Haycraft Caravan Club Site (REF : HAY)

Haycrafts Lane, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3EB

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Ideal for ...

  • Beach stays
  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Motorhomes
  • Walking

Why stay here ...

Haycraft Club Site makes for an ideal base from which to explore the historic towns, picturesque villages and beautiful coastline of Dorset. There are numerous public footpaths and coastal walks near the caravan site for walking enthusiasts, and if you're a beach lover you will be a short distance from the sandy beaches of Swanage or the glorious stretch of golden sands at Studland Bay.

The caravan park also offers easy access to the charming attractions of Poole Harbour, Bournemouth, Dorchester, Weymouth, Wareham and the National Trust's Brownsea Island, home to the traditional red squirrel. Haycraft Club Site is situated just a few minutes' walk away from the magnificent Swanage Railway, allowing the opportunity to ride on heritage steam and diesel trains to Swanage town centre and the attractive Corfe Castle village, which is a great favourite with both the young and old alike. If you're looking for holiday destination away from the beaten track but within convenient distance to it, you'll find this peaceful caravan park to be the perfect location with its great views.

Facilities on site ...

  • Baby changing facilities
  • BBQs allowed: charcoal, gas, electric
  • Disabled facilities: facilities for wheelchair disabled
  • Disabled shower room
  • Dishwashing area
  • Dog walk from site
  • Dog walk on site
  • Drive over waste disposal for motorhomes
  • Electric hook-up
  • Family washroom
  • Gas
  • Holiday Cottage
  • Laundry facilities
  • Motorhome service point
  • Toilet block
  • TV reception: fair
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi charge
  • Wi-Fi rating: Silver

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Walking notes:

The Purbeck Way runs near the site and there are many public footpaths from the site in all directions. Maps are available from Reception. Also visit Studland Bay, where fine sandy beaches stretch for 3 miles, and there is a nature reserve behind the heathland.

Supermarket notes:

The closest are the Co-op or Budgens in Swanage, about 4 miles from the site.

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Directions

Turn left off the A35 (Poole - Dorchester) at the roundabout onto the A351 (signposted Wareham, Swanage). In 11 miles at Harmans Cross turn right just before the petrol station into Haycrafts Lane (signposted Downshay). Continue with the village hall and railway station on the right, up a steep hill and narrow approach road with passing places. The site entrance is on the left in 0.75 mile (past railway station and past signposts for Downshay Farm).

Sites key: Club Site

Postcode:
BH19 3EB
GPS:
Lat 50.61667 / Lon -2.02223
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OS field ref:
SY984797
OS map ref:
195
Handbook map ref:
G2

Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Swanage, Poole and Bournemouth
  • Car hire on site
  • Daily public Transport within 1 mile
  • Nearest port: Poole (16 miles)
  • Shop within 1 mile

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Not a great stay

Our pitch No.4 was inadequate. It was in a corner and had a slope in two directions. Despite moving the 6m van to every possible direction, the best we ended up with was the drivers front wheel down a slope. It wouldn't hold on chocs due to pitch of slope so we spent 2 nights sleeping at a jaunty angle. Would not have been room to wind out the awning. Site was fully booked. Nice enough place but too crammed in for us. If you are going there I'd suggest you avoid Pitch No.4.
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Good, but... BE AWARE - FERRY TO BOURNEMOUTH CLOSED UNTIL OCTOBER.

Please be aware that the ferry to Bournemouth is out of action until October (and has been since July). We had wanted to use the ferry for daily access to the air show, and it was almost a 2 hour return trip to drive around instead. You can get a train from Wareham to Bournemouth, but unfortunately it's not possible to get the steam train to Wareham (yet), so you need to drive. Supermarkets are miles away and we found it difficult to park there. This does make the site feel a bit remote. The local roads were extremely busy during the main part of the day, so we tried to limit our travel to mornings and evenings. The steam railway is a great way to explore some of the local area with the kids. We used it to access Swanage and the beach. Whilst we were there, we tried to bring back as many supermarket provisions as we could (the station is quite a short walk from the site). We found the site peaceful at night, but can be noisy in the day with multiple types of maintenance machinery on the go - way more than any other site we've been to. In fairness, the site is one of the most clean and tidy though. There are decent showers and washing facilities, with plenty of hot water. There's not much for the kids to do on site other than a large field, but we liked the nature / wildlife areas, which were well stocked with food for the birds. Overall, we would recommend for a short stay.
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Full steam ahead

Lovely little site perfectly placed in the Isle of Purbeck, five minutes walk from Harmans Cross station where you can catch the steam train to Swanage or Corfe Castle. Nice views of the Purbeck hills from the site especially the upper level. Yes the facilities are a bit dated but work perfectly. Nice level pitches and great wardens. It's no wonder this site always appears to be fully booked.
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First visit, we will be back

This was our first visit to Haycraft caravan and motorhome club site. What a delight it is. A small quiet well maintained club site. Wardens exceptionally friendly and helpful. Only comment would be that some of the building work is getting a bit tired and need some repair. However we will be back. Thanks very much to the wardens
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Peaceful and lovely site

We have just returned from a week's stay at Haycrafts site. We chose a pitch on the grass in the area close to the site entrance. This is a lovely area, feels private and spacious. Other pitches are in rows and arranged over 2 terraces, these are less spacious and cars have to be parked in front of caravans on some of these pitches due to space. The lane leading up to the siteis very narrow so care is needed when arriving and leaving with the caravan. The toilets and showers were very clean, there are only 3 showers but I only had to wait for one to become free on one occasion during the week. The showers themselves are great, they are all the hand held shower heads, great water pressure! Wish this style of shower was adopted for all club sites. The space in the shower cubicle is quite small with limited space to place belongings. There are a couple of hooks but no shelving/seating area, just a small plastic stool. I got round this by making a dash to a privacy cubicle after my shower (wrapped in my towel, I hasten to add) to get dried and dressed. Each privacy cubicle has a hairdryer which is a great idea. So, the pros outweigh the cons of the limited shower cubicle space. The site is about 3 miles from Swanage and 2 from Corfe. Good location with lots of beautiful areas to explore nearby. I recommend the grass pitches, they are spacious and pitches are arranged in a nicer way than the terraced rows in my opinion.

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Telephone:
01929 480572

Site information

Please Note: Due to 3rd party oil explorations, Haycrafts Lane will be closed for 30 minute durations at varying times between 9:30am - 3:30pm between 17 - 21 September. Arrivals should arrive after 3:30pm and departures before 9:30am during those days to avoid disruption.