Protecting the Natural Dorset Landscape & the Countryside Code

April 16th, 2021

We’re delighted to welcome guests back to our holiday park in Swanage. After a long winter and various restrictions, it’s lovely to see families making use of our facilities and enjoying a well-deserved caravan holiday in Dorset.

The Jurassic Coast is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK and we’re anticipating a bumper season whilst foreign travel remains uncertain. With increased numbers of people set to visit comes a responsibility to protect our local community and the environment surrounding our park.

We must all be mindful or our actions and play our part in ensuring our natural landscape is well cared for during the busy summer months. We can all work together to protect our world-renowned coastline and picturesque countryside.

Countryside Code

We would like to take this opportunity to remind our guests of the Countryside Code. There are a number of simple rules we kindly ask our guests to adhere to when enjoying the scenic walks from our park. These rules also extend to coastal beauty spots around the county, such as Worbarrow Bay, Durdle Door, Studland Bay and Kimmeridge.

Below we paraphrase the Countryside Code as set out by the Government. For more detailed information, we encourage you to download the leaflet or visit the website ahead of your stay.

 Respecting local communities

  • Be considerate to other people – including those that work in the countryside. We’re a friendly bunch in Dorset, who love a good chat and to say hello
  • Leave gates and property as you find them (i.e., if you find a gate open, leave it open) 
  • Park in designated spaces. Do not block access to gateways or driveways. Ensure there is room for emergency vehicles 
  • Keep to public footpaths and avoid straying off the path – even if it’s muddy. Familiarise yourself with common signs and symbols
Leave gates as you find them

Credit: National Farmers Union

Protect the local environment

  • Always take your litter home. Be prepared and take a bag with you to tidy up
  • Keep dogs under close control. Pop them on a lead around livestock and give animals plenty of space. Ensure you pick up and dispose of their poo. If you’re heading to the beach, ensure that it is dog friendly
  • Do not damage any plants or disturb wildlife. Do not feed livestock or wild animals
  • Disposable barbeques pose a fire risk and danger to wildlife. Avoid forests and dry areas of grass. Only light a BBQ in areas that it is allowed. Be careful with naked flames and cigarettes 
keep your dog on a short lead

Credit: National Farmers Union

Enjoy the great outdoors

  • Plan ahead and drive carefully in rural areas
  • Check the weather, wind and tides before entering the water. There are plenty of beaches with a lifeguard service in Dorset
Leave no trace take your litter home

Credit: National Farmers Union

We really hope you enjoy your time exploring Dorset during your stay at our caravan and camping park. Dorset is a special place and spending time outdoors is good for the mind, body and soul – especially after spending so much time inside over the past year. Respect, protect and enjoy the local landscape and try new activities such as walking, fishing and watersports. We guarantee you’ll have a wonderful time and make many happy family memories to enjoy for years to come!


Ulwell Holiday Park is a family-owned caravan and camping site set in a scenic location on the outskirts of Swanage. It is surrounded by the Purbeck Hills and within walking distance of a number of beaches, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind.

We have a variety of holiday accommodation to choose from including static caravans for hire, touring and camping pitches and a wooden glamping pod. Our fantastic facilities include an indoor swimming pool, bar and restaurant and outdoor play park.

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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We are currently at an amazing 4.5 score at TripAdvisor, based upon 200+ reviews from verified guests.

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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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