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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!

3-Day Itinerary For A Bank Holiday In Shropshire

By Places to visit, Things to do

This 3-day itinerary for a bank holiday weekend in Shropshire, starts near Ellesmere and focuses on some hidden gems and lesser-known attractions for you to enjoy in this part of the county.

Day 1: North Shropshire and Villages

Morning: Ellesmere

  • Begin your day with a serene walk around The Mere in Ellesmere. This large, natural lake is perfect for birdwatching and enjoying the peaceful surroundings. Visit the Boathouse for a coffee with a view.

Late Morning: Whittington Castle

  • Head to Whittington Castle, a picturesque and lesser-known castle with beautiful grounds. Take a leisurely stroll around the ruins and enjoy the charming scenery.

Lunch: The Olde Boote Inn, Whittington

  • Have lunch at The Olde Boote Inn, located near Whittington Castle. Enjoy hearty, traditional pub fare in a cozy atmosphere.

Afternoon: Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area

  • Visit the Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area, an industrial heritage site that offers a fascinating glimpse into the area’s past. Explore the lime kilns and walk along the Montgomery Canal.

Evening: Oswestry

  • Spend your evening in Oswestry, exploring a market town with a long history. Check out the local shops and have dinner at a traditional pub.

Day 2: Countryside Walks and Scenic Views

Morning: Stiperstones National Nature Reserve

  • Drive to Stiperstones for a scenic morning hike. The rocky ridge offers stunning views and is less crowded than other hiking spots. Enjoy the unique quartzite tors, including the Devil’s Chair.

Late Morning: Snailbeach Lead Mine

  • Visit Snailbeach Lead Mine, one of the best-preserved lead mining sites in the country. Take a guided tour to learn about the mining history and explore the mine buildings.

Lunch: The Stiperstones Inn, Snailbeach

  • Have lunch at The Stiperstones Inn, a cozy pub offering delicious homemade meals. Relax and soak in the countryside atmosphere.

Afternoon: Ludlow Food Centre 

  • Visit Ludlow Food Centre, a unique destination offering locally sourced and produced food. Explore the farm shop, bakery, and butchery. Sample some local cheeses and other delicacies.

Evening: Bishop’s Castle

  • Spend your evening in Bishop’s Castle, a small market town with a rich history. Explore the local shops and cafes, and have dinner at a local pub like The Three Tuns Inn.

Day 3: Hidden Historical Sites and Natural Beauty

Morning: The Wrekin

  • Hike up The Wrekin, a prominent hill with panoramic views of Shropshire and beyond. It’s a less frequented spot early in the morning, offering a peaceful start to your day.

Late Morning: Ironbridge Gorge

  • While Ironbridge itself is popular, explore the lesser-known areas of the gorge. Walk or cycle along the Severn Valley Railway paths for a different perspective of this historic area.

Lunch: The Green Wood Café, Coalbrookdale

  • Enjoy lunch at The Green Wood Café, a hidden gem in Coalbrookdale. They offer delicious, locally sourced food and a relaxed atmosphere.

Afternoon: Buildwas Abbey

  • Visit Buildwas Abbey, a tranquil ruin set in a secluded spot. It’s a great place for a quiet afternoon stroll and some photography.

Evening: Broseley

  • End your trip in Broseley, a small town near Ironbridge. Explore the Broseley Pipeworks Museum, which offers a unique look into the town’s industrial past. Have dinner at a local pub like The Duke of York for a cozy, local experience.

This itinerary provides a relaxing and unique experience of Shropshire, starting from Ellesmere and exploring its hidden treasures.

Spring Fling: A Blooming Guide to Easter Adventures in and Around Shropshire

By Places to visit, Seasons

As spring breathes new life into the countryside, it’s time to embrace the season of renewal and joy. You may just be planning to spend your Easter break relaxing in your private hot tub, and chilling in your cosy lodge or treehouse. However, if you wish to get out and about, we’re thrilled to share a bouquet of exciting events just a stone’s throw away from you whilst staying at Woodland Park Lodges. Dive into the beauty of nature, discover local crafts, and create unforgettable memories with family and friends. Here’s a snapshot of what awaits you this Easter time:

1. Springtime Fun on the Farm at Frankley Alpacas

  • Date: March 25th – April 7th
  • Location: Just 38 miles away!
  • Highlights: Meet adorable lambs, newly born calves, and a friendly herd of alpacas. Enjoy bottle-feeding demonstrations, petting sessions, and countless photo opportunities.

Your Ticket Includes:

  • Lambs in the Old Barn
  • New Dexter cows in the Walled Garden
  • Alpaca meet and greet in the Triangle Field
  • Q&A sessions and plenty of selfie opportunities!

2. Oswestry Market Fun Day

  • Date: March 29th
  • Location: Only 11 miles away!
  • Attractions: Games, fun rides, donkeys, entertainment, face painting, and an exciting Easter egg hunt.

3. Homemade Easter Festival at British Ironwork Centre

  • Date: March 29th – 30th
  • Location: Just 11 miles away!
  • Discover: Local crafters, makers’ stalls, and a showcase of handmade delights.

4. Oswestry Artisan Market

  • Date: March 29th
  • Location: A short 11 miles away!
  • Explore: The best of local produce markets featuring a diverse array of goods.

5. Oswestry Late Night Market

  • Date: March 29th, 6-10pm
  • Location: Conveniently 11 miles away!
  • Experience: An evening of drinks, food, live music, and the vibrant atmosphere of a bustling market.

6. Oswestry Street Circus

  • Date: March 30th
  • Location: Just 11 miles away!
  • Witness: Dare-devil acrobats, mesmerizing magicians, and a day filled with circus magic from 11 am to 4 pm.

7. The Taste of Cheshire Food and Drink Festival

  • Date: March 30th – April 1st
  • Location: A short 27 miles away!
  • Indulge: Delight your taste buds with 150 exhibitors, celebrity chefs, and free cooking classes for both adults and children.

8. Meet the Easter Bunny at the Ice Cream Farm

  • Date: March 27th – April 9th
  • Location: Merely 22 miles away!
  • Enjoy: A meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny, play on rides, explore attractions, and savour delicious ice cream.

9. Easter Historic Boat Gathering at National Waterways Museum

  • Date: March 29th – April 1st
  • Location: Just 35 miles away!
  • Experience: Witness a unique flotilla of historic narrowboats, led by a working boat-horse, Flower, pulling SATURN.

We wish you a wonderful Easter with us.

Shropshire Shines: A Proud Gem in the Global Spotlight

By Places to visit

In a remarkable accolade for the United Kingdom, Shropshire has emerged as one of the top 10 ‘destinations to watch’ in 2024, according to the travel company Abta. This recognition marks the first time any location in the UK has secured a spot on this prestigious list. Abta describes Shropshire as a ‘rural gem’ with ‘beautiful landscapes, towns, and villages,’ and here at Woodland Park Lodges, we couldn’t agree more!

Nestled within this globally acknowledged ‘rural gem,’ Woodland Park Lodges has always felt privileged to be situated in such a beautiful part of the world. Shropshire’s inclusion in the list reaffirms what we, and our guests, have known all along—the unrivalled beauty of Shropshire is a treasure waiting to be explored.

Shropshire is a blend of natural beauty and historical charm. Whether you are looking for picturesque hikes, historical landmarks or delicious food options, this wonderful county has you covered. Here are some a handful of our favourites.

  1. Ludlow: A Gastronomic Delight Ludlow, often referred to as the “food capital of Shropshire,” is a market town with a fantastic food scene. The charming streets are lined with independent shops, traditional pubs, and Michelin-starred restaurants. Don’t miss the Ludlow Food Centre, where you can indulge in locally sourced produce and artisanal treats.
  2. Ironbridge Gorge: Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ironbridge Gorge is a testament to Shropshire’s pivotal role in the Industrial Revolution. Visit the Iron Bridge itself, the world’s first iron bridge, and explore the museums along the gorge, showcasing the area’s industrial heritage.
  3. Shrewsbury: A Medieval Marvel Shrewsbury, the county town of Shropshire, is a medieval marvel with its timber-framed buildings, cobbled streets, and historic architecture. Stroll along the River Severn, explore Shrewsbury Castle, and visit the Shrewsbury Abbey to soak in the rich history and cultural heritage.
  4. The Long Mynd: A Hiker’s Paradise For outdoor enthusiasts, the Long Mynd offers a haven of natural beauty. This heath and moorland stretch provides panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Hiking trails crisscross the landscape, offering both casual strolls and challenging hikes for all levels. Afterwards enjoy a soak in your own private hot tub to soothe those tired feet!
  5. Bridgnorth: Cliffside Charm Divided into High Town and Low Town by the majestic sandstone cliffs, Bridgnorth is a town with a unique character. Take the historic cliff railway between the two levels, explore the medieval architecture, and enjoy the views of the River Severn from the gardens.
  6. Carding Mill Valley: A Tranquil Retreat Nature lovers will appreciate the serene beauty of Carding Mill Valley. Located in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this National Trust property is perfect for picnics, walks, and birdwatching. The Lightspout Waterfall is a hidden gem within the valley.
  7. Clun: A Quaint Village Escape Clun is a tranquil village that seems frozen in time. With its medieval bridge, historic castle ruins, and charming streets, it offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Clun Castle, perched on a hill, provides breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

So, pack your bags and head to Woodland Park Lodges, to enjoy all that Shropshire has to offer!