Whether you have come for a relaxing break away or want to embrace the great outdoors. There are many places to visit and things to do in the surrounding area. Whatever age you are!

Woodland Park Lodges is conveniently situated near the quaint little market town of Ellesmere and is home to one of the largest natural meres in England outside the Lake District. Enjoy a gentle stroll overlooking the mere, watch the many water birds that flock here and relax over tea and cake in the historic Boathouse.

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The Mere at Ellesmere

For those more adventurous why not try canoeing, kayaking or boating on the mere.

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The Historical town of Shrewsbury is 15 miles away and is the county town of Shropshire, in western England. It sits inside a loop of the River Severn, and its Tudor centre is lined with half-timbered houses. Shrewsbury town centre is abundant with shops and cobbled streets. Why not visit the grade 1 listed Shrewsbury Castle or take a walk around the Quarry a 29 acre riverfront park with a garden and playground. In the evening you can take in a show at the Theatre Severn or dine in one of the many fine restaurants.

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens is 18 miles away and originally dates to the early 19th century. The estate is picturesque with magnificent gardens. Within the estate there is a lakeside walk and nature trail, tea room, picnic area, play area, children’s den and farm shop. After spending the day exploring the castle and grounds why not pop in the Cholmondeley Arms for a refreshing beer and tasty treat.


Adjacent to Cholmondeley estate is BeWILDerwood - a 70 acre park inspired by the magical series of children’s books written by Tom Blofeld. This is the second BeWILDerwood to be built after the major success of the first built in Norfolk. The Telegraph continues to rate BeWILDerwood as one of the top destinations to visit with under 16-year olds in the UK. All the family can run wild in the beautiful canopied forest. Unlike other attractions there are no noisy rides, no electronics parents and grandparents are encouraged to play alongside their children and grandchildren. Just one giant playground in the woods! and one of the many unique things about BeWILDerwood is that all the activities such as face painting, storytelling, and arts & crafts can be enjoyed at no extra cost.


From the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail and The Shropshire Way to short circular walks in picturesque villages and parishes, in Shropshire there is something for everyone. With over 5,500 km’s of Public Rights of Way, two Country Parks, several countryside heritage sites, over 7,000 ha of open access land and a quarter of the county designated as the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you will be spoilt for choice with stunning walks and views round every corner.

View a comprehensive list of circular walks in Shropshire of varying distances and abilities

Cycling routes

Getting out and about in the great outdoors by bike is easy in Shropshire.

The market towns are a good place to start, with several circular cycle routes from each town. The towns all have a distinctive character and connection with the surrounding countryside, from the medieval jewel of Ludlow, with its links to the Shropshire Hills, to the canal town of Ellesmere, connected to the internationally important Meres and Mosses.

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