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Quarr Camping

Traditional family-friendly campsite between Corfe Castle and Swanage

Quarr Campsite is ideally located for rural camping on a friendly campsite within five minutes of both Swanage and Corfe Castle.

The family-run site is part of a working farm and offers a choose-your-own pitch policy, and many families choose to camp near to where the heritage Swanage Railway trains run past the field, so the kids can wave at the old-fashioned train’s as it passes.

Camping field at Quarr Campsite, Harman's Cross
Gently undulating grass field for camping (Photo courtesy of Quarr Camping)

If you want to take a ride on an old steam or diesel train, Harman’s Cross station is just a ten-minute walk, and the train will take you on a leisurely chug through the Purbeck countryside to Swanage one way and to the village of Corfe Castle the other way.

There’s also a large playground opposite the station for children to let off steam (go along the footpath or across the fields), and nearby bus stops if you want an alternative means of transport, or fancy venturing further afield to Wareham, where you can pick up a train into Poole or Bournemouth.

This is a friendly, back-to-basics site, with no electric hook-ups, however there are toilets & shower facilities (remember to bring some 20p coins for this) and drinking water available. You may spot deer or hear owls at night, along with seeing other resident farm animals (note that children must be supervised due to this being a working farm).

There are two petrol stations with shops (a Spar and a Londis) within a five to ten-minute walk from the campsite, stocking a variety of essentials such as food, drinks and camping gas. Additionally there’s a well-stocked village shop and bakery in Corfe, along with main supermarkets and further independent shops in Swanage.

Interestingly, the term ‘quarr’ is steeped in local Purbeck history – if you visit Durlston Country Park during your stay you’ll find an old Purbeck Stone Quarr – a 19th Century quarry – which is just one example of many of its kind around Swanage during this period of intense quarrying of limestone, a key industry which employed many local people.

Campsite information

The camping season runs between May and September.

🔥 Campfires must be raised off the ground – you can hire a fire basket and buy logs from the owners, who request that there is no loud noise between 10pm and 8am for everyone’s enjoyment.

🐾 Well-behaved dogs are welcome on a lead and not left unattended

For full information, including prices, visit Quarr’s website: 

Contact details

Visit Quarr’s website for more information or get in touch with John or Lorna to book:


📍Quarr Farm Road, Swanage. Postcode: BH19 3DY

Quarr Farm is just off the A351 Valley Road from Wareham tow Swanage, close to the village of Harman’s Cross.

Quarr Camping location (image credit: Google Maps)