The Ancient Trails Company

Stunning relaxed trail walking between Dorset's best wild camping spots.

  • roomUnits 1
  • person Sleeps 2 - 8
  • bed Bedrooms 1 -
  • petPets Yes
  • mobilityMobility No
  • Older Kids
  • Teens

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A unique holiday experience, taking you and your family away from the hustle and bustle, through gorgeous countryside, on foot with friendly ponies (Bob and Evie!) carrying the load. Walk along stunning trails between woodland campsites, made specifically and only for you and your group. Taking every opportunity to stop at fun places along the way; you can enjoy splashing in sparkling fords, picnic-ing in ancient woodlands or admiring brilliant views from ridgeway walks.

About this place

Best bits

  • You can extend your 1-2 night trail adventure, with some additional nights at a partner campsite. The lovely Ancient Trails team are happy to organise for you.
  • Toasted marshmallows anyone?! Fire pit and BBQ cooking adds to the sense of adventure.
  • Nothing connects you better to nature than wild camping. And kids absolutely love it.

Top tips

  • Book with friends or family to have the trip to yourselves. The maximum group size is 8 (the ponies can only carry so much!).
  • Firewood is provided, or you can send the children to collect your own.
  • Prepare for peace and tranquility. Limited phone reception and remote locations equals a welcome break from work focused life

Plan your stay

What are the facilities like? Where can you eat? What can you do?

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Unfortunately the trails are ancient, the woodlands are wild, and therefore not suitable for those with mobility issues.


Location & local area

About the owners

Karen & Mark

Listed since December 2020

We fell in love with wild camping in Scotland – the children were so happy with time and the freedom to run and play and we loved watching them enjoy the peace and beauty of the wild countryside. This year we rediscovered our own home, Dorset, and were swept off our feet by the ridgeway walks, ancient paths, rolling fields and thatched villages ample for exploring. With our recently adopted ponies in tow, we headed out for wild camping adventures on our doorstep. The experience was so incredible, we decided to make a business of it – Ancient Trails was born!

Owner recommendations

  • Dorset is stunning. From the fossils on the beach, a pirating history, castles, steam trains, museums and stately homes, there really is something for everyone.

  • Arrive with the attitude that this mini adventure will leave you refreshed and reconnected. Nothing beats being surrounded by nature in all its glory.

  • Contact us to find out what is close by to your chosen trip and we'll be happy to help where we can.

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