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Old 17 July 2008, 17:44   #1
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Solent / Swanage Camping Slipway

Does anyone out there have any knowledge of a decent campsite with a good slipway that I can use in a couple of weekends time

I am really new to launching off a trailer so the wider the slipway the better
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Old 17 July 2008, 18:01   #2
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You are really going to struggle with that request in the Swanage Area. The main slip in Swanage is ok but not a campsite for several miles. Are you looking for a site with a slip in the site?
Near Swanage you could try the Studland boat yard, it's got an easiler slip but it's no use at low tide. Still no camp site either.
The nearest I can think of is Rockley Park, that's at the opposite end of Poole Harbour. Good Slip, if you watch the cross current, and a huge campsite. But it'll take 40 minutes to get to Swanage by boat, speed restrictions in the harbour.
Hope someone can think of something I can't of or offer alternatives on the Solent.
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In terms of the Solent, Calshot is probably your best bet. Campsite, and massive slip. It does get windy out there though, so I'm not sure I'd want to be in a tent on a grotty day!
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Jon, I would choose one the many New Forest camp sites and then launch at Lymington slip next to the Harbour Masters office. Huge wide slip with trailer and car parking. There is a charge but it's a safe big easy slip to launch on.

The Lymington Harbour Master has recently installed a new very long jetty so you could talk to him about keeping it in the water overnight. He charged us 12.50 for 9 metres overnight a couple of weeks ago.

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Redcliffe Farm, Wareham, a slipway and a campsite or closer to swanage, Kimmeridge Bay, slipway and noticed some campers/camper vans in June, Rockley Park did not used to allow tents?
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Echo Petes commments about new forest & then Lymington , or there is a free wide slipway at Christchurch which is the 'right' side of Hurst of you want to go to swanage in the boat for the day , but it does get pretty exposed in a south westerly outsude the solent - especially given the decent winds we have had for the last few weeks !
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We've launched from the slip near the lifeboat stn. many times it's not cheap they also charge for trailer parking and your motor is 5 or 7 a day forgot exactly.

We normally camp or go in a statics at what was Priestway now Shorefield possibly called Swanage Coastal Park. The site next to this did appear cheaper, cant help with the name though.

We did launch from the free public slip by the Swanage light railway museum (near the chippies and New Look) it gets you onto the beach so you'd need to be sure you could get off or have a waterproof car like Codders magic land rover.
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Redcliffe Farms sounds like it's worth investigating.

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I've launched at Redcliffe - the slip is OK but there were lots of youngsters to be cleared out the way first! There's a slow run down the river to the harbour, but it's quite pleasant.

I recall that there was a reduced slip charge if you camped there as well but I don't know what the full price is now.

Apart from Redcliffe itself, there's plenty of decent campsites in the Wareham area. Some are fairly basic and others don't allow groups of various types so it depends what you want.
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16, if you camp 15.
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