hardstanding pitches

Hardstanding Touring Pitches

Level hardstanding touring pitches. Superior pitches are surrounded on three sides with hedging and have a large area of grass alongside, with electric, water and grey waste. Standard pitches have a smaller grassy area, and not all have grey waste.

Camping pitches

Grass Pitches

Level grass pitches suitable for campers and tourers. Camping pitches are split between three fields, Sea View (best for families), Spear Point (more secluded and spacious) and First Field (10 amp electric and a shared water tap).

There is plenty to discover in the picturesque Purbeck area, not least the Jurassic Coast - England's first World Heritage Site. Take the Swanage steam railway to historical Corfe Castle, enjoy the spectacular coastline or chill out at a Blue Flag beach.

Poole Harbour and Bournemouth are also easily accessible.

Nearby attractions include:

  • Swanage beach (1 mile)
  • Swanage Railway (1 mile)
  • Putlake Adventure Farm with soft play, tractor rides, etc. (1 mile)
  • Isle of Purbeck Golf Club (2 miles)
  • Studland and Godlington Heath National Nature Reserve (3 miles)
  • Watersports at Knoll Beach (3 miles)
  • Old Harry Rocks (3 miles)
  • Corfe Castle (4 miles)
  • RSPB Arne (8 miles)
  • Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door (12 miles)
  • Farmer Palmer's Farm Park (12 miles)
  • Monkey World (12 miles)

The site can also help arrange activities such as coasteering, kayaking, climbing and abseiling, and mountain biking.


  • Superior pitches: £25.00-£46.50 per night
  • Standard pitches: £20.00-£41.50 per night
  • Grass pitches: £18.00-£38.00 per night


  • Small tents (1-2 person): £10.00-£20.00 per night
  • Medium tents (3-6 person): £12.00-£30.00 per night
  • Large tents (7-12 person): £16.00-£35.00 per night


  • Pup tents: £5.00 per night
  • Gazebos: £5.00 per night
  • Extra car: £3.00 per night

No charge for dogs, awnings, or facilities.

Bell tents: £70.00-£120.00 per night, inclusive of four people.

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times whilst on the park.


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