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 17 reviews

★★★★☆

Unpretentious site in a great setting

Small and friendly site. Good for dogs and children. All pitches flat. Beautiful views of rolling Shropshire countryside and good walking and cycling from the gate. Toilets clean and spacious, but imagine showers would be a bit draughty in cooler weather. The pub is great with good selection of local ales and hearty meals for campers. Useful local shop 5 min walk away.
Sep 19, 2021 by Andrew Fry Verified Review
★★★★★

Great, peaceful, pretty site

Second visit here & its lovely, perhaps my favourite campsite. I love the location, the countryside, the pitches & the pub
Sep 14, 2021 by Jane Mullany Verified Review
★★★★★

Friendly and very clean

Location was excellent central to so much. Good facilities and views around.
★★★☆☆

Great campsite, a great shame about the hornets nest

We really enjoyed staying here, facilities were good, you didn’t have to queue to use the loo (ladies I know this can be a bugbear for us). Service at the pub was excellent, very polite and helpful staff and the food was okay. The pitches were fine and the other campers very friendly, lots of dog owners in this very dog friendly site. I would have given this a four star other than the active hornets nest in one of the trees, resulting in hornets getting in to tents and camper vans at night when they are drawn to the light. I would recommend that the owner resolve this issue as soon as possible to avoid upset to people and dogs alike. We would happily stay here again and recommend this site to out friends if this issue can be resolved. Many thanks Em & Gav
Aug 28, 2021 by Emily Plant Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful, tranquil spot

The Powis Arms campsite is an intimate spot, perfect for all. We really enjoyed our stay and the facilities, the shower blocks and toilets were nice and clean, spacious and has a kitchen sink for dishes. The pub itself is gorgeous, we thoroughly enjoyed the pool table and dart board with a great selection of drinks, not expensive either! It seems like everyone in Shropshire is so friendly, every time we went for a walk or exploring the nearby towns, we had lovely chats with lots of different people. Bishops Castle the nearby town is well worth a visit, the amount of local art on display in the town really gives you a sense of strong community spirit and care. Waking up to a stunning view of the sunrise over the Shropshire hills was wonderful, we will be back! 💕
Aug 27, 2021 by Amy Marshall Verified Review
★★★★☆

Pretty little site

Nice small picturesque site with well spaced pitches. Facilities were clean and very close, as was the pub. Some noise at nights as cars were leaving the nearby hall, but nothing to write home about. Had the takeaway breakfast in the morning- really good, but a bit pricey. Great views and close to lots of local attractions and places to walk. A chemical waste disposal point would be a great addition. Thanks
Aug 16, 2021 by jo green Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely Shropshire break

Lovely little campsite, ideal for long mynd adventures. The size is perfect for young children and the swing a great bonus. Showers and toilets clean and spacious. The pub is missing a great business opportunity by its reluctance to serve breakfast to the campers (this might have been a one off) We had a fabulous few days.
Aug 13, 2021 by Emma Bull Verified Review
★★★★★

Fantastic Break

We loved every minute of our stay the staff in the pub were very friendly and the facilities were very good .we stayed 3 nights on pitch 10 and also had friends next to us and in the pub rooms ,the site is spacious and in the same has a very cosy feel to it we couldn't fault it what so ever. We stayed 05th August 21
Aug 10, 2021 by David Steele Verified Review
★★★★☆

Idyllic setting, super clean facilities, great pub slightly spoilt by rude and noisy locals and fellow campers.

Positives - great setting with idyllic views across the fields, very very clean facilities, loads of hot water on demand, no litter, great pub with lovely food, lots of indoor and and outdoor seating. Overall friendly service and good value for money. Negatives - very noisy late at night on both nights of our stay that woke me, my wife and two young children up, locals driving onto the site at 1am to pick people up from the pub concerned us and inconsiderate campers opposite our pitch were themselves noisy and rude about our dogs which put us on edge straight away. Timers on showers need fixing as they don’t stay on long enough, sorry. We loved our stay, but would think twice about returning because of the late night noise. I would suggest that the site gate be locked or have some sort of access control for users of the site only so as to stop cars driving onto the site after 10pm and that the pub management get on top of the noise from locals.
Aug 7, 2021 by Pitch 5 Camper
★★★★☆

Idyllic

We had 6 nights on pitch 12. Overall we loved our stay. The site is small and friendly. Facilities good. The position is beautiful. Having the pub next door was great, and the staff were great. We had read a review (prior to arriving) complaining about locals visiting the pub, parking in the campsite, late night noise etc, so we had some reservations, especially as pitch 12 is the closest to the pub. Our experience was slightly mixed. Yes, there was some noise, on one night, yes, a few cars came through the field and one or two used it as an overflow car park, but it never really became an issue. It was great to have a pub on our doorstep that served good food. My only concern was that additional cars driving through the site to visit the pub isn’t a good mix with the dogs and children on the campsite. To be fair, dogs are asked to be on a lead at all times, and the pub is doing its best to limit cars driving through. When we stayed here the balance was fine. I hope the Powis Arms management keep on top of this. Overall, we would recommend this site, and have plans to return.
★★★★★

AMAZING

Such a lovely little treasure of a campsite!! In the most picturesque place, we had a double booking with family and had such the best time this weekend. Thankyou so much for having us, we will be back next year!
Jul 18, 2021 by Sarah Jones
★★★★★

Great site, idyllic location.

We had the pleasure of two nights on a camping pitch. Situated within the grounds of the Powis Arms it was lovely to have the pub so close. The staff are v friendly and v helpful, the facilities clean and the actual location, with its proximity to Bishops Castle (2 miles) and picturesque Walcott Hall (quite literally on the doorstep) meant easy dog walks and great local sightseeing. Highly recommended. Thank you.
★★★☆☆

Lovely place and pub but a shame about some of the locals.

The surrounding area was beautiful and the Powis Arms served great food. But (and this is a big but), do not have pitch 12 as people going to the pub feel that it is acceptable to use this pitch as an overflow carpark and then are incredibly aggressive when management ask them to move. Frankly I am surprised it is permitted for cars leaving the pub to exit via the campsite, some at considerable speed. It is an accident waiting to happen. However the other 11 pitches are fine and the campsite offered good value for money.
★★★★☆

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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