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Lydbury North parish is set in the  South Shropshire Hills, a few miles from the market town of Bishop's Castle. The nearest large towns are Shrewsbury and Ludlow.

Places to Visit

Bishop's Castle

A hilly market town, with a wide variety of shops lining the high street, from ironmongers to art galleries. There has been a livestock market in Bishop's Castle for over 800 years. It has a library, museum and a leisure centre. There are two small breweries in the town, attached to public houses, The Six Bells and The Three Tuns.
Bishop's Castle holds a carnival in July and a Michaelmas Fair in September.
For more information contact the Tourist Information Point 01588 638467 or click on this link Bishop's Castle


View towards the Market Hall in Bishop's Castle

Bury Ditches

One of the best preserved Iron Age hill fort's in the country, Bury Ditches has different graded walks, a nature trail and superb panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Leaving Lydbury North on the B4385 towards Bishop's Castle, turn left towards Brockton And Lower Down. 
Continue past the hamlet of Lower Down. On the brow of the hill is a car park and information point, and a picnic area.


Long Mynd

The most southerly moorland heath of its kind in the country, spectacular walking with breathtaking views.  National Trust, with open access. The southern end of the Long Mynd is within the Lydbury North parish. 

A southerly view of Long Mynd


Ludlow is an historically important site with over 500 listed buildings, the original medieval street pattern can still be seen. The 900 year old castle dominates the town overlooking the market square. Ludlow also has a number of restaurants and old pubs. There is a museum and library. Ludlow market is held on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. There also regular monthly Sunday Antiques and Flea Markets. For more information contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01584 875053 or
click on this link Ludlow

Ludlow Castle

Mitchell's Fold

A few miles from Bishop's Castle, off the A488 is the English Heritage site of Mitchell's Fold. This is an ancient stone circle from the Bronze Age, in wild moorland with magnificent views of the Shropshire Hills and Wales.



Spectacular six mile long stretch of rocky outcrops. The dramatic landscape has inspired many local myths and legends. Much of the Stiperstones is a National Nature Reserve. From Bishop's Castle take the A488 road to Shrewsbury.

Walcot Stables

Riding lessons for all levels, for individuals or small groups. 
Manager: Stuart Murray BHSAI.
Treks around Walcot Estate.
 Ring 01588 680514 or see Website 

Places to Stay

Powis Arms
Lydbury North
Gerry and Sandra McLaren
01588 680 254
Bed & Breakfast in this traditional coaching house.
1 family and 3 double en-suite rooms with baths and showers, all recently decorated and refurbished in keeping with the age of the inn. All the rooms have wrought iron beds, colour TV and tea and coffee making facilities. 
B&B up to 35. No smoking in rooms and no dogs. Evening meals in the restaurant (winter opening Thurs - Sun inc.) or the bars with traditional English food locally sourced where possible. No hot food on Mondays.

Walcot Farm
Lydbury North,  SY7 8AA
01588 680 243
Walcot is a working farm set in parkland in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Fishing available and ideal for bird watching and walking. 4 double en-suite & 1 ground floor double en-suite for disabled. Tea and coffee making facilities. Guest lounge and dining room. 
B & B from 35 - (30 for 3 nights or more). Evening meal, by prior arrangement. No smoking.
Not inspected

Lydbury North,
SY7 8AD 
Anne Evans
01588 680 244

Brunslow is a Georgian style farmhouse with lovely views of the surrounding countryside and a large garden. It has full central heating. 
2 family and 1 double, all en-suite, tea and coffee making facilities. Guests have the use of an oak panelled TV room. 
B & B from 27.50
VB 3 Diamonds. Pets by arrangement. Closed Christmas.


Lydbury North,

01588 680 435


Staddlestones is a detached stone house situated in the centre of Lydbury North, built in 1995. It is located within walking distance to the local pub, the village shop and is close to Walcot Hall.

1 double and 1 twin room.  They are comfortable, fully appointed, modern rooms with tea & coffee making facilities.
Each room is 35 per person, per night. * For stays of 2 or more nights, the rooms are available at the reduced rate of 30 per person, per night*.
The price includes a full English breakfast made with fresh local produce this breakfast can be tailored to suit any dietary needs on request.
No smoking is allowed on the premises and pets are not permitted.

Holiday Cottage

Spacious, first-floor studio apartment set in beautiful gardens with stunning views over the surrounding hills, just under 2 miles from Bishop's Castle and 1 mile from Lydbury North.
Ideal for cyclists, walkers and car tourists, the apartment is in a chalet-style building in the grounds of the owners' home, on a quiet country lane, on national cycle route 44. 
It has its own garden seating area, parking and secure bicycle storage if required.
Furnished and decorated to a high standard with modern, fully equipped kitchen area, lounge area, 2 single beds (plus double bed settee), and separate shower room. 
300 per week, 50 per night for short breaks, 60 for a single night, includes all power, heat, towels and bed linen.
Not inspected.
Contact: John Kearins,  Address: I Oakeley Mynd, Stank Lane, Bishops Castle, SY9 5EX.

Tel 01588 630349; e mail

The Forge

Self catering accommodation in Lydbury North village. The accommodation is cosy and comfortable throughout. You can really relax at this charming home from home. There is a lovely lounge with exposed wooden beams, comfy sofas (one of which is a double sofa bed), TV, DVD, which is Wi-Fi connected, and a warming wood burning stove.  The kitchen is well equipped and complete with a dining area. There is also a family bathroom.  The main bedroom features a king size bed with en-suite loo. There is a Z bed in the back room which is a suitable for a child. Therefore the Forge can accommodate up to 5 persons. Price is 400 in low season and 500 in high season. Short breaks are negotiable, contact the owner for more details. Not inspected.
Contact: Shirley Kidd, The Old Blacksmith,  Lydbury North, SY7 8AU
 01588 680511

Walcot Hall

8 spacious apartments sleeping 2-50 guests in the historic
home of Lord Clive of India. Walcot Hall is set in splendid 
surroundings overlooking lakes to the front and an arboretum
to the rear, within walking distance of Lydbury North 
For further information phone  01588 680 570

Walcot Hall Caravan Park

Behind The Powis Arms, Lydbury North.
12 Hook-ups, large modern heated amenity block with showers,
toilets, washing machines, dryers and chemical disposal point. 
Disabled facilities, pets allowed.
Open March to October. For further details see Walcot Hall website (above)

Youth Hostels
The nearest youth hostel is in the small town of Clun
For more information see 
YHA Website

Nearby Eating Places
The Three Tuns

Historic pub and brewery situated at the top of the hill in Bishop's Castle, it serves lunches and evening meals made from locally sourced ingredients.

website: The Three Tuns

The Six Bells inn and Brewery

A classic old fashioned pub by  the church in Bishop's Castle, formerly a coaching Inn, that now has its own brewery with strong sales across the region. The pub has wood fires in winter, and offers classic pub food and a few modern dishes too that will suit all tastes.

website The Six Bells


The Castle Hotel

An eighteenth century four star inn with good food, panoramic views, fabulous gardens and one of the finest selections of real ales in Shropshire.

website  The Castle Hotel