Whether you’re looking for somewhere new to explore, a place to hide away for a few days or just want to get away from the city. We think being able to combine forest walks with sea views makes the New Forest one of the best places to go camping in the UK.

  1. Aldridge Hill. A place that makes the very best of the hidden mystique and beauty of the New Forest, whilst remaining a family campsite. Located near Blackwater stream and Ober Water, and with no amenities on site, this is an ideal spot if you’re looking for a few days away with nature. However, if campers are in the mood for a few home comforts, Aldridge Hill is based just a few miles from Brockenhurst if you need to stock up on supplies or a trip to the pub. It is also easy to locate a number of walks straight from the campsite, including the walks along Ober Heath and Whitefield Moor. Bringing a chemical toilet is essential.
  2. Hollands Wood Campsite. Looking for a New Forest campsite that’s ideal for the body and mind? Described as a ‘Paradise Park’ from those that know, staying at Hollands Wood Campsite is perfect for both a relaxing trip and a holiday fueled by adventure. Set in over 22 hectares of forest, with all the natural features still in places, including giant oak trees surrounding the tent pitches and wild ponies running, making it easy for campers to truly escape to a new woodland world. The campsite also features Balmer Lawn as a picturesque picnic spot, and is not far from Lymington River. In terms of facilities, Hollands Wood has toilets, showers and dish-washing facilities, plus so much more. 
  3. Setthorns Campsite, New Forest. If you want the New Forest camping experience set to the max, Setthorns is it. Built into the woodland itself, this is a toilet and shower free campsite that brings you the tranquil and private joys of forest living, alongside New Forest wildlife including deer, ponies, rare birds and also tiny mammals. There’s also the opportunity to get away from the forest, and check out the local area including the village Sway that’s only 1.5 miles away, the beautiful Brockenhurst village, Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Paulton’s family theme park and the New Forest Wild Life Park. It’s really the perfect way to reconnect with nature, but with the lack of amenities you will want to bring your own chemical toilet...
  4. Round Hill Campsite. Positioned perfectly between Lyndhurst, and Beaulieu, this campsite sums everything that is good about New Forest camping. Both well kept and retaining it’s natural environment, Round Hill has over 500 camping spots, made up of green open spaces and secluded spots. The area has a diverse range of woodland life, from heathlands, grand oaks, a lake, and of course the famous New Forest ponies. As a final piece of the puzzle, it’s a dog friendly campsite also offers every facility you could possibly need.
  5. Denny Wood Campsite, Lyndhurst. In the mood for a more exclusive camping experience? The insular Denny Wood campsite might be exactly what you’re looking for. Located in the heart of the New Forest, with zero facilities and only 150 camping pitches that each of which are naturally separated from one another, it’s the closest thing to wild camping the New Forest can offer.
  6. Harry’s Meadow, Fordingbridge. Although set on the beautiful Breamore Estate, the site only has off grid facilities and zero electricity, meaning campers at Harry’s Meadow experience both privilege and the simple life during their stay. The area that is both a dog friendly campsite and allows campfires, has a good selection of walking trails, including Langley Field Nature Reserve, just 3 miles away the nearby village of Hale ( a Site of Scientific Investigation), and is also a 30 minute drive from Bournemouth Beach. It is also a sister site to the more upmarket and facility filled Harry’s Field, which is also in Fordingbridge.
  7. Teddy’s Wood, Lymington. One of the most well known spots near Lymington, this is an ideal spot for those who want to go back to the basics of camping. Teddy’s Wood is quintessentially a family campsite, located by a working sheep farm in one of the more spacious areas of the New Forest heartlands. It is without formal pitches, and allows dogs, campfires and campervans, but not motorhomes, caravans or noisy campers. The campsite is attached to many of the New Forest’s well known walking routes, and nearby landmarks include Lymington Sea Water Baths, the UK’s oldest lido.