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Top Ten Dog Friendly Pubs

By Advice, Dogs, Things to do

1. The Boathouse, Ellesmere


Ellesmere, SY12 0PA


Situated right by the stunning Ellesmere Lake, The Boathouse is a picturesque spot to relax after a walk around the mere. The pub offers a dog-friendly section where you can enjoy a meal or a drink while taking in the beautiful views.

2. The White Hart, Ellesmere


Wharf Road, Ellesmere, SY12 0EJ


A classic pub with a cozy atmosphere, The White Hart welcomes dogs in the bar area. It’s the perfect place to unwind with a pint of local ale and some hearty pub food.

3. The Dog and Bull, Coton


Coton, SY12 0JR (Approx. 3 miles from Ellesmere)


This charming countryside pub lives up to its name by being exceptionally dog-friendly. With spacious outdoor seating and a welcoming indoor area for dogs, it’s a great spot for a meal or a drink.

4. The Sun Inn, Welshampton


Welshampton, SY12 0PH (Approx. 4 miles from Ellesmere)


A traditional village pub with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Dogs are welcome in the bar area, and there’s a lovely garden for them to explore while you enjoy your visit.

5. The Royal Oak, Bangor-on-Dee


High Street, Bangor-on-Dee, Wrexham LL13 0BU (Approx. 11 miles from Ellesmere)


Known for its delicious food and welcoming atmosphere, The Royal Oak allows dogs in the bar and garden areas. It’s a great stop after exploring the scenic surroundings of Bangor-on-Dee.

6. The Hand Hotel, Chirk


Church Street, Chirk, Wrexham LL14 5EY (Approx. 12 miles from Ellesmere)


This historic hotel and pub offers a dog-friendly environment in the bar area. With its characterful setting and great selection of food and drink, it’s a fantastic place to visit with your pet.

7. The Navigation Inn, Maesbury Marsh


Maesbury Marsh, Oswestry, SY10 8JB (Approx. 12 miles from Ellesmere)


Set along the Montgomery Canal, The Navigation Inn is a delightful dog-friendly pub. Dogs are welcome in the bar and outdoor seating areas, making it a perfect stop during a canal-side walk.

8. The Plough Inn, Oswestry


Coed y Go, Oswestry, SY10 9HL (Approx. 14 miles from Ellesmere)


A lovely country pub with a friendly atmosphere. Dogs are welcome in the bar and outdoor seating areas, where you can enjoy a drink and a meal after exploring the local countryside.

9. The Dickin Arms, Loppington


Loppington, Shrewsbury, SY4 5SR (Approx. 6 miles from Ellesmere)


This charming village pub offers a dog-friendly environment in the bar area and garden. Enjoy traditional pub fare and a welcoming atmosphere in this scenic spot.

10. The New Inn, Baschurch


Baschurch, Shrewsbury, SY4 2AY (Approx. 11 miles from Ellesmere)


A popular pub with locals and visitors alike, The New Inn allows dogs in the bar and outdoor seating areas. It’s a great place to relax with your pet after a day of exploring.

Shropshire’s friendly pubs and beautiful landscapes make it a fantastic destination for you and your dog. Enjoy your time in Ellesmere and make the most of these wonderful dog-friendly establishments!

Things to Do with Your Dog in Shropshire

By Advice, Dogs, Places to visit, Things to do

If you’re planning a holiday and don’t want to leave your furry companion behind, our holiday park is the perfect destination. Our own woodland walks are not the only thing you and your dog can look forward to whilst staying with us. Shropshire boasts stunning landscapes, pet-friendly attractions, and welcoming communities, offering endless adventures for you and your dog. Here are some fantastic things you can do together during your stay.

Explore the Shropshire Hills

The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a paradise for hikers and their dogs. With miles of trails winding through rolling hills, woodlands, and picturesque villages, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for long walks and breathtaking views. The Long Mynd, Stiperstones, and Carding Mill Valley are just a few highlights where your dog can roam freely and enjoy the fresh air.

Visit the Severn Valley Country Park 48 miles

Located along the River Severn, the Severn Valley Country Park is a perfect spot for a day out with your dog. With well-maintained paths, scenic views, and plenty of open spaces, your dog will have a blast exploring the park. Don’t forget to bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing break in the beautiful surroundings.

Wander Through Attingham Park 23 miles

Attingham Park, a National Trust property, is a magnificent estate with extensive grounds that welcome dogs on leads. Explore the walled garden, deer park, and woodland trails, all while soaking in the history of this grand estate. The on-site café even offers dog-friendly seating, so you can enjoy a cup of tea while your pup takes a rest.

Discover the Shrewsbury Quarry and Dingle Gardens 19 miles

Shrewsbury is a charming town with a rich history and plenty of dog-friendly spots. The Quarry, a 29-acre park alongside the River Severn, is perfect for a leisurely walk. The Dingle, a stunning floral masterpiece within the Quarry, is a must-see. After your stroll, explore the town’s quaint streets and enjoy a meal at one of the many dog-friendly pubs and cafés.

Relax at a Dog-Friendly Pub

After a day of exploring, why not unwind at one of Shropshire’s many dog-friendly pubs? The King’s Head in Bridgnorth, The Riverside Inn in Cound, and The Huntsman of Little Wenlock are just a few examples where you and your furry friend will receive a warm welcome. Enjoy delicious local food and a well-deserved rest in a cozy setting.

Stay at Our Dog-Friendly Holiday Park

Our holiday park in Shropshire is designed with you and your dog in mind. With spacious, pet-friendly accommodations and plenty of on-site amenities, you’ll have everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Our park also features secure dog walking areas, so you can let your dog off the lead to play safely.

Tips for a Great Stay with Your Dog

  • Pack Essentials: Bring your dog’s favorite bed, toys, and food to help them feel at home.
  • Stay Safe: Always keep your dog on a lead in unfamiliar areas and be mindful of local wildlife.
  • Hydrate: Ensure your dog has access to fresh water, especially during long walks.
  • Clean Up: Be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your dog to keep Shropshire beautiful for everyone.

Shropshire is a wonderful destination for dog lovers, offering a mix of outdoor adventures, historical sites, and friendly communities. We look forward to welcoming you and your canine companion to our holiday park for an unforgettable stay. Book your trip today and start planning your dog-friendly adventures in Shropshire!

A Fun-Filled 4-Day Itinerary for your family this summer in Shropshire

By Advice, Places to visit, Things to do

We look forward to welcoming you this summer. To help you make the most of your holiday with us, we have put together a guide with a variety of activities with all ages. Feel free to spend your time relaxing in your lodge, and around the park but if you want to venture further afield then this guide is for you!

Day 1: Local Exploration

Morning: Local Exploration

  • Fuel up. After waking to bird song in your cosy lodge or treehouse, enjoy a delicious breakfast. Local pastries from Ellesmere or sausages on the BBQ, the choice is yours.
  • Woodland Walks. With the dog or without, take to our woodland walks to stretch your legs and immerse yourselves in the beautiful, peaceful surroundings in which you are staying.

Afternoon: Ellesmere Mere and The Mere Park

  • Picnic at The Mere: Pack a picnic and head to The Mere, a stunning lake in Ellesmere. Enjoy your lunch surrounded by serene views and plenty of wildlife. Or you can enjoy some lunch at The Boathouse pub which perches right on the Mere shoreline.
  • Boating: Rent a rowboat or pedal boat and take to the water for a fun family adventure.
  • Children’s Play Area: Let the kids burn off some energy at the play area, which features swings, slides, and climbing frames.

Evening: Dinner and Relaxation

  • Local Dining: Have dinner at one of the family-friendly pubs in the area. Our favourites are The Red Lion, Ellesmere, The Boat Inn, and The Cross Foxes, both in Erbistock. 
  • Game Night: Return to your lodge for family game night. 

Day 2: Outdoor Adventures and Local Attractions

Morning: Chirk Castle

  • Chirk Castle: Start your day with a visit to Chirk Castle, about a 20 minute drive from the park. This magnificent medieval fortress offers a fascinating glimpse into history and the beautifully landscaped gardens are perfect for the kids to explore.
  • Children’s Activities: Check out the castle’s summer holiday activities, such as treasure hunts and interactive historical displays.

Afternoon: Shropshire Sculpture Park

  • Lunch: Have a packed lunch or grab something at a local café before heading to Shropshire Sculpture Park, the UK’s largest metal safari park.
  • Sculpture Trail: Wander through the sculpture park, where children can marvel at the large, imaginative sculptures. The trail is perfect for a leisurely family walk.

Evening: BBQ at the Lodge

  • Barbecue Dinner: Take advantage of the barbecue facilities at Woodland Park Lodges and enjoy a family cookout. Let the kids help with setting up and preparing their own skewers or burgers.

Day 3: Fun at the Farm and Indoor Play

Morning: Park Hall Countryside Experience

  • Park Hall Farm: Drive to Park Hall Countryside Experience, a farm park about 15 minutes away.
  • Hands-On Activities: Enjoy activities such as feeding the animals, tractor rides, and pig racing. The interactive play areas and exhibitions will certainly keep the children entertained.

Afternoon: Indoor Play at Crazy Knights

  • Lunch: Have lunch at the farm’s café or bring a packed lunch.
  • Crazy Knights: Head to Crazy Knights, an indoor play centre in Oswestry. The play area features slides, ball pits, and climbing frames, perfect for letting the kids have some indoor fun while you relax with a coffee.

Evening: Pizza Night and Movie

  • Homemade Pizza: Make pizzas together in the large open kitchen. Let each family member create their own pizza with their favourite toppings.
  • Family Movie Night: Wind down with a family movie night. Choose a film from our DVD selection in reception, or if your lodge has a Smart TV, make use of our superfast WiFi and stream your favourite films. 

Day 4: Nature Trails and Farewell

Morning: Ellesmere Canal and Whixall Moss

  • Canal Walk: Start your day with a peaceful walk along the Ellesmere Canal. Enjoy the picturesque views and watch the boats navigate the locks.
  • Whixall Moss: Visit Whixall Moss National Nature Reserve, a unique peat bog habitat teeming with wildlife. The boardwalk trails are ideal for a family nature walk.

Afternoon: The British Ironwork Centre

  • Lunch: Have lunch at a local café or picnic at Whixall Moss before heading to your next adventure.
  • British Ironwork Centre: Spend the afternoon at The British Ironwork Centre, where children can marvel at the incredible metal sculptures, including the famous Knife Angel. The centre often hosts family-friendly workshops and demonstrations.

Evening: Farewell Dinner

  • Farewell Dinner: Enjoy a final dinner at a nearby pub, all our favourites are listed in the information book on the coffee table in your lodge. Reflect on the wonderful memories made during your stay.
  • Packing: Return to your lodge to pack up and prepare for departure the next morning.

We hope this itinerary helps you make the most of your stay with us. Have a fantastic summer holiday in Shropshire!

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Dive Into These Water Activities in and Around Shropshire

By Advice, Things to do

While the landlocked county of Shropshire doesn’t boast a coastline, it is brimming with opportunities for water-based adventures that promise thrills, relaxation, and unforgettable experiences. So grab your waterproofs and sense of adventure as we explore the myriad water activities awaiting you in and around Shropshire.

1. Canoeing and Kayaking on the River Severn

Embrace the serenity of Shropshire’s waterways as you paddle your way through tranquil rivers and meandering streams. With the River Severn, one of Britain’s longest rivers, winding its way through the county, canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts are spoiled for choice. Glide past lush greenery, ancient bridges, and picturesque villages, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of your surroundings.

2. Stand-Up Paddleboarding on Shropshire’s Lakes and Reservoirs

For those seeking a unique and exhilarating way to explore Shropshire’s waterways, look no further than stand-up paddleboarding. Test your balance and core strength as you navigate your way across serene lakes and tranquil reservoirs, soaking in panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Whether you’re paddling solo or embarking on a tandem adventure with your partner, paddle boarding provides a fantastic opportunity to connect with nature and experience the county from a whole new perspective.

3. Whitewater Rafting on the River Dee

Calling all thrill-seekers! If you’re craving an adrenaline rush, look no further than exhilarating whitewater rafting experiences just over the border in Llangollen, Wales. Take on the challenge of navigating fast-flowing rivers and cascading rapids as you and your team work together to conquer the elements. With experienced guides leading the way, you’ll tackle twists, turns, and exhilarating drops, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re a first-time rafter or a seasoned adrenaline junkie, Shropshire’s whitewater rafting adventures promise an unforgettable ride.

4. Fishing and Angling on the River Teme and Shropshire Union Canal

For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, Shropshire offers ample opportunities for fishing and angling amidst its pristine lakes, rivers, and canals. Cast your line into the clear waters of the River Teme or the Shropshire Union Canal and reel in a variety of freshwater species, including trout, perch, and pike. Whether you’re angling for the catch of the day or simply enjoying the peace and tranquility of the water, fishing in Shropshire provides a relaxing and rewarding experience for anglers of all ages and abilities.

5. Lakeside Leisure at Ellesmere and Lake Vyrnwy

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and unwind at one of the many scenic lakeside retreats including Ellesmere right on oure doorstep. Pack a picnic and enjoy a leisurely afternoon by the water’s edge, soaking up the sun and savoring the beauty of your surroundings. Whether you’re taking to the water on a rowing boat or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, these lakes offer the perfect setting for a day of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Shropshire offers a wealth of opportunities for water enthusiasts of all ages and interests. So pack your swimsuit, grab your sense of adventure, and dive into the exciting world of water activities awaiting you in Shropshire.