Walking holiday accommodation in DorsetExplore the South West Coast Path and Dorset Countryside

Walking Holidays in Dorset

Ulwell Holiday Park is ideally placed to enjoy a walking holiday in Dorset. Our fantastic location affords visitors easy access to some of the region’s best loved walks, just moments from the park. Whether you plan on ticking off sections of the South West Coast Path or exploring further in land – there are plenty of routes for all ages and abilities. Choose from our wide selection of camping, caravan and holiday home accommodation and rest safe in the knowledge you’ve got clean and well-maintained facilities waiting for you at the end of a strenuous day.

Our caravan and campsite near Swanage is the perfect base from which to enjoy long hikes or leisurely strolls in Dorset. There are a number of scenic walks that can be accessed from the grounds of our holiday park, meaning you can easily leave the car on site for the duration of your stay. Seasoned hikers may choose to tackle the Purbeck Way and walk all the way to Corfe Castle. For those looking for something less strenuous, it’s just a 20-minute walk into Swanage town centre along the promenade.

South West Coast Path

old harry rocks

One of the most popular routes from our holiday park in Swanage is a circular walk to Old Harry Rocks. The path starts in the glorious Purbeck countryside before emerging onto the Jurassic Coast. From this iconic landmark you’ll experience far reaching views out to sea. On a clear day you can admire Poole, Bournemouth and even the Isle of Wight in the distance! From here you can continue East or West along the South West Coast Path. This national route covers the majority of our coastline and can be split into smaller day walks. Following the coastal path is the perfect way to take in beauty spots such as Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and the Isle of Portland.

Self-catering accommodation in Swanage

holiday home bathroom at ulwell holiday park

When you’ve spent the day walking, you’ll want clean and comfortable accommodation to return to at the end of the day. Our caravan holiday homes for hire are a fantastic option, with comfortable beds and a spacious seating area to relax and unwind in front of the TV. Whilst we do have a range of caravans to suit all budgets, you may choose to upgrade to our Prestige caravans. The two-bedroom models contain a bath where you can soak your muscles and recuperate after your walk.

Of course, we also have a selection of camping and touring pitches should you prefer the full outdoor experience. All of our camping pitches have electric hook up. We also have hardstanding and fully serviced pitches available for caravans and motorhomes. Our amenities block is maintained to a high standard with central heating and individual shower cubicles, hairdryers and shaving points. There’s also a laundrette with washing and drying facilities if you’re clothes have got wet and muddy during your walk.

Food and drink

food at village inn

We’re sure you will have worked up an appetite after a day spent exploring Dorset by foot. Let someone else do the cooking and refuel in our bar and restaurant, The Village Inn. Here you will find a varied menu containing pub favourites and imaginative daily specials. There’s also a wide selection of local ales if you want to treat yourself before retiring for the night.

If you plan on self-catering or want to stock up on snacks ahead of your walk, our on-site shop is the place to go. Open daily during the peak season, the friendly team sell a range of local produce, including home baked sweet treats.


If you’re planning a walking holiday in Dorset with your family or friends Ulwell Holiday Park is the place to go. Our friendly and hospitable team will be on hand throughout your stay, to ensure you have a memorable break in Swanage. Book your camping, touring or holiday home accommodation today by calling our reception team.

What our guests say

  • A gem of a place

    Sandra, Winchester

    What a find. I almost don’t want to tell you about it.

    It’s a family park with lovely, mostly new, fresh, clean spacious caravans – all set out almost in steps on the side of a small hill. The larger hill rises behind you, the sea spreads out in front and the swimming pool beckons behind the bar.

    The people are friendly, the site is clean and welcoming and the scenery unbeatable. It’s a gem of a place.

  • Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage


    Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage. A truly wonderful location, lying under the stunning Ballard Down and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Being only a 10 min walk from Swanage and the coast means it’s conveniently located for all amenities.

    The staff are always very helpful to sort out any problems and keep the site in fantastic condition. A 5-star park.

  • Friendly, clean & well kept

    Cheshire, UK

    Stayed here as a base to tour Isle of Purbeck and go on to Air show in Bournemouth. Not the cheapest site but definitely the cleanest and well thought out.

    Swimming pool , shop and pub/restaurant all in proximity and well kept/stocked. Bus stop right outside entrance. Grass pitches have plenty of space and well drained with shower blocks water/ drain points really handy.

    Will definitely be using this site again.

  • Lovely weekend

    Tina, London

    We have just returned from a lovely weekend caravanning at Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park.
    Lovely clean site with indoor heated pool. We went in the pool around 5pm and were the only ones in there (apart from life guard) it was lovely and warm and clean.

    We walked to old Harry’s rock and then Down into Swanage itself and had fish and chips and an ice cream.
    Staff on the site were helpful and friendly. Lovely stay.

  • Our second, lovely Christmas at Ulwell

    Jane P, Cheltenham

    After the success of Christmas 2016 at Ulwell, we returned again for Christmas 2017 and had another great time. Lovely warm caravan, peaceful and relaxing on site and a fantastic carvery on Boxing Day at The Village Inn.

    Thanks to all staff who were working and made sure we had such a great break away.

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Proudly associated

Over the years the family has developed the park to award-winning standards and in a style which compliments its surroundings.

  • Camping and caravanning
  • AA
  • British Holiday & Home Parks assocation
  • Poole Tourism
  • Visit Britain

Finding us


From Bournemouth via the Sandbanks chain ferry and following the B3351 into Swanage.

From Wareham using the A351 into Swanage, turn left along the seafront towards Studland.


The park is situated on the main bus route from Bournemouth to Swanage.


1 ° 58’ 16” West, 50° 37’ 34” North

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