The Old School Campsite

UK England West Midlands Shropshire

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Laundry
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A small camping and glamping site in the Shropshire Hills where on-site activities ranging from arts to adventure sports

If Bear Grylls and Kirstie Allsop went in to business together they might come up with something like The Old School Campsite. By English standards it’s remote; “a 10-minute drive from everything,” according to owner Stuart. He’s the Grylls of the place, with a background in the military and outdoor education, while his wife Rachel, a former art and design teacher, is more Allsop – with a touch of adventure thrown in. Stay at their campsite and, in addition to a place to pitch your tent, you’ll be able to join their range of art and adventure activities: from crochet to climbing, batik to bushcraft.

Camping and glamping pitches are tucked behind a former school house, now home to Stuart, Rachel and their two children. It’s hard to think of a more appropriate place for this pair of teachers to combine their camping and creative-outdoor education businesses. And though the 19th-century classrooms have gone, the teaching continues with lessons now taking place on the site’s climbing wall or in Rachel’s studio. Situated in the Shropshire Hills, almost atop the Welsh-English border, it offers a taste of Wales’ great outdoors in a location that’s conveniently connected. And, once you’re on site, it’s just a short stroll to the top of Corndon Hill from where you have views to the area’s most famous peaks and plateaus, Stiperstones and the Long Mynd included.

The campsite is open to all (though large caravans and motorhomes might find the site’s dimensions tight) with grassy pitches for tents, electric hook-ups and dogs welcome. Glampers can choose between a furnished bell tent (there are three in a small separate meadow) or the glamping caravan which has its own shower room and toilet. With an on-site shop selling the basics, as well as organised activities and easy walking in to the hills, there’s no real need to go elsewhere.

Having said that, if you do fancy exploring further afield, you can go kayaking or mountain-biking with Stuart, Rachel or one of their other instructors – or go it alone to discover the sights. Big-name attractions, including Ironbridge Gorge, are within reach but there are plenty of pretty villages, market towns and smaller attractions closer by. The Shropshire Hills’ Bog Visitor Centre and Snailbeach Lead Mine are good places to start and both are, of course, about a 10-minute drive from site.

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Facilities

12 of the pitches have electric hook ups. 1 shower (50p), 2 toilets, BBQs. Glamping bell tents are kitted out with a futon-style double bed and camp beds with duvets, pillows and linen provided. Each has electric hook-up with an electric heater, a 2-ring gas stove for use outside and a box of cooking equipment, tableware and washing-up essentials. Outside, each tent has an awning, dug-in firepit and a picnic table. The glamping caravan has a double bed and 2 singles, all with linen provided, a kitchenette, cooking equipment and tableware as well as an en-suite shower room and toilet. The site has a small shop, a washing-up area, a laundry with a washing machine and tumble dryer as well as a communal-use freezer. There’s also a chemical disposal point on site. Campfires are permitted in off-ground fire pits.

Suitable For

Everyone! Campers, glampers, campervans, caravans, motorhomes, groups, dogs...

Nearby

Creative Outdoors is Rachel and Stuart’s own arts and outdoors education specialist offering all sorts of activities on-site from jewellery making and printing to climbing and archery and off-site activities including kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking. You can also head off on walks in to the Shropshire Hills straight from site. The Bog Visitor Centre (01743 792484) is 4 miles away with information on the area and local walks. Snailbeach Lead Mine (07716 116732) is 7 miles to the north. A similar distance south and a drive of 15 minutes gets you to the market town of Bishop’s Castle where there are cafes, shops and galleries. For a Welsh market town, hop over the border and head for Montgomery (11 miles away), which also has a model car museum and a ruined castle. Powys Castle (01938 551944) is 12 miles away. The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway (01938 810441), Shrewsbury, Wroxeter Roman City (01743 761330), Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom (01952 677917) and The Ironbridge Gorge Museums (01952 433424) are all within an hour’s drive.

Food & Drink

You can stock up on the basics or treat yourself to a smores kit, pail of ale or basket of bubbly from the campsite’s own shop. There’s also a convenience store in the village of Stiperstones, 7 miles away. The farmers’ market at Bishop’s Castle, also 7 miles away, takes place once a month (third Wednesday) and there are plenty of shops and eateries including Thyme Café – recommended for scones, cakes and lunches. There’s also a café at The Bog Visitor Centre (01743 792484). Pontesbury (10 miles away) has takeaways including Zenna Chinese Restaurant (01743 791848) and Balti Spice (01743 791848). If you’re heading to Shrewsbury, Eat at Eight is recommended.

Opening Times

All year (except February).

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The Owner Says

The site is close to the Welsh border and on the edge of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so expect lengthy walks through pretty hills and dales as well as splendid views all around.... and plenty of peace and quiet next to firepits in green fields, setting the barbecue smouldering for dinner and taking in the starry night sky.

The site is approximately 2 acres in size and, although small, has been described as 'a gem of a site' by previous guests and is well equipped for your needs.

We have grass camping pitches as well as touring pitches with electric hook ups for campervans and caravans. We have a stone and brick built building containing toilets, wash basins and shower, available for all visitors. Separate washing up facilities with both hot and cold running water. A chemical waste disposal point is available. We have on site BBQs for your use. You can have relaxing evenings watching the sun setting, while listening to the birds singing as dusk descends, then as the darkness falls you can gaze at the wonderful display of stars in the night sky. Directly accessed from the site, you can be immersed in the wonderful Shropshire countryside within seconds.

By day, stroll over to the site’s activity centre for a host of arts and crafts workshops: guests can embrace their artistic sides with silver jewellery, felt, knitting, enamelling or batik workshops on site, to wrap up stays with handmade souvenirs to boast about back home. If that sounds too laidback, spend time at the activity centre chatting to owners Rachel and Stuart instead. They’ll help guests to organise rock climbing days, paddleboard lessons, canoeing trips on the Severn and the Montgomery Canal, and mountain biking excursions on the trails nearby – or venture out solo on wanders along the long-distance Shropshire Way, which passes within minutes of the site.

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Accommodation

3 bell tents, 1 glamping caravan and 18 pitches (12 with electric hook up).

Large Tent & Touring Pitch

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 12 Available
5m pitch with optional 16 amp hook up. Room for 1 vehicle. BBQ available and fire pits permitted.

The Hideaway

Vintage caravan Sleeps 4 7 Available
A beautiful caravan set in the Shropshire Hills. Perfect for quiet weekends away or a base for new adventures.

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Location

Contact The Old School Campsite, Shelve, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 0JQ

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Getting There

From the A5 take the A488 towards Bishop’s Castle. Stay on the A488 and go through Pontesbury, Minsterley and Hope. Stay on the main road and you will pass an ‘Old School’ brown sign. Stay on the A488 for another 1½ miles and the campsite is on the left-hand side (opposite the fishery) with a grey flag at the driveway.

The nearest railway station is at Shrewsbury. The limited 553 bus service runs from Shrewsbury to Bishop’s Castle with a bus stop just outside the campsite.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews

★★★★★

Gorgeous site, friendly owners and superb activities

Gorgeous small campsite which is ideal for families, individuals or groups of friends. Good sized pitches and great facilities, especially with the introduction of eco toilets and showers. I've stayed in the bell tents (everything you need, beautifully set up & with the lovely additions of a fire pit and picnic bench) as well as camping "properly". Facilities are great with either option. The owners, Rach and Stu, are incredibly friendly and helpful, providing extras such as maps of the local area and a book swap for those rainy days. The campsite shop stocks a good range of essentials, plus loads of extras you might not realise you need (handmade hats!), and the option to buy freshly baked cakes, pastries and bread is a great addition. Particularly love the focus on eco solutions, from recycling and eco showers / loos, to paper bags in the shop. Would recommend taking advantage of the activities offered by Creative Outdoors, based on the site and offering everything from climbing and paddlesports to jewellery making and engraving. Excellent instruction in all of these by Rach, Stu and their team of skilled instructors, providing a fun addition to your holiday. A small site, packed with activities and facilities to provide an awesome holiday experience. Highly recommended & I will definitely be returning.
Jul 30, 2019 by Michelle Pope
★★★★★

Excellent overnight stay

We booked three bell tents for 6 couples for my husband’s 30th birthday celebrations with friends - we wanted a relaxed and cost effective location close to beautiful scenery and good walks, which was exactly what we got! Each tent was really well equipped with crockery, cooking utensils, tea and coffee etc, and we all had an excellent time. Thank you!
Jun 10, 2019 by Katie Matthews-Male

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
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  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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