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October Camping at Bishop's Castle

Posted by Gav Grayston.
First Published Oct 2020; updated Jun 2023.

It's getting colder, but not too cold for a bit of camping in this tent.

There's definitely a nip in the air; a change in season. Not the time of year most families go camping. However, with the right gear, you can still get away and make a weekend of it.

Back in September, we went all-electric, and had a great camp, keeping warm with an electric heater.

This time, it was a more traditional camping experience, keeping warm with a wood-burning stove 🙂

Tipi Time

Pitching the tent

Early evenings meant pitching the tent at sunset

For this trip, we headed off to Foxholes Castle Camping in Bishop's Castle, Shropshire. This is a campsite we've visited plenty of times over the years.

It was great to get the Robens Kiowa tent out again. This is a polycotton tent, so it feels like a traditional canvas tent, but with modern fabric, making it lighter. It's also easy to pitch, with just a single pole in the middle, plus some poles around the porch.

The tent is a family favourite. It's full of character and certainly stands out on the campsite.

Pitching in the evening

With the sun setting, we got the tent pitched

Three Tuns Brewery

Bishop's Castle is an ancient town, with lots of old buildings. One of them is the Three Tuns Brewery.

Three Tuns Brewery

Established as a licensed brewery back in 1642, the Three Tuns Brewery is the oldest in Britain.

Of course, the brewery has an attached pub that serves meals, beer (not just their own) and other drinks. And it's just a short walk from the campsite.

So, instead of cooking at the tent, we headed off to the pub. 🙂

Keeping Warm

Tent glowing in the dark

The wood-burning stove in our tent certainly makes it toasty and takes the chill off the October nights.

The stove in the tent

Lighting the stove in the tent

With the rain creating a gentle pitter-patter on the canvas, we all had a great night's sleep, warm in our sleeping bags.

First thing in the morning, I lit the stove, warmed the tent, and made a brew.

In tent with warm drink

First brew of the day

What a glorious morning to wake up to, with the sun shining through the tent. It was a cold wind outside, but nice and cosy inside, and a perfect end to a great weekend camping 🙂

Tent pitched on a hill

What a glorious morning.