Summit the Shropshire Hills and camp in the woods on a camping adventure near Ludlow.
Set amid the rolling hills of Shropshire, the area around Ludlow offers a peaceful retreat for hiking, cycling, and wildlife watching. Just over an hour drive from Birmingham, Ludlow offers a charming escape from the big city. Admire longhaired fallow deer and nuthatches on trails through Mortimer Forest, or go horseback riding along bridle paths in Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for sweeping views of the moors. Sleep overnight in the meadows of Malvern Hills AONB while farm camping, or enjoy comforts like soft beds and kitchenettes in a tiny home or glamping pod closer to Ludlow.
Over 50 hills in Shropshire Hills AONB are accessible by public rights of way, making it easy to enjoy new adventures on every trip. Walk and cycle the extensive paths, go horseback riding on the moors, or canoe in River Severn to see the park by waterway. Camping and caravanning are welcome at designated sites in the park, and shuttle buses run from May to October for convenient access.
With 1,000 hectares of green woodland, Mortimer Forest provides a peaceful home for warblers, nuthatches, butterflies, and fallow deer. Stroll forest paths and admire wildlife, then stop for lunch in one of the park’s picnic facilities. Designated camping pitches offer spots for overnight stays in the park, with options for rustic tent camping, tiny home rentals, and glamping tents under trees.
Summit 425 metres to the peak of Worcestershire Beacon, where hikers can see as far as Wales on a clear day. Walk and cycle past an array of historic sites, including the Holy Well—one of the world’s oldest spring-water bottling plants, as well as castles and ancient boundaries established by King Charles I. Find tent pitches on farms in the AONB, as well as private field and meadow camping spots for caravans, tents, and even glamping accommodations.
Ludlow is warmest from June to August, when the area is popular for camping, hiking, and canoeing. Temperatures reach highs of 22°C in summer. Competition for camping pitches declines slightly in spring and fall; however many camping spots remain open year-round. Campers visiting West Midlands in winter can find temperatures averaging around 7°C as well as rain and light snow showers.