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Woodyhyde Campsite
Valley Road
Corfe Castle
Dorset   (Browse area)
BH20 5HU
Tel: 01929 480274
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Pitches: 160
Open: 01/03/2022 to 31/10/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 191 Reviews
                8/10 from 191 Reviews

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 No Glamping Units   No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches 
 Electric Hookups   Hardstanding Pitches   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <1 mile   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <1 mile   No Cycle Hire   Golf <1 mile   No Tennis 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports <1 mile   Boat Launch / Mooring <5 miles 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: October 2021 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Taurusgb 4 reviews from this member

 Although the outlook was pleasant, and it was nice to be near the railway line, the site is looking tired.

It was very annoying to find the new toilet facilities block locked and the old one with the infant school height toilets open. While I understand that in early October there aren't enough campers to require both blocks to be open, surely it should be the better facilities that are made available?

There was also an irritating humming noise from the compressor unit attached to reception that went on throughout the night, so if you stay there, do not choose a pitch too near the reception building. 
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Date of Visit: August 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Jenkimcurran 1 review from this member

 We been to woodyhyde for a few years now, go at least 3 to 4 times a year

The family that own site and their kids are so welcome

The toilet are great, the showers yes are 50p ticket for 5 mins more then enough for us, always lovely and warm

To us it's a perfect family friendly site 
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Date of Visit: August 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Infoc5 1 review from this member

 Nice tidy site with pitches next to the railway. Everything clean and tidy with plenty of water points and a new shower block.

Most pitches need leveling but there are a few electric ones on the level and tight under the railway bridge.

Nothing to be put off by though. Well situated for walks, Corfe or Swanage visits or rides on the Swanage Railway which is well worth a visit. 
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Date of Visit: August 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Huck 4 reviews from this member

 Iíll begin with the positives.

Good location ideal base for exploring the Isle of Purbeck.

Well stocked shop reasonably priced overall, a few items over priced.

Shop/Reception staff all very pleasant.

And so to the negatives.

Starting with the toilets, ideal if youíre still in junior school, so low it almost feels as though youíre sat on the floor. Cubicles are also very narrow.

Not enough for the size of the site.

Not very clean.

Mirrors in gents ideal if youíre only 4 feet tall.

Taps donít stay on when you wash your hands.

Showers: canít believe you have to pay for a shower, not come across this before.

Again not enough of them.

Again not very clean.

Pitches not managed means a free for all which leads to people pitching tents too close together (fire hazard)

Reception/shop only open for a few hours per day.

No one managing the site outside of these hours.

Eleven oíclock noise curfew ignored by several other campers, left a day early due to the noise volume up to 1am. 
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Date of Visit: September 2020 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  With friends
Reviewer: Bromsgrove-Man 8 reviews from this member

 Good site and happy we chose it.

Decent access from the main road and an impressively stocked shop on-site with food/drinks/camping equipment and the lady in the shop was friendly.

When we visited in mid September 2020 it was relatively quiet which meant plenty of space, some ground is flatter than other parts but with it being open you can make your choice which is good.

The toilets were always clean when I visited though the main shower block fixings are a little dated, no chance to wash your hands properly for twenty seconds when you have to use one hand to hold down the tap.

The showers themselves were hot though the actual water flow through them was poor. It was all perfectly adequate though and for the price paid no complaints at all. The occasional steam train going past in the daytime is a nice distraction.

Would happily return again. 


Date of Visit: September 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Russel 1 review from this member

 First time I have had to pay 50 pence for a shower token which lasts 4 minutes so you need 2 tokens. The shower heads on both occasions in different cubicles were partially blocked and squirted on the wall rather than on me. The shower heads are fixed so you cannot redirect the water.

The grey water waste drain is so close to the fence I would have to knock it down in order to get my drain tap over the hole.

Spoke to the woman in reception about both points who replied "everyone else seems manage" 

Date of Visit: August 2020 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Thediy 2 reviews from this member

 Lovely Large flat pitch backing onto the swanage railway. Plenty of toilets and showers which were 50p a go ! Some have said they didnít run for long enough but we found them hot and plenty of time to wash all the bits !

Toilets could be booked for your stay. You had your own key which was a good idea covid wise.

Well stocked shop. Easy walk to Corfe across fields. Will go back. 
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Date of Visit: August 2020 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Drjbc 61 reviews from this member

 A previous reviewer helpfully lists good and bad points. Based on our experience one year later, we agree with all the good and none of the bad!

The location is conveniently close to the A351 to Swanage, but to the south of the railway so there's no traffic noise. Also, crucially, to the east of Corfe castle, a well-known bottleneck in summer. The only difficulty is a narrow access under the railway bridge. Our 5m van needed the side mirrors retracting, and a larger van might find it tricky.

The reception was outstandingly efficient and the price reasonable - £20 for a non-electric pitch at peak season in this prime area. Campingaz users rightly complain about extortionate prices in UK compared to France and Spain, but their £30 for 2. 7kg of butane is (believe it or not) 'good'.

We deliberately asked for the large dog-free Field 3 and there was plenty of space to keep well separated. Children were playing cricket and flying kites and certainly not a nuisance. The wifi sigal was strong, even inside the van at the far side of that field. At a popular time the speed was adequate for email and browsing but too slow to download a newspaper. However there were good 4G signals on O2 and 3-mobile.

The facilities were clean and, perhaps as a covid precaution, an extra row of portable WCs had been installed. The showers we had (in the wooden block with 50p tokens) were hot, their only fault was lasting too long, so you got splashed while trying to dress!

Unusually we didn't walk from the site, prefering to drive to the coast. But another time we would certainly make use of the bridleway that leads north to the Corfe ridge and south to Chapman's Pool, both first class areas for walking. 

Date of Visit: October 2019  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Vwith3 1 review from this member

 Lovely site next to steam railway.

Great views and good dog walks. All very clean and tidy.

Even though extremely quiet due to time of year and weather shop open twice a day. 

Date of Visit: August 2019 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Speaker12 17 reviews from this member

 I stayed at Woodyhyde around three years ago out of the main holiday season. My stay then was great, plenty of room, hot showers, a quiet site.

I decided to stay again as I had a job nearby. This was a mistake!

Good points:

- Site location very handy for exploring Swanage, Lulworth etc.

- No problem with shower/toilet availability.

- Shop well stocked although only advertised as being open for two hours a day.

- Steam train!

- Tariff is reasonable compared to other sites in the area.

Bad points:

- For non-electric pitches there are no pitch markers so be prepared for someone parking themselves right next to your door.

- Showers in the "new" block ranged from cold to tepid. Definitely not hot. Perhaps you have to pay more than 50p for a hot one.

- Tap water pressure is hopeless. The hot tap wasn't hot.

- The "old" toilet block is dirty even though it's closed for cleaning for two hours a day.

- Most of the toilets in the "old" block are designed for someone around 4ft tall. As are the mirrors on the sinks.

- There's a stink of drains near the toilet blocks.

- No play area which means you will get kids all over the place, including your pitch.

- They advertise free wifi but this doesn't reach all of the site.

- Dog poo on pitches.

- Site rules not enforced. Dogs not on lead, cars doing 20-30mph, noisy people after 11pm.

- Reception person didn't offer to explain anything about the site. As I'd been before this wasn't an issue but you'd think they say about showers needing a token etc?

So, a site that it is a great location but I think the owners need to look at how it operates at peak periods - things like hot showers are a basic requirement. If you're considering visiting Woodyhyde then do so in May or September, definitely not August. 

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