A picturesque and peaceful setting for our first campervanning trip. Nestled on a hillside close to Lyme Regis in Dorset, Hook Farm is a pretty campsite in a rural area within walking distance of the town and Dorset’s Jurassic coastline. It’s a quiet site (no large groups), ideal for couples and families. Most breeds of dog are welcome. The pitches are relatively private thanks to the natural screening and terraced landscape.
This is where we (Sarah, Paul & Conker) spent our first night of campervanning and its high standard set a welcome introduction to our new hobby!
It’s a large site (over 5 acres of camping) in a peaceful, rural setting with lovely views of the Lym Valley and Devon countryside. Though the site is gently sloping, the pitches are generally flat or terraced, which provides some natural screening and gives the feeling of not being on top of your pitch neighbours. Hard standing and electric hook ups are available at many but not every pitch. You can also hire electric sockets and lights.
(I borrowed this image from their website – because we forgot our camera – not that we could have taken a better picture given the valley was smothered in rain clouds).
Hook Farm has two modern toilet and shower blocks which we were pleased to find were spacious and clean. The facilities are separate for men and women, and each block has around 3-4 shower and changing cubicles and 5-6 toilets. We didn’t have to queue. The showers operate on a 20p coin meter (change is available at the shop) – which gets you about 4.5 minutes of nice hot water. Hairdryers (similarly on a 20p meter) are also available. The blocks are lit up at night which means you can still find them if you forget your torch. There are also washing up, laundry and drying facilities in each of the blocks.Families and dogs are welcome on the site – there is a small children’s play area with swings and a climbing frame and we were pleased to find a separate dog exercise area in the cider orchard that meant Conker could have a good run around (though dogs have to be kept on the lead at all times).
Hook Farm is situated about 1.5 miles from the seaside town of Lyme Regis. The Coastal Footpath takes you from Hook Farm along the riverside down into the town. There is plenty to do in Lyme Regis – play on the sandy beach, watch the boats in the harbour, sample the local ales in one of the many pubs (a number of which are dog friendly), stroll around the shops and galleries or sample the local cuisine in a cafe, restaurant or fish and chip shop (we were particularly impressed with the Town Bakery – http://www.townmillbakery.com). If you don’t fancy walking back from the town, there is a regular bus service which takes you very close to the campsite. If you want to eat or drink closer to the campsite, the Talbot Arms is just down the lane (a 5 minute walk).
Due to time constraints, we only stayed the one night but will certainly return to explore the beautiful countryside some more. The campsite is a relaxing retreat which should appeal to campers who want high standard facilities, beautiful countryside and peace and quiet. They don’t allow large groups (no more than 5 adults) to preserve its tranquility.
Cost: prices vary according to season and size of pitch (small/medium/large) – a small pitch (up to 8m sq) is all you need for a VW camper with 2-3 people, and you’d want a medium for a a motorhome. A small pitch costs £10- £19 per night (including vehicle and 2 adults). A medium pitch sets you back £12-24 per night. Electric hook ups are an extra £2.50 a night. It’s a popular site so it’s best to book in advance and as they do not accept debit or credit cards, you’ll need to send a cheque in advance as a deposit and pay the balance by cash/cheque on arrival.