Meadow view campsite review
With the spell of great weather recently, we decided to take TJ the campervan for a quick weekend break at Meadow View campsite. Located between Three Legged Cross and Horton village it’s a short drive from the sunny shores of Bournemouth and perfectly located to explore East Dorset and the New Forest.
Driving up to Meadow View it was a case of blink and you’ll miss it as they really can do with some better signage. Nonetheless we found it with relative ease thanks to the trusty GPS and pulled in on a sunny Friday afternoon. A warm welcome awaited us in the reception area that doubles as a small shop selling only the barest of camping essentials and we were given a key for the gate and lead to our pitch.
Pitches are a combination of hard and soft standing with electric hook-ups available. We were allocated a hard standing spot on the edge of the meadow and although we had a couple of caravans on either side it certainly didn’t feel cramped. After pitching up it took only a few minutes to do the inevitable campervan shuffle of moving kit around whilst our eldest took great delight in burning off some energy running around on the meadow.
Activities on site are pretty scarce. There’s a small coarse fishing lake which we were told is stocked with fish but the recent hot spell of weather has meant the reeds have grown out of control and taken most of it over. I expect they’ll be clearing this out in the coming months though as one of our neighbours who’s a frequent visitor informed us there’s usually some good fishing to be had. Other than that the large meadow is great for outdoor games, and the odd kite flying. Whenever we go camping, we always try and go somewhere that allows open fires and Meadow View takes that one step further by hiring out firepits…unfortunately due to the recent dry spell they’ve understandably been advised to cease hiring fire pits for safety reasons.
Facilities overall are fairly basic but in good condition. There were two shower blocks which have been fitted out to a relatively modern standard. Hot showers with excellent water pressure they even had a heated towel rail in the shower cubicles. Undercover washing up facilities are available as well as chemical disposal points. Mobile data signal was patchy with occasional 3G but mostly Edge. Fortunately we stocked up on some TV episodes on the kids’ tablet ahead of time.
TJ was parked at the eastern end of the meadow, so evenings were spent drinking sundowners watching the sunset over the horizon.
For us, taking the campervan out is all about making new adventures and exploring new places. Within sight of the campsite stands the impressive Horton Tower.
Having driven past it numerous times we’ve always wanted to have a proper look so this was the perfect opportunity to explore. Technically you could walk the 1.5 miles but the beauty of a campervan for us is the freedom it gives you to hop in and go for a drive. Finding a pathway to Horton proved a bit tricky, but if you take the road to Chalbury Common from Horton, after about half a mile there’s a small road to your left followed by a layby on the right hand side.
If you pull into this laybay and then head up that road it will lead you to a gate with a path leading to the tower.
The tower really is something to behold and the views of the surrounding fields goes for miles. Believed at one stage to be the tallest non religious building in Britain, rumour has it that it was originally built by a lord Sturt to observe the hunting parties. A true folly in the sense of the word for a rich man to show off. These days it is closed to the public as you can’t enter it anymore, but it was still a pretty impressive site. It’s worth mentioning we had excellent mobile signal up here, not only because of the elevated position but also the mobile masts discreetly fixed to it’s sides.