Lyme Cob Aerial
caravan by red flowers
Lyme Beach kid
Lyme Towards Hut
Lyme towards Cob from Alex
Welcome to Monkton Wyld Camping, Caravanning & Motorhome Site ~ West Dorset
We are nestled in the West Dorset countryside just 3 miles from Charmouth and Lyme Regis. Our location means that we are ideally situated for exploring the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline.
We literally straddle the West Dorset and East Devon border.
Being situated where we are means that you have the best that each County has to offer, from the pretty coastal towns and villages between Exmouth in the West, to Weymouth in the East.
Visit some of the wonderfully quaint villages in West Dorset & East Devon
Come and visit some of the wonderfully quaint villages in East Devon. Places such as Beer, Branscombe and Sidmouth. Or go eastward and just 3 miles from us is the historic towns of Lyme Regis and Charmouth in West Dorset.
West Bay, is just a little bit further east and is the location for the famous TV Series Broadchurch. As well as more Fish & Chips stalls than you shake a salt & pepper pot at!
Then enjoy the interactive displays which detail the fossils and our local coastal marine wildlife. The centre also runs regular fossil walks, so you can learn first hand from our local experts. They have a ‘video room’ at the centre, so you can put your feet up and watch a film that takes you on a Jurassic voyage of discovery.
Recently, BBC Natural History has been filming a one-hour special with Sir David Attenborough. The Special BBC feature covers the recent discovery in Charmouth of a Giant Sea Dragon. The film is understood to be screened next year and tells how the discovery was made when a block of limestone fell onto the beach following the winter storms in January and how a local fossil expert noticed the block contained a creature with two flippers.
When you visit Charmouth, swing by the Heritage Coastal Centre
Lyme Regis Steeped in 13C History
Nearly everyone that stays with us goes for a stroll along the Lyme Regis promenade. This promenade leads you to the magnificent 13C Cobb. The Cobb was made famous when it featured heavily in the production of a dramatic film called ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’. It starred such actors as Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. When you walk along the Cobb you can really feel the history of a bygone era.
While you are in Lyme Regis why not enjoy its sandy beach. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sunshine. They say, happy kids, happy parents! Some would say… Happy kids, happy everyone! There is plenty for the children to do on the beach, from building sandcastles to going for a refreshing swim. Then maybe, it just might be the right time to treat yourself to local fish and chips or a delicious ice-cream!
Whether a shared or solo holiday experience, there is just so much to do and see in this part of the country. There is plenty of local events to enjoy and places to just take some time out.
The World’s only Swan Sanctuary
Not too far from us is the world’s only sanctuary for swans. Abbotsbury swannery is a really magical place.
There are several play areas for children and even a natural maze. The on-site cafe is full of lovely things to eat and drink.
That’s not all, just by the swannery there is the Abbotsbury’s animal farm, where children can come up close to a variety animals. There are Donkey rides as well as a wonderful Guinea Pig feeding time, where children sit and feed their favourite Guinea Pig! We have never seen so many colours, shapes and crazy Guinea Pig hair do’s! There is also a well equipped children’s play barn and remote controlled ‘Pirate Ship’ lake. Not forgetting parents and hungry tummies, there is a cafe here too, so you will never go hungry.
There is one final attraction at Abbotsbury, which is the Sub Tropical Gardens, these gardens are a day in itself to enjoy. At certain times of year they hold events and illuminate the gardens. There is a large cafe and shop here too.
The Colyton to Seaton Tramway
If trams are your thing, why not visit the tramway that runs from to Colyton to Seaton. Young and old will delight in the this rather special trip along the Axe Estuary. There are over 20 trams of all colours and designs. The tram does stop half way in the village of Colyford, just by the local pub!
Colyton tram station has a wonderful cafe, shop and platform. There is also a children’s play area and frankly there’s nothing nicer to do than to have a cup of tea and slice of homemade cake by the platform, watching the trams come and go. Seaton’s tram station puts you right in the heart of Seaton and the seafront is a short walk away.
Forde Abbey ~ 900 year Old Cistercian Monastery
Just inland from us is the famous Forde Abbey with over 30 acres of beautiful gardens and stunning water fountain to enjoy. This 900 year old Cistercian monastery displays wonderful tapestries within its walls. The large and rambling gardens incorporate herbaceous borders, sheltering trees offer shade on a sunny day and millions of spring bulbs come to life early in the year.
Forde Abbey is a perfect place for children to run around and enjoy themselves and for the less energetic to simply relax and just be. There is an onsite cafe and they also hold regular events, both art and crafts as well as musical festivals. Their Charity summer event is a must-go to experience.
Bustling Town of Bridport & The Shop’s of Curios
Just east of our holiday park is the bustling market town of Bridport. The Saturday market is well worth a visit with its 60+ market stalls. There is also a significant number of ‘bric-a-brac’ antique shops in the old quarter of Bridport. These shops of ‘curios’ collections and antiques will definitely keep you busy for a mornings exploration. You never know what you may find! While you are there look out for the ‘Red Brick Cafe’ its just in the corner of where all the ‘bric-a-brac’ antique shops are. The cafe is a wonderful place to sit, relax and enjoy some delicious food.
River Cottage HQ & Canteen only 3 Miles from us
River Cottage HQ is located only a few minutes drive from us, where all the ‘River Cottage’ programs with Hugh were filmed. They now they offer fine dinning and cookery lessons at HQ.
River Cottage Canteen is located in the heart of Axminster. Axminster is just three miles away from us. The food at River Cottage Canteen is delicious!
We Would Love to See You
We hope we have tempted you to come and stay and enjoy all the local places and things to explore. There is so much more to do and see here than we have been able to highlight, but our website at www.monktonwyld.co.uk has a large number of other activities and events that you might want to have a look at.
150 Level Pitches – Ideal for all Requirements
Just in case you are not aware we have 150 level, well spaced pitches, including a mix of hardstanding, grass and some pitches that are able to be utilised by both tents and caravans. A significant number of our pitches come with electric connection, if required.
Getting Back to Mother Nature
If you prefer getting back to basics, we have a large camping field available during the high season. There are toilet facilities and running water in the camping field and its just a short walk to our main shower facilities.
Giving You Privacy & Room to Enjoy Your Stay
Our experienced team of ground staff, maintain every part of the park and make sure that we offer you the best space and privacy possible by the use of small sections and hedges.
Lashing of Hot Water – OnSite Shop
The park’s wash and shower facilities offer lashings of hot water and there is a coin operated laundry too. Our on-site shop provides for those holiday essentials, gifts and alcohol. We also have an information section, which has a wealth of local information covering all interests, including walking and cycling cards. We are on hand too with our local knowledge which, hopefully will answer most of your questions.
Pitch Up ~ Put the Kettle on ~ Relax & Unwind
So, whether you are looking for a family fun filled holiday or a peaceful relaxing break, we feel we have just the spot waiting for you to pitch up, put the kettle on and begin to enjoy all that West Dorset and East Devon have to offer. We are a dog friendly site and there is a special woodland walk to one side of our park for them.
Our friendly and efficient reception ladies will do their very best to ensure your booking and holiday run smoothly.
Everyone can book a holiday with us
There is no need to be a member of the Camping & Caravan Club to be able to stay with us. There is no disadvantage in low and mid-season for non-members. The non-member pitch fee only applies in the high season periods.
Membership advantage means no non-member fee in High Season. In low and mid-season over 60's years receive a discount.
Wifi is purchasable on the site, via your device. Various durations are available from one day, three days, seven days, fourteen days and even a year!