Almost wild camping and rustic glamping in the Shropshire Hills, with campfires and compost loos
Between the wild Welsh mountains and flat middle England are the Shropshire Hills. And in the shadow of one of the most famous heather-clad ridges, The Long Mynd, is a camping and glamping site that’s as ‘in between’ as the location. Hamperley Hideaways bridges the gap between wild camping and traditional campsites. It’s a place where neighbouring tents are so far away that you wouldn’t know they existed and where glamping is as rustic as it gets. It’s wild-ish.
Walkers, hikers and teams of teens on DofE expeditions have been coming to these hills for generations so there’s no shortage of campsites. What sets this one apart is the space. Based on a 100-acre sheep farm, Hamperley Hideaways are individual pitches and glamping units tucked into the corners of fields rather than bundled in one together. It’s the brainchild of Ryan, whose family have farmed here since the fifties. He (or his dad, farmer Chris) won’t be too far away if you need anything but generally you’re left to your own devices.
Before you reach the campsite car park, you pass the farm where you collect wood and water. A little further is where you’ll leave your car, then it’s a short walk to your pitch – the closest are near enough to be family friendly, the furthest about ten minutes away. You’ll find the -ish of this wildish campsite when you get to your pitch. It’s a picnic bench, a ready-dug and stone-circled fire pit and, joy-of-joys for many campers, your own private composting loo. The same facilities are given at the gloriously rustic cabin. Built with reclaimed materials, warmed by a log burner and lit only by lanterns and candles, it looks like it has been part of the farm for decades. In actual fact it’s a couple of years old, which means, despite appearances, it’s properly insulated and cosy.
You can hike or bike straight out on to The Long Mynd from here, avoiding day-tripping walkers who head for the National Trust car park, six miles up the road. If the weather’s warm, though, you might find yourself tempted; as there’s a wild swimming hot spot nearby. It’s just beyond Church Stretton, a lovely market town, that’s got good pubs and shops for supplies. Further afield, there are more towns to explore; historic Ludlow and Shrewsbury aren’t far. But we suspect most campers who come here will want to stay wild. Or, at the very least, wild-ish.
Each pitch has a picnic bench, fire pit and its own composting toilet. The hut is kitted out with a double bed, bed linen, blankets, a small, equipped kitchenette and a log burner in addition to a picnic bench, fire pit and its own composting toilet. It also has USB charging linked to a solar panel. Water is only available from the farm, so campers and glampers need to bring (or buy) water containers to fill. Campfires are allowed and logs are for sale and available to pick up from the campsite lean-to at the farm.
Glampers, campers, campervans, groups – yes. Motorhomes, caravans dogs – no.
The campsite is in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in the shadow of The Long Mynd, one of Shropshire’s most-famous hills. There are footpaths and bridleways across this heathland ridge which stretches seven miles long and three miles wide. The whole area is popular for walking, horseriding and mountain-biking. You can walk straight from your pitch out on to the Long Mynd. Alternatively head six miles to the Carding Mill Valley visitor centre where there’s parking, information and a tea room. You can also swim in the Carding Mill Reservoir. Its on the edge of the market town of Church Stretton, which is worth a visit and a good place to pick up supplies. The market town of Ludlow, with its medieval streets, ruined castle and river bank, is 15 miles south and a popular place to visit. En route you pass the little town of Craven Arms where you might want to stop off to visit the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre (01588 676060) and Stokesay Castle (0370 333 1181), one of the best-preserved fortified medieval manor houses in the UK. Shrewsbury, the attractive county town of Shropshire, is under 20 miles from Hamperley Hideaways.
Food & Drink
The Station Inn at Marshbrook (01694 781208) is under two miles from Hamperley Hideaways. The Ragleth Inn (01694 722711) and The Green Dragon (01694 722925), both in Little Stretton, are a little further but also recommended. Church Stretton has plenty of shops, pubs and cafes and a farmers’ market on Thursdays and Saturdays.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 26 reviews
We have just returned from our second visit to the Woodland pitch. We love this site and the freedom it offers. Our two children love exploring the woodland and with no cars on site to worry about they get to run and play without worry. The pitch itself is in a lovely clearing in the wood and the dappled shade was perfect during the very hot weather. The picnic table is very useful and the firepit we used every night. There is room to put up our two hammocks as well as extra chairs. Lots of birds and wildlife around, we saw and heard the red kites every day as well as being visited by a friendly robin in camp every day. There are no local shops so best to bring all you need with you. Lovely walks direct from the site. The whole site is very peaceful with little noise other than birds and sheep. We are looking forward to visiting again.
Wild camping experience
I stayed in the Woodland Pitch, here I got a whole wood to myself. As close to woodland wild camping as you could get. Fantastic experience. Definitely recommend
Peaceful campsite tucked away amid the sheep
If you like getting away from it all this is perfect. Surrounded by trees and tucked away at the corner of a field, the Explorers pitch is big enough to take two tents and I loved the way it was equipped with not only a fire pit and a picnic bench but also a wooden two-tier stand perfect for cooking on with a camping stove and gas bottle. A fence separates you from the sheep! It was lovely to see the stars and to have a compost loo in the adjacent field, just over a stile. Mind out for the stinging nettles, though!
tranquil woodland camping
A beautiful spot, very peaceful. Great private composting loo on the pitch, nice smooth area for pitching the tent. Fairy lights and bunting were a lovely touch. Friendly owners.
Amazing Explorers Pitch Experience
This is the second time we’ve stayed on this pitch and we absolutely love it. Such a lovely rural location. We will definitely be coming again and again. We love seeing the sheep 🐑 and the sounds of the wilderness can be really relaxing.
Great stay on Explorer Pitch
We had a great stay on the Explorer pitch. The fire pit was lovely, the picnic bench and table were handy. Only downside pitching the tent was a lot of nettles round the edges. The whole place had a secluded feel and we would visit again.
Secluded and peaceful woodland pitch
We managed to arrive, pitch up, stay the night and then leave in the morning without seeing a single other person, which was brilliant for an "almost wild camping" feel. The fire pit was great and the picnic table was useful. The only issue we had was that the pitch for the tent was muddy and damp due to all the rainfall, and it was difficult to pack the tent back up with all the mud. Overall, good campsite with a lovely secluded feel.
Remote and rural camp site
We greatly enjoyed camping on the Woodland pitch. Remote and quiet with lovely scenery all around.
Great for a secluded, peaceful break
Had a really good stay here for the most part. The key things HH offers are what I value most on camping trips - seclusion, privacy, independence, being in nature, and not being rammed in with loads of other people! This place is probably hard to beat for that - you can even 'check-in' to your campsite without having to see a soul, and they just leave you to get on with it. The woodland pitch is a little damp and bumpy, so I would bear that in mind, but I still think it's the best pitch for getting away from it all. I was able to use dry grass cuttings from the fields above the pitch to make a bedding layer to go under the tent which helped with damp and bumps. I'm not sure I could fully recommend HH for those, like me, who want to do their whole trip without a car - it's a bit of a trek to get to from Church Stretton (nearest convenient railway station) while also carrying all your camping gear, and it does take quite a while to walk up onto the actual hills straight from the campsite. Having said that, I did of course manage to get onto the hills, and probably could find better routes with more time and experience of the area. If you are bringing a car though, you'll be fine.
Wonderfully hidden in The Hut
Lovely 2 night stay in the hut. Great location to explore The Long Mynd and lovely Shropshire. All the basics you need on site to eat sleep and drink. Plenty of walking can be done starting on the doorstep. Great place to find a peaceful and quiet escape.
The sense of peace and quiet. The rhythm of camp life ending by the fire at night. Walking out every morning to different parts , Ragleth. Long Mynd , Caradoc. I walked past the camp site in Little Stretton and it was packed. I was very happy to be in my little field with the tree above surrounded by sheep.
Best quasi wild camping site I have ever been to
Love the space each site has, fire and light touch. Wonderful experience.
Friendly, private, rustic.
Lovely owners, private pitches, great views. Absolute bargain. We’ll be back
From start to finish, the stay at Hamperley Hideaways was an absolute pleasure. The pitches, completely separated from each other (each equipped with table and fire pit 👍👍which is fab) will allow you to have a one off experience. Spectacular views, super friendly host, fantastic facilities which also include compost toilets nearby make it a worthwhile place to visit and revisit! Most definitely recommended!
We had a reunion of friends and couple of kids after all the COVID separation, in 2 campervans and 2 tents. Ryan was so helpful and communicative all the way through the booking. It is a private and beautiful site, with great walks from the tents. We barbequed, played rounders, sat by the fire and had a brilliant relaxing time
Amazing views, total tranquility....
We absolutely loved our stay in the Campervan pitch . It far exceeded our expectations. We couldn't believe the views and the space! We arrived and set up by the picnic table and sat and looked at the Long Mynd in the glorious sunshine. What a treat to be able to effectively camp in total isolation but with a portaloo at the edge of the field! Take everything you need ( including loads of water) , then you can cook, relax, have a fire, look at the stars, watch the sheep without moving! All with amazing views of the Long Mynd. Had a great chat with Chris who told us a great walk up the Long Mynd ( so much quieter than leaving from Church Stretton). Loved it so much we are coming back next weekend. "Wild" camping at its best. New favourite campsite....
We had the family pitch two grandkids absolutely loved it. Hunting for bears in the woods and toasting marshmallows on the fire. We’ll be back
Real camping - quiet with amazing views
We stayed at the Explorers pitch for 3 nights - family of 5 - plenty of space for 2 tents in the dedicated area which had picnic table fire pit and wooden cooking frame - worked really well. We were v lucky it was dry so could bring car close by - if wet wouldn’t be able to drive across field but there’s a wheelbarrow at least to help! Ryan was incredibly helpful - responded to messages really fast and his dad came by each morning for a chat which was lovely - He passed by while checking on his sheep. Camping spot is fenced off from the sheep in a sheltered wooded area - v cosy spot - in with the birds- lovely to hear them at dusk / dawn and the sheep settle down at night. The quietest most real/ back to nature spot we have found yet. Perfect for us as we love being away from it all. But bring some water as it is a bit of a trek to fill up (there is a tap at the farm but would be a long walk - we drove). Thanks so much to Ryan and his dad for an amazing stay
Looking forward to coming again
There is a joy to camping, to listening to nature whether its the wind, rain or birds singing. I am pleased I have found this campsite that allows for quiet camping spots distanced from other people. My neighbours here were the sheep and trees. I am looking forward to coming again and staying for more nights.
Great location for a peaceful but adventurous weekend!
Unfortunately the weather had been extremely wet so Ryan swapped us to a different pitch nearer the entrance, this pitch was even better as it was closer to the road for heading out in the day. Really impressed with how much there was to explore around the farm land and great walks that you can set out from straight from the camping pitch. Having a picnic bench, a fire pit and a composting toilet make the stay surprisingly comfortable, there are even fire lighters, charcoal and kindling available if needed. The general location is amazing, close to Little Stretton - we highly recommend the Ragleth Inn - excellent Pie and chips! And close to Church Stretton for easy to navigate walks. Only downside was that it was slightly confusing as to how to get to out original pitch from the instructions on the website, our pitch was also close to the working farm area which meant there were some loud animal noises through the night at times. Overall a brilliant time and we will definitely be back!
What a stunning site and what more could you wish for than a whole field with beautiful view and only the sheep and their young lambs for company. The location was idyllic, calmness all around and great local walks and facilities. The hut was lovely - everything we hoped for. Will definitely be heading back here. Didn’t want to come home.
My partner and I can’t rate this place highly enough. From Ryan and his dad Chris, to the incredible wildlife, rural location and village of Church Stratton it really was incredible. The hut has everything you need and the log burner keeps it super cosy! The compost loo was also surprisingly good and an experience for sure - you don’t get views like that from an average loo! We met Dave who keeps bees near the hut, it was great chatting to him and to learn about how honey is made from someone who is so passionate. The Green Dragon is a lovely pub for a roast and the fish and chips from Church Stratton were fab. There’s a main pub on the corner near the fish and chip shop but walk a bit further up and there’s a pub with a large hidden ‘sun drenched’ beer garden with great food. This is the English countryside at its best! If you want a great glamping weekend this is it. Tips, bring a frying pan and a plastic lidded box - we stored all of our food under the hut and it kept perfectly. We’ve also planned another trip and will bring a plastic stacker box as a wardrobe type thing to keep things tidy / we made do with bit shopping bags but felt the plastic stacker would be great to transport everything we needed and would keep us organised too whilst there. A wooden spoon was the only thing we didn’t have but made use of the metal cooking spoon. We hiked up the Shropshire hills and saw a red hike in its glory. We also saw about 5 shooting stars during our stay, such a fantastic experience. This is a trip for the soul. Truly off the beaten track and you’ll not find better. We also took a baby bath to bathe, oh, no washing up bowl so bring your own but we made use of the bath for this too. Have fun! Jo and Johnny
This place is an absolute gem. Me and my partner absolutely loved it. Our woodland pitch was nice and secluded and it is great that you get your own picnic bench and compost loo and especially the fire pit. We really enjoyed sitting around the fire pit. It was so peaceful. Church stretton is a lovely town to visit with nice shops and pubs. I think we might be back again..... I hope so ;-)
Excellent - quiet, private, beautiful
Stayed here for two nights, it's a beautiful location just at the foot of the long mynd. We stayed in the family camping spot and the whole experience was great, barely saw anyone else the entire time we were there but not too far to walk for water and useful essentials such as kindling, firelighters, string are provided with an honesty box which was very handy. The compost toilet was great, much better than a porta-loo and the picnic bench provided was very useful. Look forward to returning here in the future and if you're looking for a bit of peace and quiet, couldn't recommend enough!
Well organised and relaxed experience
The wild campsite was quiet and easy to find.Had everything we needed - fire pit, bench, compost toilet and water station. We did some lovely walking in the nearby country and some great pubs for food only a 5 min drive away. Would definitely recommend for a relaxing weekend!
Fantastic "Family Wild Camping"
The "Wild Camping" element attracted us to Hamperley Hideaways and didn't disappoint. Having a whole field to ourselves allowed us to peacefully enjoy the views over the rolling hills while the children had the pleasure of being able to roam. The hosts really make you feel at home and helped us get our bearings when we arrived. They have done a good job keeping things simple and yet still comfortable - picnic table, clean compost toilet, fire pit and water - what more do you need? This location might not be for everyone - especially if you want running hot/cold water and access to washing facilities or a shower. The are a few working farms in the area and the occasional car passes by a nearby lane - but otherwise you have a wonderful field and adjacent wood/stream to enjoy. We loved every minute of our stay despite temperatures falling below zero during nights we were there. Having a campfire sure helped! Being able to access spectacular trails right from the campsite is a real plus - we will be back for more cycling, mountain biking and walking on Long Mynd!