St Gabriels Campsite on the Golden Cap Estate

A row of green tents in the field at St Gabriel's Campsite

St Gabriel's Campsite is a simple site in a spectacular setting on the Golden Cap Estate. The two camping fields are a haven for wildlife and have views of the majestic Golden Cap and the sea. Here is an overview of the campsite's facilities and details of how to book a stay.

St Gabriel's Campsite is a great choice for those looking for a camping experience with a difference. You won't find swimming pools, organised entertainment or even a shower and toilet block here, but what you will get is a peaceful retreat and all the fresh air and nature you could wish for. Of course, this sort of back to basics camping isn't for everyone. We suggest you read this overview of the campsite so you know what to expect before booking a stay.

The simple life

Several taps provide fresh drinking water and water for washing
A close up of the water tap at St Gabriel's Campsite
Several taps provide fresh drinking water and water for washing

The five-acre, partly sloping campsite is a wildlife-rich haymeadow which makes it a haven for nature lovers but also limits the facilities we can provide. There are no toilets or showers so you'll need to bring your own toilet facilities (this is a stipulation of the National Trust). There is a chemical disposal point and fresh running water available on site.

St Gabriel’s Campsite has SSSI status and wildflowers thrive here
A close up of some early summer wildflowers in the grass at St Gabriel's Campsite
St Gabriel’s Campsite has SSSI status and wildflowers thrive here

The grass is kept long in the centre of the fields to provide hay for the local farmer. The hay is so full of wild flowers and important species that it has been designated a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) . The hay meadow is not only awash with wild flowers but also supports a huge variety of butterflies. We mow a margin around the edge of the field for campers. By mid-July the hay is cut and taken off site and the whole field is available for campers.

A special place

In an idyllic setting on the Golden Cap Estate with views of the Jurassic Coast, the campsite is the perfect escape from modern life. Regular visitors include wildlife enthusiasts, artists, young families and keen walkers. The site has easy access to all the paths and walks around the estate including the South West Coast Path, and very steep steps lead down to the secluded St Gabriel's Beach (please check if this is open as weather affects access). Even at night there is plenty to do - simply lie back and enjoy the dark skies and stargazing.

Great for kids

Kids quickly embrace the simple pleasures of childhood on a stay here
A rope swing on a tree in the field at St Gabriel's Campsite
Kids quickly embrace the simple pleasures of childhood on a stay here

Rural camping is one big adventure for kids and they relish the freedom, running around in the fresh air and discovering the simple pleasures of childhood. They can tick off quite a few of their 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ adventures while they're here, including camping in the wild, going on a nature walk at night and climbing a tree. Families can spend quality time together without the distractions of television, video games and modern life - many return every year for this very reason.

Please note: depending on your network, mobile phone signal can be patchy or even non existent at this very rural site, which might be a concern for solo campers.

Getting there

The campsite is 4 miles west of Bridport (A35) between Chideock and Morecombelake. From Chideock take the first left on the brow of the hill just before Morecombelake (if you pass Felicity's Farm Shop you've gone too far). Follow down the narrow, unmarked minor road* for almost a mile, taking third left at Pick Axe Cross. Follow the track and through the gate into the field on the left as signed. Coming from Charmouth direction, drive through Morecombelake and turn right after leaving the village, just past Felicity's Farm Shop. Follow the minor road as instructed above. For Sat Navs use post code DT6 6EP and follow the instructions above.

*Please ignore the sign at the top of the road saying 'No cars beyond this point'.

See a location map of the campsite.

How to book

Sound good? Booking is essential as pitches are very limited due to the sensitive nature of the site. Visit the campsite webpage for further information and to make a booking.

Group bookings are possible for educational groups, scouts etc. To discuss a group booking, please email.