Large Grass Tent & Touring Pitch

UK England West Midlands Shropshire Bishop's Castle The Old School Campsite

  • Sleeps 6 (max 6 adults, 5 children)
5m (L) x 10m (W) pitch with 16 amp hook up. Room for 1 vehicle. BBQ available and fire pits permitted.

The Owner Says

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.

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.

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Book with complete confidence at The Old School Campsite with the Cool Camping Coronavirus Booking Guarantee. We guarantee the following clear policy for your booking:

  • A low deposit of 30% to secure your booking
  • Balance not due until 30 days before your holiday, in case of late changes to Coronavirus guidance
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2021 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
  • In the event of a lack of 2021 availability, switch your dates to 2022
  • Due to low deposit and late balance payment, no refunds are offered

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About The Old School Campsite

Suitable For

Campers, glampers, campervans, caravans, motorhomes, dogs are all welcome. We are a small family run site in a quiet rural community so if you are a large group, having a celebration or hen / stag you need to book the site as a sole hire, thank you.


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.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 15 reviews


Lovely, friendly site

A really lovely site in a beautiful pay of the world. It's run by the ever helpful Stuart and Rachel. Our family really enjoyed the opportunity to test out a range of paddle sports with Stuart (other outdoor activities and a wide array of craft courses are also available). The kids loved playing football with their neighbours every evening and we took full advantage of the stone baked pizza and bacon breakfast rolls! I'd definitely recommend

Weekend stay

Cannot recommend enough. Location is fantastic, the site is small enough to not feel crowded but plenty of space for the kids to play. Pizza was fantastic and so were the bacon sandwiches. The hosts are amazing, friendly and so helpful. 5 stars for sure!

Fantastic short break

We stayed in the Ellesmere Bell Tent for three nights with our young dog. The tent was beautifully clean and equipped with everything you need to cook and eat, the electric heater was a welcome addition too as it did get chilly at night. Beds were comfy and the lighting in the tent was by fairy light which gave a lovely ambience. We sampled the wood fired pizzas on Saturday night, which were delicious and also the chocolate crispy tray bake which was to die for! The site was very family friendly and all dogs have to be kept on leads on site. We had a couple of long and beautiful walks direct from the site and even made it to the Miner Arms pub for a cold pint (about 45 minutes walk). Overall a brilliant short break glamping/camping destination which I would have no hestitation in recommending to others.
Jun 7, 2021 by Laura Pell Verified Review

Lovely, well organised campsite.

We had a lovely couple of days at the Old School Campsite. The facilities are very clean. It has everything you could possibly need from a campsite. The owners have adhered to all the Covid rules and communicated these to us effectively via an email before we arrived and with signage on the site. The owners were friendly and accommodating. We were lucky enough to arrive on a Thursday night when they were serving homemade pizzas! We had a lovely walk up to the Stiperstones on the Friday which was accessible directly from the campsite. The only thing I would warn about is that I am with O2 and had no network or internet on site and the WIFI signal was weak (not necessarily a bad thing sometimes). My husband was with EE & had signal. However, a well deserved 5 stars & would definitely like to visit again.

Clean, well organised, covid friendly, good eco credentials

Easy to organise details of out stay online. Carefully thought out for social distancing/ covid. Very quiet. Excellent location for walking on the Long Mynd. The owners have worked hard to make a delightful site.
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The Old School Campsite is located at 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.