Panpwnton Campsite is a family-run farm and campsite that opened to the public way back in 1963. Located a 10-minute walk just outside the market town of Knighton, the campsite is in a prime location with the famous Offa’s Dyke footpath, the Heart Of Wales Trainline and the River Teme passing through the farmland.
Set against a backdrop of beautiful Mid Wales countryside and the Shropshire Hills across the border, Panpwnton is the perfect escape for a staycation, with plenty of local attractions nearby. A hidden gem along the Wales and England border, it is the perfect destination for those who like to walk, cycle or just take in the peaceful countryside.
When is the best time to visit Panpwnton Campsite?
Panpwnton Campsite is opening a little earlier than normal this year on Monday 25th of March ready for the Easter weekend. The campsite will close again to the public on the 31st of October as it does every year.
All of the available dates for staying at Panpwnton Campsite in 2024 are now available to be booked online. Typically, all bank holidays are the busiest dates of the year, as people enjoy a short countryside break over the long weekend, so it is advised to book early to avoid disappointment.
If you are looking for a more relaxed and tranquil stay at Panpwnton then mid-week or weekends during the school term are usually the best times to book.
For an experience of being closer to nature, the working farm on the campsite sees a population increase from April onwards as the flock of 300 ewes begin to give birth to their lambs. This provides an extra bit of natural magic as you can watch the lambs skip around the fields as you wake up on the Spring and Summer mornings at the campsite.
To add to the farm animals, throughout the season, the beautiful countryside surrounding the campsite has an array of special features, including the regular’s favourite, the hooting owls in the oak woods.
However, our favourite feature of staying at Panpwnton is the stargazing on a clear night. Hidden away from light pollution, the campsite is the perfect spot to sit or lie back and take in the beauty of the night sky.
What types of accommodation are available at Panpwnton Campsite?
Continuously expanding and modernising your experience of camping in Mid Wales, Panpwnton now offers more than just camping pitches with the new glamping style bell tents and backpackers’ barn. Below is a list of the different accommodation options available at Panpwnton to make your stay special:
If it’s not broken, then don’t fix it. That is why the camping pitches at Panpwnton have been a family-favourite campsite in Mid Wales for over 60 years.
All grass pitches are non-electric and are suitable for tents, campervans and caravans to stay with us.
As Panpwnton is blessed to be surrounded by countryside, in addition to ther main campsite they also have a selection of overflow fields. This means that they have no exact upper capacity, so there should always be space for anyone to visit and pitch up.
The Grass Camping Pitches at Panpwnton Campsite have no minimum stay requirement, and full access to all of the ‘Shared Facilities’ outlined below.
Want a bit more of a luxury camping or glamping experience? Or simply want to leave the tent, caravan or camper at home? Then choose to wake up to the sound of nature in your very own private Luxury Canvas Bell Tent.
Enjoy the comfort of a king-size bed and fresh linen, which is perfect for a romantic getaway or simply to enjoy the Welsh countryside with a little more glamour. The Bell Tents also come on a private plot that includes its own firepit so that you can roast marshmallows on the fire whilst star-gazing at night.
Still a campsite experience, there is no electricity in the tents and towels are not provided. Guests are expected to bring their own cooking utensils and any other equipment they would typically take camping. There is full access to the ‘Shared Facilities’ outlined below.
Available throughout the season, there is a minimum 2-night stay at £50 per night for 2 people and this can be booked by filling in the contact form on the Bell Tent and Barn Stays page.
The latest addition, the Backpackers Barn is exactly what it says on the tin. The perfect choice for sheltering from the weather or if you are going to arrive late or in darkness and don’t want the hassle of pitching up your tent.
Situated in a characterful old barn where the current family’s Grandfather used to rear pigs (it has had multiple deep cleans I promise) the barn has a stunning outlook over the River Teme.
The Backpackers Barn is available for £15 per person per night and has no minimum stay required, with full access to all of the ‘Shared Facilities’ below.
Toilet & Shower Block on Site.
Shared Fridge, Freezer, Kettle & Microwave.
Washing Up Area, Drinking Water & Recycling Points.
Raised Fires & Campfires Permitted with Logs for Sale.
ACTIVITIES AROUND KNIGHTON WHEN STAYING AT PANPWNTON
In the local area around Panpwnton Campsite, there is a wide range of activities and tourist attractions that are definitely worth a visit.
You can learn about the local history of the area in the Knighton Museum, a volunteer-run organisation, which invites interactive learning about the town’s evolution, from flannel weaving to agriculture.
Looking further afield, The Spaceguard Centre & Observatory, located just outside of Knighton, offers guided tours and a 360-degree horizon view for space enthusiasts.
For hikers, the Offa’s Dyke Association Visitor Centre in Knighton provides comprehensive information about the scenic 177-mile Offa’s Dyke Path, complete with a museum and themed gift shop. You can also hike to and across architectural marvels like the Knucklas Viaduct, towering above the countryside with its 13 arches and offering a spectacular sight for walkers and train travellers.
In addition, the Heart of Wales Train Line connects Shrewsbury to Swansea, offering a unique travel journey across stunning landscapes and historical landmarks, ideal for walkers, cyclists, and day-trippers.
Finally, and for those seeking a stress-free trip that includes guided exploration, TriCounty Tours provides bespoke day trips across Mid Wales, Herefordshire, and Shropshire in their comfortable minibus.
Walking and Cycling Around Panpwnton Campsite
Although touched upon above, one of the main draws that brings people from all over to camp in Mid Wales at Panpwnton is the array of walking, cycling and horse riding trails that travel through or by the campsite. Below we have put together a quick guide to each trail, its difficulty level and how we think it is best to travel.
Offa’s Dyke Path – 177 Miles – Established 1971 – Best for Walking
This renowned 177-mile trail follows the 8th-century Offa’s Dyke, offering stunning views and scenery. It passes through Panpwnton Campsite, making it a regular stop for walkers, and Knighton, home to the Offa’s Dyke Association Visitor Centre.
Glyndŵr’s Way Trail – 135 Miles – Established 2002 – Best for Walking
Starting in Knighton, this 135-mile trail named after Welsh prince Owain Glyndŵr, traverses diverse terrains including Radnorshire Hills and Clywedog Reservoir, offering breathtaking views over Cadair Idris and Cambrian Mountains. Panpwnton Campsite often hosts campers at the start or end of this scenic trail.
Heart of Wales Trail – 141 Miles – Established 2009 – Best for Walking & Trains
A unique 141-mile route combining walking and train travel, starting in Shrewsbury and ending in Swansea, linking various famous walking routes. The trail features beautiful viaducts and tunnels, including the Sugar Loaf tunnel.
Trans Cambrian Way – 106 Miles – Established 2009 – Best for Biking
A challenging 106-mile mountain biking route through mid-Wales and the Cambrian Mountains, starting in Knighton. Panpwnton Campsite is a popular starting point for bikers embarking on this route.
Jack Mytton Way – 73 Miles – Established 1993 – Best for Hiking, Horse Riding & Cycling
A 73-mile path named after a former Shropshire MP, suitable for hiking, horse riding, and cycling. It winds through mid and south Shropshire, connecting towns like Cleobury Mortimer, Church Stretton, and Bridgnorth.
Stay At Panpwnton Campsite in 2024
A great place to escape with friends or family, without breaking the bank, or a long car journey. You can Book Your Stay at Panpwnton Campsite Online today and discover the beauty, tranquility, and adventure that await you in this picturesque part of the UK.
Remember, spaces around bank holidays fill up quickly, especially during peak seasons, so secure your spot now for a memorable camping experience in Mid Wales!