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- Peaceful and secluded site with spectacular views
- In a wildlife haven: listen for owls at night
- New amenities block including a shower for disabled guests
Your little bears might not want to leave. Big Bear Lodge is a Shrewsbury site with what the owners reckon just might be among the best views in Shropshire – and it's in a spectacularly secluded countryside location where your young can run around and go spotting badgers, foxes, bats, squirrels and even the resident cuckoo that arrives each May.
A flock of feathered visitors also flit around this calmly quiet site, including red kites, woodpeckers, swifts, buzzards and even some tame robins – we spy photo opps. You'll hear the local owls hooting at night, and if it's a cloud-free evening you can settle down under the skies for a spot of peaceful stargazing: no light pollution or traffic noise here.
The Big Bear facilities include fresh water adjacent to pitches, a new amenities block with three showers including one for disabled guests, heated towel rails, rainfall shower heads and washing-up facilities with hot and cold water. Dogs are welcome on site but must be kept on leads.
Big Bear Lodge is also near where the Vyrnwy and Severn rivers meet so has a wealth of walks very close by – and Shropshire has over 3500 miles' worth of hikes if you want to take things a bit further. We reckon we we'd roar with pleasure...
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The camping area is very nice, the Pod area was noisy.
From the manager...
Thank you for taking the time to review. I am sorry though that you only felt it was worth giving us a 6/10 because of the noise from the other pods. It was unfortunate that the night you stayed the other pods (and we had thought you aswell) got together around the fire pit and made some noise. Gary did go and speak to them and asked them to quieten down. We didn’t worry too much as we believed you were all out there together but as it got late he spoke to them, it is hard as people are here to have fun and we didn’t want to ruin that. The pods did not know each other and it wasn’t a group booking they just met here that night.
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Motorhome service point
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
- Coach stations
Middletown (Powys): Breidden Hotel Coach Stop — 3.4 miles
3.4 miles Nesscliffe (Shrops): Coach Stop — 3.7 miles
3.7 miles Halfway House (Shrops): Coach Stop — 3.7 miles
- Train stations
Welshpool Rail Station — 8.7 miles
8.7 miles Gobowen Rail Station — 10.0 miles
10.0 miles Shrewsbury Rail Station — 10.8 miles
- Ferry ports
Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing — 44.1 miles
Liverpool John Lennon Airport — 41.0 miles
Please note that your satnav will take you to Little Hendre not Hendre Villa. From Little Hendre look further down the lane for a large timber-clad building.
This part of England running into Powys and Wales has been popular for yonks with outdoor and active sorts, who come to canoe or fish its waters, canter around the countryside by horseback or foot, climb or mountain bike its peaks, or tackle less trodden options like clay shooting or paragliding. Golf is available locally too.
If you're more into sightseeing than activity, Powys Castle, Erddig Hall, Chirk Castle and the Hawkstone Follies are all good local options, or you could have a day out in Shrewsbury to stroll through its shuts and over its nine bridges.
And as for those miles and miles of Shropshire – and Powys – walks? Try a wander around Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall just over the Welsh border, among the wildlife and birds of Lake Vyrnwy, up and down the three peaks of the Breidden Hills, and through Nesscliffe Hill Country Park between Oswestry and Shrewsbury – with a pitstop at fifteenth century pub the Old Three Pigeons Inn.
- Powis Castle & Garden (9.6 miles)
- Much Wenlock Priory (21.3 miles)
- Darby Houses (Ironbridge) (22.4 miles)
- Chirk Castle (13.3 miles)
- Attingham Park Estate: Cronkhill (14.2 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.