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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!