The Coates Farm is a small, quiet, relaxed, no-frills campsite situated in the lower part of a field close to the farmstead and next to a tree-lined brook. There is a cold water tap, recycling bins, some moveable picnic benches, fire bowls and plenty of open grass on which to pitch your tent or park your caravan.
This is a back to basics small campsite site in the beautiful Long Mynd hills near Church Stretton in Shropshire.
It’s a quiet site, with basic facilities, that only really takes a few tents.
The facilities are in an outhouse up at the farmhouse. This consists of a toilet, sink, and a (free) shower. If you want wash-up, you can go through a door in the farmhouse.
They also provide a few tennis rackets, balls, and plastic boules set that you can borrow.
We’ve had a few great camps at this campsite. You can catch an impressive sunset over the Long Mynd.
The Shropshire Hills are a great place for walkers.
- You can walk on both busy trails and find areas that are remote without seeing a sole. The Wenlock Edge is right by the campsite.
- There are old mining areas that have been reclaimed by nature which are great to discover (visit the Shropshire Mine Trust at Snailbeach – you can even get guided into one of the tunnels at some weekends throughout the year).
- Remote farm buildings often forgotten (on a remote track on the Stipperstones hill there are some restored cottages – open once a month).
- Different geology (Stipperstones is very different from the tall Caer Caradoc). Rocky outcrop and stoney underfoot, to rolling hills with heather (full purple glory, through green, to golden browns, depending on the time of year), to the steep ascent of Caer Caradoc, to some of the wooded hills (both coniferous and deciduous).
- Steeped in history. Bronze age tracks and settlements, iron age hill forts, Roman roads and mining, medieval villages, through to victorian spa town.
- Lot’s of pubs and cafes that welcome walkers.
- The old mine workings at Stipperstones are interesting – check out the Shropshire Mines Trust web site for open days. You can be escorted down various level tunnels in the area (hard hats and lights are provided – best wear wellies).
- The National Trust visitors area at Cardingmill Valley. Park the car, get ice cream, and let the kids play in the stream. Carry on up the valley there are some larger pools. Small nets are great at this location.
- For younger kids, Mickey Millers in Craven Arms is always a good visit.
- Whilst in Craven Arms visit the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and see the woolly Mammoths. They also have leaflets on other activities in the area.
What about campfires?
Campfires are allowed, and a couple of fire pits are provided.
A campfire bundle is available to buy from the campsite.
See our article on cooking outside for ideas on campfire cooking.
The Coates Farm Cottage
If you don’t fancy camping, the Coates Farm also has a cottage, with a wood burner and views over Wenlock Edge.
There are no set pitches, so large tents aren’t normally a problem.
There is a free shower available.
Campfires are allowed. A couple of fire pits are available, and kindling/wood can normally be purchased.
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