Ever since Baby was born I’ve been excited about her very first camping trip. Having been brought up camping myself, I’m eager for her to enjoy the freedom of life under canvas as much as I do, so I wanted to make sure our first trip was perfect!
For our first outing I used my usual approach to choosing a campsite to find Higher Moor Farm. A pretty campsite near Weymouth in Dorset. From their website and brochures the site looked perfect for us, with a brilliant location, good amenities, and a focus on couples and families. It sounded almost too good to be true, so with my reviewers hat on I was eager to see if the reality matched up to the promise.
We arrived at Higher Moor Farm after a less than perfect two and a half hour journey during which Baby cried near continually, the satnav misdirected us at every turn, and the rain hammered down constantly. Despite this, we arrived a good half hour before check in opened and were expecting to be forced to sit in our car, watching a momentary break in the rain slip by. Although we expected to wait, I decided to call the campsite office, on the off chance that they might take pity on us. What I hadn’t expected was to be greeted by one of the friendliest people I have ever met (despite the fact I had interrupted his lunch) who very kindly booked us in and instructed us to choose any pitch we liked. I was later to discover that this friendly and helpful approach was typical of the staff at Higher Moor Farm, who honestly didn’t seem to be able to do enough for their visitors.
The pitch we chose was in the top corner of the site and had a spectacular view of the neat campsite and the surrounding country side. Given that we were only 10 minutes from the centre of Weymouth this was amazing and gave us a real feeling of being out in the country side without the inconvenience of a long car journey to get into town. The pitch also had ample room for our 8 man yurt shaped tent, plus the car, while also leaving plenty of room between us and the next pitch.
The campsite itself can only be described as lovely. It was obviously well planned with unobtrusive tracks and buildings, ample rubbish and waste disposal points which melted into the background, strategically placed rustic fences and saplings, and the bonus of an abundance of picnic benches scattered around the site. There is also a children’s park and a small dog walking area tucked to one side. Most campsites I have visited previously feel very much like a camp site, however I found that Higher Moor Farm had the homely feel of a tiny self contained village.
Despite the lovely appearance of the campsite, I honestly believe that amenities make or break a site so I was utterly delighted when I saw the large, purpose built toilet and shower block. Not only were they modern and immaculately clean but once again, they appeared to have had a lot of thought put into them. Both the male and female toilets had baby changing facilities, ample toilets and extra sinks, but the icing on the cake was the shower cubicles which were massive! In fact they were so big that every time I went for a shower I was able to take Baby, pram and all, into the cubical with me without any concern that she might be splashed. This was very convenient for me and I imagine would make life much simpler for parents with two or three young children. As if my experience of the shower facilities weren’t good enough, Higher Moor Farm have also provided free hair drying facilities which were much appreciated.
Like the toilet and shower facilities, the rest of the amenities on site were similarly well thought out, immaculately clean and included thoughtful touches such as bowls and washing up liquid supplied in the kitchen area.
Unfortunately the cold rainy conditions of our first day continued for the majority of our stay, however this did give me the opportunity to see how the campsite fared under typical British weather conditions and once again I was impressed. When you’re camping rain can ruin you’re holiday in more ways than one. If a campsite becomes waterlogged simple things like going to the toilet can become extremely unpleasant, but despite the best efforts of the rain clouds Higher Moor Farm remained soggy but without so much as a muddy puddle despite the fact that we were driving our car across the grass to the same spot several times a day.
All in all Higher Moore Farm is about as idyllic as you will find. The site is beautiful and well planned, the amenities are spotless, and the location is perfect. You will even be greeted by wild rabbits hopping about in the morning.
Where is the campsite located?
Higher Moor Farm is located in the beautiful country side just 10 minutes from Weymouth.
Who is the campsite for?
Higher Moor Farm cater specifically to couples and families. They ask for minimal noise between 10pm and 8am and do not allow groups of young people, which makes the campsite perfect for families with young children.
What amenities are there?
The amenities at Higher Moor Farm are second to none and include:
- A large modern purpose built toilet and shower block
- Disabled toilets
- Family toilets
- A second, high season, toilet block to prevent congestion
- A covered, well stocked washing up area
- A laundry room with washers, dryers, microwave and ice block freezers
- A games room containing arcade games
- A childrens park and playing field
- Dog walking area
- A farm shop
In the high season Higher Moor Farm also offer a pizza oven and weekend vintage beer tent. All of the amenities I used were kept in good repair and spotlessly clean at all times.
What accommodation is available?
Higher Moor farm offers a range of accommodation options including:
- Camping with electric hook-up
- Caravan and motor home births
- Luxury glamping pods
- Bell tents *high season only
We experienced the camping with electric hook-up option which more than met our needs. All other options looked well laid out and in good repair, and the new glamping pods, which are small chalet style apartments, looked amazing.
What is there to do in the area?
Higher Moor Farm is a perfect base for exploring the Jurassic coast with easy access to towns like West Bay (Broadchurch) and Lyme Regis. Weymouth with its beautiful sandy beach is only a 10 minute drive as is Lodmoor park which features a large Sea Life Centre, with a brilliant pirate themed crazy golf next door. There are also numerous other small towns, museums, and beaches to explore. See what we got up to HERE.
Where can you get food in the local area?
Higher Moor Farm has an abundance of eating options within 10 minutes drive including supermarkets, a Beefeater, fast food places such as McDonald’s and KFC, and of course, all of the coffee shops, ice cream parlors, restaurants, and fish and chip shops that Weymouth can offer.
Are there any negatives?
The only slight negative is the near by power lines which do give off a faint hum however this did not bother us at all as the only time we noticed it was when we listened for it. I imagine when the camp site is busy it’s impossible to hear. Apart from this the only other comment we had was that there are no opening times listed on the shop door… Hardly the end of the world!
Would I recommend Higher Moor Farm?
The Grumpy Family certainly would recommend Higher Moor Farm to anyone wanting to explore Dorset. The campsite is one of the nicest we have visited with immaculate amenities, well tended pitches and friendly staff. We will certainly be returning some time soon.
How do I book?
You can book Higher Moor Farm at any time by visiting their website www.highermoorfarm.co.uk
*This is a collaborative post however all views and opinions are my own.