A lovely old pub in a gorgeous South Shropshire village, with good food and multiple accommodation options.
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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Hosted by Kit ?.Joined in April 2021
26 Ratings · 21 reviews
August 22, 2022
Absolutely stunning scenery, beautiful campsite and pub. Cannot wait to come back.
June 7, 2022
Don’t just sit there …
Easy to stay and go and explore the area.
Just a place to pitch and sleep.
Great friendly pub to come home to
April 25, 2022
Staff at the pub were absolutely lovely! Food at the pub was delish and we ended up eating there most nights. It was quite busy while we were there so would recommend booking ahead for breakfast or peak times.
Stayed in April so campsite was quite windy and chilly but pub area was very well sheltered from the elements.
Otherwise nice pitches with a tap and electric hookup on each pitch, but ground was a bit rocky so bring a mallet! Would def stay here again but maybe in the warmer months.
September 28, 2021
The location was great, for walking and cycling. Next to a good pub and with a lovely little community shop down the road. All very peaceful and relaxed. Good flat pitches.
September 19, 2021
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.
September 14, 2021
Grass Pitch with an optional EHU
Second visit here & its lovely, perhaps my favourite campsite. I love the location, the countryside, the pitches & the pub
From the host
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!
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.
Just a stone’s throw from Ludlow and its famous food festival and surrounded by some of the country's 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.
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 and 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.