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Clun Mill YHA, The Mill, Clun, Craven Arms, Shropshire
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Clun Mill YHA, The Mill, Clun, Craven Arms, ShropshireAs every fan ofAE Housman knows,'Clunton and Clunbury/Clungunford and Clun/Are the quietest places/Under the sun.' It's refreshing to note that, over 100 years after Shropshire's second-best poet (lest we forget, Wilfred Owen was an Oswestry lad) penned his paean to Clun and its hinterland, the village remains a somnolent backwater, apparently inoculated from the rapid pace of 21st-century life. Less than fittingly then, its youth hostel is housed in a former mill that was probably the noisiest thing in the village during Housman's time.

Today, its old cobbled stable houses comfy chairs and rings to the sound of guests telling tales of the footpath and bridleway. Outside, the hostel's petite grassy grounds provide room for tents. There's a pitch-where-you-Iike attitude but, by a happy coincidence, the flattest area also offers the best view: over the fields to a wooded hillside. Meanwhile, the photogenic village shakes off its somnolence with surprising frequency. In May, it hosts both a Green Man and a Booze 'n' Blues festival. August is carnival time and, if you're here in October, you can catch the Clun Valley Beer festival.

COOL FACTOR A laid-back site at a lovely old mill.

WHO'S IN? Tents, groups (no more than 20 people) - yes. Campervans, caravans, dogs (except guide dogs) - no.

ON SITE A maximum of 20 campers allowed, leaving plenty of room. There's a clean wet room with loo and shower, and a drying room. Table tennis table and bike storage in the cart house; board games in the hostel. Excellent kitchen with cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster, and kettle. Unfortunately some electricity lines pass overhead and campfires aren't allowed, but there's a BBQ outside.

OFF SITE The hostel has a folder teeming with local walks accompanied by attractive hand-drawn maps. The Norman castle at Clun is largely ruined, but eerily beautiful.

Clun Mill YHA, The Mill, Clun, Craven Arms, Shropshire


FOOD AND DRINK Clun's White Horse Inn (01588 640305) gives a discount to YHA members and does brekkies.

GETTING THERE Enter Clun on the A488.Turn east along the High Street, then second left down Ford Street. Turn right at the end, then left down Hospital Lane. Site's on the right.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Train to Craven Arms and then the shuttle bus to Clun (April-September).

OPEN April-October.

THE DAMAGE £7 per person, per night; Fri/Sat £8 (plus £1.50 per night for non-YHA members).


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