19, Moreton Road,
Dorset DT2 8HT.
Dorset DT2 8HT.
Tel: 01305 853404
Jim's Camping, is a small, peaceful and secret campsite situated within a stones throw from Dorset's Jurassic coastline. Tucked away within the small picturesque village of Owermoigne, Jim's crumbling farm house and rambling fields full of seasonal flowers and vegetables, invites campers to simple, old school camping.
Misty mornings and relaxing calls of distant peacock and wandering guinea fowl will stir you out of your tent. A mild trickle of warm water will revive you in the old pig shed showers!
We first discovered Jim's Farm by complete accident. Whilst searching for a campsite at 8.30pm in Dorset, frantically searching the internet and driving from one to another to find them all full, I started to panic. There was a regatta on, which we didn't know about, and everywhere in Dorset was chock-a-block!
Last on the list was a phone number, no website, no photos, no review. I wasn't feeling very positive.
But then there was a very friendly gentleman on the end of the phone, 'yes we have plenty of space, just put your tent up in the field anywhere and we'll see you in the morning'. Oh joy!!!
This is a rare campsite, no 'facilities', no endless signs of do's and don'ts, no stereos blasting away, no larger drinking groups spoiling the tranquility. Just you and your tent (or small camper van!).
We drove into a nearly empty field, from a bumpy little lane, bordered with tumbling hedgerows full of flowers. Next to the field were neatly planted rows of bushy sweet pea flowers and a faint sound of a peacock. 'What an amazing place!'.
Jim potters about on his mini tractor. A friendly lady comes around in the mornings (but not too early) to collect money from the campers. It usually costs us £10 for the two or us per night. Ask Jim if you can visit his bird collection (if the peacock hasn't already led you there).
I love this campsite, in my opinion it is the best, and we have visited many campsites I can tell you! We have been there four times now.
There are two hot showers in brick out buildings, and plenty of toilets with basin/paper/soap in them (take a lantern with you).
Place to do washing up and filling your water bottle in the field.
But, please don't go there if you:
a: expect modern facilities and entertainments
b: require a fully stocked campsite shop
c: want to have a party
d: like to make lots of noise
e: complain when things don't work properly at a campsite
I always feel that people should get out there and discover their own secret places, instead of relying on others to provide info of where to go. Exploring for yourself is always more fun!
I have seen what 'Cool Camping' guides have done to previously tranquil campsites : (
However, we have noticed that this campsite is having fewer visitors and I know how much the extra little bit of income always helps. I hope that you will have a lovely time if you visit for a little break, its the perfect place for relaxing and getting away from the modern world. This place will take you back at least 50 years!
Other places to visit nearby:
Lulworth Cove. Busy, but stunning! Walk all the way around to the quieter side of the cove.
Durdle Door. A big climb down a zillion steps to the beach, but well worth it! Use the toilets at the campsite at the top of the cliff. Don't forget to take plenty of water with you!
Bluebells on the way from Lulworth to Jim's Farm. Keep your eyes open during April/May-ish.
Ringstead. A quieter beach with less tourists. Large cafe/beach shop next to carpark.
*also, Monkey World is just up the road!
To visit Jim's Camping, its probably best to phone up for directions as there doesn't seem to be any sign on the road when we last went there.