New hardstanding fully serviced pitches for adult-only park in Dorset


Every year our Premier Parks members invest in their campsites and this year, at Back of Beyond Touring Park in Dorset, they are creating around 70 additional hardstanding pitches in total. They’re more suitable than grass pitches for off-peak and winter stays, and having more hardstanding pitches has helped earn the park its new 5 Pennant Gold rating from the AA.

Over 20 of the new hardstanding pitches are going to be fully serviced. That means each pitch will have its own fresh water and electricity supply along with a grey water drain. If you’ve ever stayed on a fully serviced pitch, you’ll know how convenient it is to have your own water and electricity supply and drainage.

To construct the pitches, areas have been dug out for the hardstanding, removing soil and rubble. Then they've put wooden shuttering around the edges of the dug out areas to retain the sides. Weed membrane is the first covering to go in the hole to stop weeds and grass growing in the hardstanding area. It’s permeable to rainwater so that it doesn’t get waterlogged. The membrane is then covered by four inches of Mendip stone, which needs to be levelled and flattened with a roller. To finish, the hardstanding area is dressed with shingle. They are also laying drains, pipes and cables to the fully serviced pitches and putting in new bollards.

The superior hardstanding fully serviced pitches will measure around 23 x 12 metres on average, with the smallest 14 x 12 metres. Some are over 25 metres long! These pitches will also have picnic tables provided. The standard size hardstanding fully serviced pitches are around 12 x 10 metres with a 10 x 6 metre hardstanding area.

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