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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 – sit peacefully and you may just 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, and an amenities block a short walk away 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. Get set to roar with pleasure…
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From the manager...
I am so upset that you felt the need to write such an awful review.
I may have appeared rude because you entered a private gate in to private property when my dogs were out. I was shocked in the times were are in someone would do that. Surely you must know the state we are in and why that is not acceptable.
I spends hours emailing every customer and chasing up when they don’t respond (just as I did with you) explaining everything is contactless and that I won’t see you but I am contactable via email, text or phone. I am not going to put myself or my family at risk.
As for the cat, why would you let a strange cat anywhere near you or your children if you were allergic to them??? At no point did you contact me to say you had trouble.
I think you are angry because I had to chase you to make payment for stuff you had taken from my shop without paying, that is a service I offer and I wasn’t going to not chase you to make payment.
In this day and ages with businesses struggling and maybe not making it through I think you should think twice before writing lies and bad reviews when you were in the wrong. And just so everyone who reads this is aware. I told you to take a bbq and of course you could borrow it, my concern was it wouldn’t have been cleaned or sanitised and thats why I was hesitant, but you wanted it anyway and I said help yourself.
Peaceful site in a lovely area with good walks nearby. …
great well kept site , clear instruction on arrival good communication
Nice and quiet site. Showers and toilets very clean and …
A lovely site and a great stay but some maintenance TLC is needed
Capacity reduced to increase social distancing
Check-in: self check-in (unattended)
Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests
Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided
Meal delivery to unit/pitch/outdoor seated area
We're Good To Go (VisitBritain accreditation)
Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Car parking by site/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Propane/gas cylinders available
Tiny (1-10 sites)
Horseback riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Touring and motorhomes
Gray water hook-up for RVs/trailers
Water hook-up points for tourers
- Coach stations
Middletown (Powys): Breidden Hotel Coach Stop
— 5.5 kilometers
5.5 kilometers Nesscliffe (Shrops): Coach Stop — 5.9 kilometers
5.9 kilometers Halfway House (Shrops): Coach Stop — 6.0 kilometers
- Train stations
Welshpool Rail Station
— 14.0 kilometers
14.0 kilometers Gobowen Rail Station — 16.1 kilometers
16.1 kilometers Shrewsbury Rail Station — 17.4 kilometers
- Ferry ports
Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing
— 70.9 kilometers
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
— 66.1 kilometers
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, Powis 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 (ancient alleyways) 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 (15.4 kilometers)
- Much Wenlock Priory (34.3 kilometers)
- Darby Houses (Ironbridge) (36.1 kilometers)
- Chirk Castle (21.4 kilometers)
- Attingham Park Estate: Cronkhill (22.9 kilometers)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|RV, trailer and tent sites|
|Arrive:||3 p.m. –||7 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
|Arrive:||3 p.m. –||7 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
Big Bear Lodge cancelation policy
No refunds within 12 weeks of arrival date.
Modifications are subject to a £25.00 ($43.63) fee.
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.
Bookings cannot be amended within 21 day(s) of arrival.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancelations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Big Bear Lodge will debit the balance from your card 12 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 12 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.Deposit transferable during COVID-19. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted at the parkCash
Terms and conditionsPark booking terms and conditions
- Does Big Bear Lodge have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Big Bear Lodge dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Big Bear Lodge? 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 … Read more
When can I check in and check out of Big Bear Lodge?
RV, trailer and tent sites Arrive: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m. On-park accommodation Arrive: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m.