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- Peaceful riverside site next to a 12th-century church
- Land salmon of up to 12lb in the calm River Vyrnwy waters
- Edged by the Severn Way and close to the Offa’s Dyke Path
Sanctuary seekers: find peace, quiet (and salmon fishing) at calm Church House Caravan and Camping Park on the banks of the River Vyrnwy in Shropshire, next door to the 12th-century timber-framed and famed Melverley Church.
If fishing is your mission, the Vyrnwy yields spring and autumn salmon of up to 12lb and coarse fishing specimens such as barbel, chub, roach, pike and perch. Pick up a day pass at the Church House reception to try your luck for a small additional charge; you must have your own Environment Agency rod licence and bring your own fishing equipment.
Reverential about rambling? The 210-mile Severn Way passes Church House, the Offa’s Dyke Path goes through nearby Oswestry and there are several local footpaths to take a trot to Rodney’s Pillar and the Breidden Hills. Or just sit and stare at the scenery: Church House Caravan and Camping Park is in an eminent location looking across the countryside to the Welsh mountains across the Severn/Vyrnwy flood plains.
This serene site has smartly kept toilet and shower facilities as well as hot and cold water washbasins, and recycling facilities for cans, bottles and newspapers.
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Beautiful, peaceful site. Highly recommend this one!
Hannah C. Confirmed
Lovely flat site with good facilities and very nice site owners.
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Just got back from a weekend away with my mate ...
Everything! peace, quiet, views, good showers, nice walking area...
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Tourer storage facilities
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
- Coach stations
Halfway House (Shrops): Coach Stop
— 3.2 miles
3.2 miles Middletown (Powys): Breidden Hotel Coach Stop — 3.3 miles
3.3 miles Nesscliffe (Shrops): Coach Stop — 3.5 miles
- Train stations
Welshpool Rail Station
— 8.7 miles
8.7 miles Shrewsbury Rail Station — 10.3 miles
10.3 miles Gobowen Rail Station — 10.5 miles
- Ferry ports
Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing
— 44.5 miles
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
— 41.4 miles
Leave the A5 at Junction 7, turn right onto Holyhead Road (B5061), then turn right. Merge onto the A5 signposted Shrewsbury. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto the A5 signposted north Wales and Shrewsbury.
At the roundabout, take the second exit onto the A5 signposted Oswestry. At Edgebold roundabout, take the second exit onto the A5 towards north Wales and Oswestry. At the next roundabout, take the second exit signposted north Wales and Oswestry.
At the following roundabout, take the first exit onto the A458 signposted Welshpool. Turn right into Alberbury Road (B4393) signposted Four Crosses, then turn right, then left (do not turn down Church Lane). The site is 100 yards on the left.
There’s been a site of worship in Melverley for a millennium and a timber-framed church next door to Church House dates was mentioned way back in the 12th century (the current structure was rebuilt in 1406 after the original wooden chapel was destroyed by Welsh chieftain and firestarter Owen Glyndwr in 1401). The church is open daily and has services on Sundays.
In the surrounding area, building and history buffs have heaps of stuffs to see in Shropshire and neighbouring Powys. Church House is equidistant from the historic market towns of Oswestry, Welshpool and Shrewsbury, Shropshire’s county town with over 600 listed buildings. Looking for the nearest watering hole? A recommended spot is the Fir Tree Inn, just one mile from the campsite and serving good pub grub daily.
A drive of around 22 miles will reach the Ironbridge site on the Severn, the award-winning group of museums and attractions mining Britain’s industrial heritage. There are 10 in all: small folk should particularly like Blists Hill Victorian Town, going underground at the Tar Tunnel and engineering a few experiments at Enginuity.
Shropshire has over 3500 miles’ worth of paths to potter along, including the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for hikes in hills, farmland, woods and valleys. Start off at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre for info, events, family activities and exhibitions; GPS units can be hired here to tackle the hills’ geocaching trails. Heading into Wales, the Marches Way runs from Chester to Cheddar and passes Shrewsbury.
Adventure seekers can find paragliding at Rodney’s Pillar and the Long Mynd, mountain biking and cycling around Oswestry, with golf, more fishing, and canal/river boating all easily available in the area too. To keep the kids happy after you’ve made them look around a 12th-century church, Oswestry has the Park Hall Countryside Experience with pony grooming, massive indoor play area, a junior driving school and quad bikes.
Finally, make room for a day at Pistyll Rhaeadr in the Berwyn Mountains, the biggest single drop waterfall in the UK at 240 feet high.
- Powis Castle & Garden (9.6 miles)
- Much Wenlock Priory (20.7 miles)
- Darby Houses (Ironbridge) (21.9 miles)
- Attingham Park Estate: Cronkhill (13.7 miles)
- Chirk Castle (13.9 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.