May we recommend

 When we are not looking after the beasties,

we like to find a nice C.L. somewhere.   

For those of you who don't know what a C.L. is,

it is a Certificated location which in english

is a caravan site that has the necessary requirements  such as  water,  grey and black water emptying point and  sometimes,  electricity,  but not too many people

because it is usually miles from anywhere

with nothing to do but enjoy the ambience.

This first one is near our roots, and is at  Ansty, near Tisbury Wilts.

Details are found in the Caravan Club Site directory and handbook under Shaftesbury, Dorset.  Five vans only, caravan club members only.

The pictures show each direction and the distant hills in the background. On the second one, ( which is east),  you have the famous Fovant Badges.    These are approx. three miles up the A30 towards Salisbury. 

Although this site is only a couple hundred yards off the A30 it is very quiet, being sheltered by the trees immediately behind the van.  Also in the vicinity is Wardour Castle, which is well worth a visit.

It also featured in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves.

     Todber Manor Farm  

                                 Sturminster Newton,


Although perhaps not as pretty as Ansty, the views to the left on the first photo, are far reaching. The above picture shows Bulbarrow Hill, another  viewpoint well worth a visit and offering lots more walks.  There are other amenities on offer, such as showers and  self catering accomodation  if you want to bring the relatives.

There is also fishing, as the site is on Todber Manor Fisheries.

If you don't fish you can walk around the lakes and see the ducks, not lots, but nice anyway.

Being at Todber, you are just up the road from Marnhull,  as mentioned in the link 

The places we go    

There is lots of walking around Todber  but some of the footpaths could do with a visit from the footpath warden.

Nothing to do with the site I might add.

From:- Kelly's Directory of Dorsetshire, 1889


The church, dedication unknown, was rebuilt, with exception of the tower in, in 1879, by Elizabeth Marchioness of Westminster, on the site and in the original styles, partly Early English and partly Perpendicular ; it consists of chancel and nave ; the tower has been strengthened and support by two well-proportioned buttresses at the S.E and S.W. angles, the base of the tower forming the entrance to the nave : 2 bells bearing date of 1736-7, one of which was recast in 1879 : the north wall of the nave has been slightly projected, giving more space within, the chancel returns it old somewhat tiny proportions : a handsome chancel arch of Bath stone gives a beauty and dignity to the appearance inside, and a small vestry has been added on the north side : one of the old Early English two-light windows has been replaced in the north wall of the chancel, and filled with stained glass : an engraved brass fixed on the wall below thus explains the object of the memorial window :--“To the glory of God, and in memory of Richard PRATT M.A. of Merton College, Oxford, for 17 years curate of this church and Stower Provost, this window is erected by his old parishioners and friends. He was call to his rest Feb 17th, A.D. 1878, aged 58: “a piece of old stained glass has been replaced in the east window : the communion table is formed of an old bevelled stone, found in the old floor, and from its size and mouldings was evidently the old altar stone ; it is now supported on massive pedestals of oak : the old oak pulpit has been restored, it being simple but elegant work of the Caroline period : the old octagonal font has been used again, mounted on a handsome step, and standing in an open position near the door ; it is surrounded by a carved oak cover. The register dates from the year 1653.

Approximately five miles away at Child Okeford is Hambledon Hill, a hillfort dating from 300 B.C. with lots of different approaches and superb  views  when at the top.   Well worth a visit.

Type into your search  Hambledon Hill, Dorset and you will get a lot of info.

Car parking is limited so be choosy  when you decide on your approach.

Being in Dorset , Todber  is a very good spot to drive from for the coast

or the very  varied scenery that this part of England has to offer  .

 I kid you not.  

For info about Caravan Club sites try this email address,

If you dont get any joy please let me know and I will try and find

another connection to them.

Drive about 6 miles West of Shaftesbury Dorset on the A30.

Down the hill just past West Stour  and on the left immediately

past the small industrial estate you come to Coking farm.

With several large lakes catering for fisherpeople

the site also has facilities for approx

30 caravan/motorhomes with hardstandings,

electric points, water and drainage for each van.

Shower block and toilets and Wi-fi. 

If you are looking for a club caravan site

this is not it but the new owners are begining to do things.

You don't have to be into fishing to come here

the large area of lakes have nice tidy grass paths

all around and with ducks,geese, swans and other

assorted birds it makes for nice walks and with

a large wood alongside the lakes with paths

it can be quite enjoyable.

                                   For visitors, that is.

Looking across the A30 from the site is the village of Kington Magna . If you drive into the village other villages close by are well  worth a visit such as Buckhorn Weston and Cucklington  especially for their views  and pretty churches..

                Cucklington Church.

                More to come soon.