The Powis Arms Campsite

UK England West Midlands Shropshire Bishop's Castle

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Dog-friendly
  • Walking
A welcoming, well-equipped campsite in the grounds of a Georgian country pub

It's always tough to beat the appeal of a good pub campsite, where frothy pints and a convivial pub atmosphere are just a moment's stroll from your tent. But when that pub is a traditional Georgian coaching inn, yards from a renowned long-distance footpath and at the gateway to a grand country estate with one of the UK's finest arboretums. Well, it's suddenly more than just a pub with a campsite. It's a proper holiday destination in its own right.

Standing beside the front gates of Walcot Hall, former residence to Lord Clive of India, The Powis Arms is a commanding brick-built pub with a well-kept lawn to the rear and, beyond that, a gateway to the welcoming camping site. There are twelve pitches with hook-ups, usually occupied by caravans (as well as tenters who fancy plugging in upmarket cool-boxes and gizmos), and a further handful of electric-free pitches where campers enjoy dappled shade from the surrounding trees. Facilities are in a heated amenity block with showers, toilets and a washing up area, and, as well as the usual access to the pub for pints and hearty meals, you can also pre-order a cooked breakfast.

Right on the main drag through the peaceful Shropshire village of Lydbury North, The Powis is a popular and atmospheric local and "undoubtedly a part of village life", as the Good Beer Guide puts it, with a dog-friendly bar and real ales on tap. For all its local custom, however, the pub finds a good trade in campers and walkers enjoying this area of the Shropshire Hills AONB. The Jack Mytton's Way (linking up with Offa Route Six) runs through the village and it's just a couple of miles through the estate and up to Bury Ditches, once an Iron-Age hillfort. The Long Mynd and the Stiperstone are both within a half-hour drive, too, and a full one-day hike will take you from the campsite, over hills, to the ruins of Clun Castle and back. By the time you've done it all you'll have worked up a good appetite for a meal back at the pub, which is there and waiting, less than 100 yards from your tent.

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Facilities

The campsite has 12 pitches for touring caravans, each with an electrical hook up and additional space for tents. Facilities include a heated amenity block with showers, toilets, washing up area and chemical disposal point. Breakfast can also be pre-booked. Campfires are not permitted.

Suitable For

Everyone! Tents, campervans, caravans, kids, dogs (on leads)...

Nearby

The surrounding Shropshire Hills AONB area is full of heritage sites and picturesque walking routes. Covering around a quarter of the whole of Shropshire it’s easy to get lost here for a whole day and still be left with plenty more to explore. Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd are just over 20 minutes away in the car, with a stream to play in, sheep and ponies to spot and rare birds to watch it’s a great place for an afternoon of adventuring. Stokesay Castle (0370 333 1181) is a 15-minute drive away, built in the 13th century you can explore the gatehouse and great hall inside or climb up to the top of the tower for some of the best views of the Shropshire Hills.

Food & Drink

The campsite is set within the grounds of the Powis Arms pub, so you'll never need to go far for good food or drink. Inside, there's a public bar, a lounge and a decent sized dining room. There are two regular beers on tap – Ludlow Gold and Monty's Sunshine – plus changing cask ales and, while good food is served within, you can also take it back to your tent or campervan if you wish. Elsewhere, try the 17th-century Hundred House Inn (01588 660541) with picturesque views across the Marches or take a brewery tour and visit the tap rooms at Ludlow Brewery (01584 873291; 25 minutes' drive) if you want to sample the goods fresh from the source.

Open

All year.

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The Owner Says

The Powis Arms is a traditional Georgian coaching inn situated in the village of Lydbury North in South Shropshire. Perched at the front gates of Walcot Hall - a grand country estate formerly residence to Lord Clive of India. The Parish family have been at Walcot since 1957 and they have always shared their family home with the outside world – it would be a shame not to with all it has to offer!

Managed by Lucy and Jackie, The Powis Arms is a friendly country pub with four B&B rooms and a well-positioned campsite, with 12 pitches for touring caravans, each with an electrical hook up, plus additional pitches for tents. Our restaurant produces food using the finest ingredients that the county has to offer and our bar is the perfect place to enjoy the best of Shropshire’s local ales.

Just a stone’s throw from Ludlow and its famous food festival and surrounded by some of the countries most glorious hill walking, The Powis Arms is the perfect base for any country adventure.

Taste the best of local food and ales that the county has to offer. Treat your family to a traditional Shropshire Sunday lunch, or meet up with friends to sample our locally sourced seasonal menus over lunch or dinner. If a quiet drink is more your thing, try one of our award-winning local real ales and ciders out on the sun-filled deck. For the ale fanatics, we take part in the yearly Bishop’s Castle beer trail.

Pitches

20 or so grass camping pitches, 12 of them with electric hook-ups. There are also glamping options in the grounds of the Walcot Hall Estate next door.

Pitch One

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 12 Available
Pitch One is a grass camping pitch, suitable for tents, caravans and campers, with an optional electric hook-up.

Pitch A

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 4 Available
Pitch A is a grass camping pitch, suitable for tents only.

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Location

Contact The Powis Arms Campsite, The Powis Arms, Lydbury North, Shropshire SY7 8AU

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Getting There

If you’re coming from the north, turn right off of the A49, taking the third exit onto Clun Road when you come to the roundabout by the Craven Arms. After five miles or so, turn right onto the B4385. Carry on for four miles and then turn right onto Village Hall, continue for a few hundred yards and then you will see The Powis Arms on your right.

There is a train station in Craven Arms. Taxis are available but need to be booked in advance.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★☆

Lovely views, recommended....a tiny but however.

The small campsite is situated in beautiful rolling countryside and has a nice pub just there which is great. The campsite itself is quite limited in space so unless you are in the large overflow field (where we thankfully decided to locate), you are going to hear your neighbours including the noisy ones who were a little drunk and unmindful while we were there. One regret is that they had no facility to recycle. It ALL went into one bin. Come on, really? Can't you manage sorting recycling in this day and age? Camping is supposed to be low impact. Not currently at Powis Arms... Also, the drains in the shower block were smelly and not pleasant. The shower block itself was attractive and would have been a particularly nice feature were it not for the smell. To sum up: Positives: Beautiful location Spacious overflow field, but not main campsite Nice pub Lovely area to explore Negatives: No recycling facility Smelly drains in shower block
★★★★★

Very pleasant site

Stayed over night whilst traveling. Real hidden gem of a site, great size pitches with water and electricity. Lovely shower/toilet/washing up facilities in a quaint building built in the later 1800’s. Lovely village pub with really welcoming owners. All in the grounds to Walcot Hall and surrounded buy the rolling Shropshire hills. Certainly would recommend.
★★★★★

Peace and tranquility and great value

Lovely little campsite behind the village pub. Really good size pitches, all with water tap and optional EHU. Beautiful views over the fields and great setting for a great sunrise view 🌅. Excellent value for money. Price includes shower/toilet block, available 24hours. Thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would definitely recommend.
★★★★☆

A lovely site, very welcoming staff, warm and clean toilets, great pub.

The pitches were well marked out and each had it's own tap and hook up. The toilet block is housed in a lovely building and was warm and very clean. The push button on the shower was a bit of a pain (you have to keep pressing it) but the proper washing up sink inside was a bonus. The Pub was only serving food from the Thursday and finding anywhere else local to eat was a bit of an issue, but the two nights that we ate in the Pub were excellent. Delicious food, lovely staff and a great atmosphere. The only downside was the menu stays the same so we were limited on what we could choose. We were in a tent and found the road (and cars leaving the pub) to be particularly noisy, so maybe not a site for someone looking for complete peace and quiet. We were on site 11 right by the exit so sites 3-9 are probably quieter. The views were stunning, it was particularly well based for exploring the area and good value for money.
May 25, 2021 by Ruth Jewell Verified Review

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