Local Area

There are 2 eateries and drinking establishments within easy walking distance of our park. The Woodman Pub is the closest and the St Leonards hotel is a 20 minute walk away.

Shops, major supermarkets and an abundance of pubs and restaurants are a few minutes away by car or a cycle ride for the more adventurous. We are happy to recommend many places to eat in the area and taxis can be arranged.

With the park being located just half a mile from the A31 the stunning area of the South Coast and the New Forest is so easily accessible.

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  • great fun on the beach
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 On the doorstep of Back of Beyond Touring Park are: the Moors Valley Country Park, which is fantastic and set in Ringwood Forest,  Matchams Raceway, Avon Heath Country Park and Hurn Forest (which is walkable from the site). These are all well worth a visit and events are organised at them throughout the year.

  • 5-10 minutes by car will take you into the lovely market towns of Ringwood and Wimborne, along with its medieval Minster. Across the cattle grids and into the wonderful New Forest with villages like Brockenhurst and Burley to explore or to pick up bikes for cycling.
  • 10-20 minutes and you are in Christchurch, Bournemouth, Boscombe and their beaches as well as Poole Harbour, Studland and Sandbanks.
  • 20-30 minutes by car will get you to Winchester, Salisbury, Shaftsbury, The Great British Steam Fair, and Southampton.
  • 30-45 minutes drive will take you to any part of our stunning Dorset Coast from the Jurassic Coast Centre at Lulworth Cove to Durdle Dor, Swanage and Corfe Castle, Wareham, Lymington (for Isle of Wight ferry), Buckler’s Hard, Beauleiu and the Solent.

Although headline attractions are the New Forest, The South and Jurassic Coast, there are many ways you can enjoy East Dorset: walking, cycling, horse-riding, fishing, bird-watching, exploring our natural history or just capturing the scenery in photographs to name but a few.

We can advise you on cycle routes in reception and cycle hire can be arranged. There is a wonderful trail called the Castleman Trailway, it is a 16.5 mile route for walking and cycling from Poole to Ringwood, which can be accessed from the park within 10 minutes.