Please kindly note, The Trooper Inn is under new ownership.

Set in the heart of the Blackmore Vale and less than an hour’s drive from the spectacular Jurassic Coast, The Trooper Campsite is a perfect, secluded base from which to explore the region.

Whether in a caravan, motorhome or tent, for one night or for longer, there is plenty to see and do!
‘The Trooper Inn campsite is easy to reach and is only four and a half miles from Sherborne Castle. It has everything you need for a camping trip, with amenities including a pub and restaurant plenty of local countryside to explore.’  Evening Standard (April 2016): 10 of Dorset’s best attractions and camping spots.
Recommended in 2016 by the Evening Standard: ’10 of Dorset’s best attractions and camping spots’.
  • Trooper Camping

    Trooper Camping

    Our private CS Hideaway camping and caravan site is nestled at the back of the pub in a small level field.
  • Idyllic Setting

    Idyllic Setting

    Close enough to enjoy the convenience of our pub, yet far enough away to enjoy the peaceful countryside.
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We’re close to the borders of Somerset and Wiltshire, so there’s lots to enjoy in all directions! As well as relaxing in the beautiful surroundings, soaking up the atmosphere and history, and of course chatting with the locals at The Trooper.

‘The Trooper Inn is a quiet friendly pub in a tiny village in North Dorset with a field out the back for campers. The pub provides good quality food…. The coast is about half an hour away by car and there are lots of walks and public footpaths nearby. This site is ideal for people who want to be away from the hustle and bustle of busy campsites.’  Landcruise: Recommended campsites for Dorset.

What you’ll also want to know…

Our camping season starts around the 1st April and ends around the 30th September, depending on the weather.

Advance booking is advisable – especially for bank holiday weekends when we are often fully-booked several weeks beforehand.


  • Electric hook ups
  • Shower
  • Toilets
  • Chemical disposal point
  • Water point


  • £12.00 per night – unit & 2 persons
  • £2.00 per person per night thereafter
  • £3.00 electric per night
  • 50p per dog per night

To book now and for enquiries, please phone us: 01963 362405

There’s plenty to see while you’re here…

  • On Holiday

    Exploring by car, we are ideally situated for a day at the coast, with dramatic coastline and highly acclaimed beaches.
    Exploring by bicycle, the North Dorset Trailway takes you through picturesque villages, along the old Somerset and Dorset railway line, past the ancient hillfort of Hambledon Hill.
    Exploring on foot, there are many wonderful walks from the Trooper (and back to the Trooper!).
  • Out and About

    The market towns of Sherborne and Shaftsbury abound with boutiques, delicatessens and cafes, and you can also visit the Abbeys, museums and, in Sherborne, the castles.
    Just over an hour's drive northwards, you can reach the caves of Cheddar Gorge, the beautiful Mendip Hills and Chew Valley Lake with abundant bird life and lakeside cafe.
  • Locally

    There are several walks from the Trooper Inn - and back again! We have handouts of circular walks for you to borrow.
    And the North Dorset Trailway starts at Sturminster Newton, providing 12 miles of off-road cycling or walking along part of the former Somerset and Dorset railway line, close to the River Stour.
    Wherever you walk, there'll be lots to see - including an abundance of wildlife.
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Contact Us

The Trooper Inn ⚬ Stourton Caundle ⚬ Dorset ⚬ DT10 2JW
Phone: 01963 362405
Contact Us

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Opening Hours

The pub is now closed due to the COVID-19 virus and will not reopen until notification is received from the government confirming that we are able to open again.
Thank you so much to everyone that has supported us and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Stay safe. Best wishes, John, Debbie, James & Joe.

Camping at The Trooper

Our camping season runs from around 1st April to 30th September, depending on the weather.
Advance booking is advisable.

Camping tariffs:
£12.00 per night - unit & 2 persons
£2.00 per person per night thereafter
£3.00 electric per night
50p per dog per night