Moreton is one of Dorset’s hidden gems and a must visit if you’re looking for beautiful walks and a riverside setting. It’s an idyllic spot to spend a couple of relaxing hours, whilst younger members of the family paddle in the ford. Moreton is a haven for dog walkers and great if you want to take your four-legged friend for a refreshing dip in the river. Despite its small size, Moreton has plenty to offer visitors including a historic church, café, and walled gardens. It’s a great spot whatever the season!
The River Frome passes through the village and there’s a small pedestrian bridge that spans the ford. On a summers day you will find lots of families picnicking here whilst the children splash and play in the river. Pack your water shoes and net if you’re hoping to catch a minnow! Don’t worry if you forget, one of the kind residents has as selection to borrow on their doorstep!
If you’ve got time to spare cross the river and follow the path further into the heathland. You’ll pass beautiful forest on both sides and can join a number of walking and cycling trails. Sometimes horse riders ride their horses through the river here which is a beautiful site not to be missed!
The church is full of character and makes a pretty picture in the rural setting. The main highlight of this beautiful building are the engraved windows, which depict scenes including butterflies, trees and flowers. The glass was installed to replaced dull panels and uninspiring panels that were hastily fitted following a bombing in the Second World War. They were designed by Sir Laurence Whistler and took over 30 years to complete.
T.E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) lived nearby and was laid to rest in Moreton cemetery. There is a 7-mile circular walk in memory of the famed writer, which begins in the village and takes you to Woodland Trust’s Moreton Plantation and the Tank Museum before turning back to the village. The Lawrence of Arabia trail encompasses a range of habitats including woodland, heathland and of course the River Frome. It takes roughly four hours to complete and much of the route is well surfaced.
Explore 5 acres of formal gardens at Moreton Walled Gardens. Take a leisurely stroll through the different areas as you admire the seasonal flowers. There’s a wide selection of native plants and trees on display so you’ll want to pack your camera. There’s also a café serving a delicious menu as well as a small area selling gifts and plants.
Follow signs to Wareham and then pick up signs for Bovington
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We booked for two nights in our Motorhome and ended up staying six nights. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Shower blocks were kept clean and water was lovely and hot. Bus stop directly outside site going to Poole and Swanage on the he number 40 bus route. Worth getting a return ticket to save money Mo, Oct 2021
We had a simply fabulous time at South Lytchett Manor last month. We were not sure about camping in October but the site is well insulated, the playground kept our kids well entertained and the facilities were super clean and comfortable. We loved having a shop onsite and there are water taps and electricity points in abundance.. we have stayed at a number of sites and couldn’t recommend this Beth, Nov 2020
Great campsite, really friendly and polite staff. Very clean facilities and felt ‘safe’ with all the hand sanitizer and clear signage, highly recommend - we’ll probably book one of the huts next time.... Richard , Oct 2020
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