California Meadows Campsite

Being set slightly above Swanage, California Meadows Campsite has spectacular views down over Swanage bay and across to the Purbeck Hills.

Perfect for accessing great coastal paths, this small, family-run campsite is popular with walkers and groups. It’s a rustic, natural spot, with a wealth of wildflowers, and nearby grazing animals. There’s a rugged nature reserve nearby and you can easily access the South West Coast Path from here.

Swanage Bay and town are around a 25-minute walk away. Alternatively you can call a local taxi to bring you down to the beach or take you back to your tent after an evening out exploring Swanage’s pubs or after having a meal out at one of the area’s restaurants.

California Meadows is a great base for exploring the wider Purbeck coastline and countryside. From town you can catch a bus to the famous Studland Bay or a pleasant 30-minute downhill stroll will take you to Swanage Railway Station, where you can hop on a vintage locomotive to Harman’s Cross, the village and castle ruin at Corfe, or Norden, where you can hire a bike and head out on excellent heathland and ridgeway rides.

Facilities are limited but do include a small, clean and well-stocked toilet block (no showers) and cold water wash-up area, and the campsite does ask that noise levels are kept to a minimum.

ūüĒ• Disposable BBQs are not allowed here, but there is a communal firepit area to provide that rustic camping experience of gathering around the fire.

ūüźĺ¬†Well-behaved dogs are welcome at California Meadows

Self-catering Shepherd Hut

Self-catering shepherd hut for rental at California Campsite in Swanage

Views down to the Isle of Wight from the shepherd hut (picture courtesy of California Meadows)

California Meadows also has a refurbished vintage shepherd’s hut available for hire.

It comes equipped with heating and lighting, and has a small, private garden with sea views.

Duvet and pillows are provided, but you’ll need to bring your own bed linen and towels.

ūüõŹÔłŹ¬†Sleeps two

Events at California Meadows

Tables and chairs in wedding marquee at California Meadows Campsite

The marquee dressed and ready for the big day (picture courtesy of California Meadows)

California Campsite is also available for hire for events such as weddings with its barn, cottages and marquee available to use, or simply for a large family to get together in the great outdoors.

You can also combine your stay or special event with planned activities, such as local watersports or arts & crafts.

Speak to the friendly owner to discuss your requirements and booking.

Contact details

California Meadows’ camping season runs from April to October inclusive each year.

To enquire about booking a pitch for your holiday or booking the campsite exclusively for an event call or visit their website:

  • ūüď쬆01929 425049
  • ‚ĄĻÔłŹ
  • ūüď欆California Cottage, Swanage BH19 2RS (about a one-mile walk into the centre of Swanage town)

Nearby points of interest

Peveril Point and Durlston Bay view from Durlston Country Park

Durlston Country Park

California Meadows is close to South West Coast Path walks, which include Durlston Country Park. As part of the appeal of camping is sleeping under the stars, and this part of the world has fantastic dark skies for stargazing, why not go along to one of Durlston’s Stargazing and astronomy evenings to learn more about the night sky?

You can walk to the beach and¬†all the amenities of Swanage town via Priest’s Way in around 20 minutes.

The swimming pool and gym at nearby Swanage Bay View Holiday Park are open to the public to use and are under a ten-minute walk away.

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