Prices from £17.55 per night (Two Adults)
Setthorns Campsite, Brockenhurst, New Milton, Hampshire BH25 5WA, UK
Camping under the trees
Nestle yourself within the trees and bushes for a truly secluded and tranquil place for a break away from it all. A stay at Setthorns also puts you in pole position to spot all the New Forest wildlife, including free-roaming ponies and deer, rare wild birds and small mammals like rabbits and hares, as they go about their daily lives in the forest’s heathland and woodland.
A firm favourite for walkers and cyclists, this campsite is full of winding paths that branch off at every turn – each with a new destination. Access to the nearby disused railway line lies at the heart of this site and is a perfect place to start your adventure…
This is a limited facility campsite with no showers or toilets, so it’s essential to bring your own chemical toilet.
When visiting the New Forest, please follow the New Forest Code to help us care and look after this unique place for everyone to enjoy. Find out how here.
Any barbecues used on our sites should be specifically designed and used only for the purpose of cooking food (i.e. not firepits). They should be robust, secure and able to be raised off of the forest floor, there should be no damage or marks left on the ground where they have been used. In support of the New Forest Action Plan, we are asking campers not to bring disposable barbecues for their stay. We are also reminding campers that outside of our sites, no barbecues of any kind are now allowed anywhere in the New Forest.
Please do not feed, pet or approach the animals in and around the campsite; they may look friendly but are unpredictable and can bite and kick. Please keep all food sealed and out of reach of the ponies.
At a glance
- Open all year round
- No toilets or showers
- Chemical toilet required
- Hardstanding and electric hook up available
- Pets welcome
- Close to villages of Sway and Brockenhurst
- TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Activities near Setthorns Campsite
The New Forest and surrounding area offers visitors to Setthorns campsite a whole range of fun activities and family days out to enjoy. You can go horse riding and cycling in the forest or head a little further afield to one of the area’s many attractions or simply sample some of the local food and drink on offer in one of the area’s many tea rooms, pubs and restaurants.
With the forest in such close proximity, you’ll never be short of things to do. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
The Huntsman Restaurant, Brockenhurst
A 13th century coaching inn full of character, charm, drink and food. A perfect countryside treat after your busy day in the forest.
Address: Brockenhurst, SO42 7RH
Tel: 01590 622 225
Forest Leisure Cycling
Cycle hire from Forest Leisure Cycling, in Burley, the perfect base for easy access to the New Forest Trails, with rides and bikes for all ages!
Open 7 days a week.
Tel: 01425 403584
Discover the fortress built by Henry VIII. Take a short ferry ride or trek along the 1.5 mile sea road to get to the magnificent castle.
Tel: 01590 642500
Paultons Family Theme Park, Home of Peppa Pig World
Perfect for families, Paultons Family Theme park is a great day out. Paultons Park is host to more than 60 additional rides and attractions.
Address: Paultons Park, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 6AL
Tel: 023 8081 4442
The New Forest Activity Centre
Try some exciting outdoor activities such as archery, bushcraft or family combat games, or take part in a full day of adventure.
Address: New Forest Activities, Hazel Copse Farm, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7WA
Tel: 01590 612377
The Three Tuns Inn, Bransgore
A cosy retreat in the heart of the New Forest, with a log fire for the winter and a beautiful terrace.
Address: Bransgore, BH23 8JH
Tel: 01425 672232
Ringwood Brewery, Ringwood
Take a tour around Ringwood Brewery and try their four locally brewed Best Bitter and Fortyniner ales.
Address: Ringwood, BH24 3AP
Tel: 01425 470303
Monkey Madness Play Centre, Christchurch
A perfect place for kids to have fun indoors and get some exercise whilst burning off extra energy. Adults will enjoy themselves too with some great offerings in the café!
Address: Reid Street, Christchurch , Dorset, BH23 2BT
Tel: 01202 481015
Facilities available at Setthorns Campsite
in the New Forest
Providing a more back to basics feel, facilities at Setthorns are limited, with no toilet or shower facilities, though chemical toilet disposal and drinking water taps are provided.
This means that a chemical toilet is required when staying at this campsite.
The site also has Hardstanding Select as a pitch type option. This includes a hardstanding pitch with electric hook up, offering more space than a normal hardstanding pitch
Full list of Facilities
Setthorns Campsite in the New Forest
Directions to Setthorns Campsite
Due to temporary road works there is a change in directions to Setthorns campsite:
From the West
- From the A31 Dorset come off at Burly services.
- Turn right and follow this to the main high street. Once here turn right at the Burly Inn, follow down to the crossroads (crown pub on the corner) and turn left.
- Follow this road all the way to the end, turn left up to the church and where the road is closed.
- Turn right, follow to the end at the roundabout.
- Turn left, follow this up to the cattle grid and the Rising Sun pub, turn right, then immediately left and follow down to the end.
- Turn right, follow this up to the next turning on the right (there should be campsite signs), turn right and follow it for 750yds. Setthorns is on your right-hand side.
From the North and East
- Follow the M27 and exit at J1 on to the A337 to Lyndhurst.
- Once in Lyndhurst follow the one-way system round to the right, once you turn right keep in the left-hand lane on the A337 to Lymington/Brockenhurst.
- Once at the Filly Inn on your left-hand side, turn right onto B3054 opposite the pub.
- Follow this up to the crossroads and turn right, and Setthorns is roughly 1.5 miles along on the left-hand side.
Please bear in mind there are railway bridges with height restrictions.
Please note: Some Sat Nav systems will guide you to New Milton if you enter our postcode. If this happens and you wish to use your Sat Nav, we recommend that you enter ‘Sway’ and a member of our team can guide you to the site from there if necessary.
Public Transport around Setthorns
From Setthorns Reception it takes 35mins to walk to Sway Railway station, which is the main Weymouth to London Waterloo line. You can also hop on to Brockenhurst in just 5 mins.
Unfortunately there are no buses that run past the site, buses do go from Sway into Brockenhurst where you can get buses to Southampton, Lymington and other routes.
There is a bookable “CANGO” bus service from Sway which travels around the immediate local area and is a hop on and hop off service.
New Forest Tour Bus
Once in the Forest, the tour bus is a great way to travel and runs from June to September. There are 3 routes to choose from..(Red, Green & Blue.)It is a hop on and hop off service covering most of the Forest
The main coach station is Southampton. The nearest stop to the site is outside Brockenhurst College.
There are a number of taxis that operate in the New Forest.