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- Tiny, peaceful park with well-kept huts set around a woodland pond
- Wildlife haven
- Miles of walks in the surrounding area
Remember when you were teeny and used to dream of finding a snug hideaway in the woods, just for you and a few friends (if they hadn’t annoyed you too much that week)? You’d have your own camping hut among the trees and the birds, and no-one would be able to find you and you wouldn’t have to go to school for that maths test…
Now that we’re all growed up, the maths test is a quarterly appraisal and the teacher is the boss, the urge to escape with a select band of outlaws still surges up on most of us occasionally. Which is why Woodland Park Camping Huts in Shropshire is such a stonking site: tiny, peaceful and made up of snug camping huts set around a woodland pond, where you’ll be free as a bird from the niggles and stresses of everyday life.
Speaking of birds, there are loads of them – and accompanying beasts – to spot in the adjoining woodland: sit around the campfire to listen to owls hooting at night, or keep your eyes peeled for badgers, polecats, squirrels and foxes. You might also see a kestrel or buzzard or two, but do remember to look up…
The spankingly clean and well-maintained huts at Woodland Park all come with bunk beds, table, bench, electricity and lockable doors: bring your own bedding to snuggle down in.
Guests are welcome to cart along their own cooking equipment, and campfires are allowed at designated times in the Woodland firepits; barbecues are also welcome as long as they’re kept off the ground. Each hut comes with its own picnic bench overlooking the water and car parking is a short stroll away.
Amenities are kept to the highest standards so that no stress spoils your hideaway: the loo and shower block is brand-new and has lashings of hot water available, with a washing up area added too. There's a real tucked-away adventure to be had here so the track to the huts is best suited to 4x4s (other vehicles may be taken along the track at the owners' own risk).
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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
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
- Coach stations
Gobowen Coach Stop
— 6.8 miles
6.8 miles Chirk: Hand Hotel Coach Stop — 6.9 miles
6.9 miles Ruabon: High Street Coach Stop — 7.1 miles
- Train stations
Gobowen Rail Station
— 6.8 miles
6.8 miles Ruabon Rail Station — 7.2 miles
7.2 miles Chirk Rail Station — 7.3 miles
- Ferry ports
Woodside Birkenhead Ferry Terminal
— 32.0 miles
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
— 27.7 miles
Follow the signs for Whitchurch/Ellesmere. Take the A495 towards Ellesmere. On entering Ellesmere, you will pass the mere on your right-hand side. At the roundabout, turn right signposted Overton/Wrexham and continue straight through the town passing the fire station on your right. Where the 40mph speed limit ends, there is a road to the right signposted Penley with a red post box on the corner. There is also a sign here for the Birch Caravan Park. Turn right into this road and continue for approximately 1 mile. Follow the road until you come to Lions Lane on the left, turn into Lions Lane and Woodland Park Lodges & Camping Huts is first on the left. Follow the road and you will come to the reception on the left. The camping huts are approximately 1.9 miles from the reception. Further directions will then be given upon arrival. (Please note the track to camping huts is suitable for 4x4 vehicles, others may be driven at the owners' own risk.)
Take the A5 towards Shrewsbury and exit onto the A495 towards Whittington. Continue straight until you reach Ellesmere. At the business park roundabout continue straight to the town centre; continue straight again over another small roundabout towards Shrewsbury. At the third roundabout take a left signposted Overton/Wrexham and continue straight through the town passing the fire station on your right. Where the 40mph speed limit ends, there is a road to the right signposted Penley with a red postbox on the corner. There is also a sign here for the Birch Caravan Park. Turn right into this road and continue for approximately 1 mile. Follow the road until you come to Lions Lane on the left, turn into Lions Lane and Woodland Park Lodges & Camping Huts is first on the left. Follow the road and you will come to the reception on the left. The camping huts are approximately 1.9 miles from the reception. Further directions will then be given upon arrival. (Please note the track to camping huts is suitable for 4x4 vehicles, others may be driven at the owners' own risk.)
Take the A525 towards Whitchurch. Turn right onto the A528 towards Ellesmere. Pass through Overton continuing towards Ellesmere. Just before the outskirts of Ellesmere, where the speed limit reduces to 40mph, there is a left-hand turn with a fingerpost pointing to Penley. Turn left into this road and continue for approximately 1 mile. Follow the road until you come to Lions Lane on the left, turn into Lions Lane and Woodland Park Lodges & Camping Huts is first on the left. Follow the road and you will come to the reception on the left. The camping huts are approximately 1.9 miles from the reception. Further directions will then be given upon arrival. (Please note the track to camping huts is suitable for 4x4 vehicles; others may be driven at the owners' own risk.)
Let the kids loose in the woods for nature-spotting and general frolicking: there are swathes of walks in the surrounding area, with cycling, mountain biking and cantering along on horseback all nearby, as well as sailing and watersports if you want to dip your toes.
The market town of Ellesmere is five minutes’ drive away with its famous 48-hectare mere; there’s a visitors’ centre where you can spot herons and other mere locals, and there’s also a steam boat trip, rowing boats to hire and fishing available.
The town has tons of other things to do too: try the sculpture trail, teeing off at The Brow Golf Club or some all-important retail therapy; there’s a food festival each summer to sample the local produce.
Fifteen miles away from Woodland Park is the medieval town of Shrewsbury, the birthplace of Charles Darwin: options here include taking a boat or canoe trip along the River Severn which runs through the town or visiting the many historical attractions.
With over 600 listed buildings in the town, we think you’ll find something you’ll want to see, but if you’re feeling a bit spoilt for choice, Shrewsbury Castle, Shrewsbury Abbey and the mansion Attingham Park are definite must-sees, as is Wroxeter Roman City, once the fourth-biggest city in Roman Britain.
The historic town of Chester is also well worth a day or two's amble: take a bus or boat sightseeing tour through its medieval streets or along the River Dee, browse around the cathedral and castle or try the Dewa Roman Experience.
The kids will go ape at the thousands of animals at Chester Zoo, while grown-ups may prefer to check out the equine delights of Chester Racecourse.
For other day trips, try the theme parks of Alton Towers and Drayton Manor, fooling around at Hawkstone Historic Park and Follies, or crossing the border to North Wales for castle cruising at Chirk and Powis and strolling around Snowdonia National Park.
The beaches of the North Wales coastline, Rhyl and Prestatyn, are just over an hour away.
- Chester Castle (17.2 miles)
- Cheshire Military Museum (17.2 miles)
- Chester Cathedral (17.7 miles)
- Chirk Castle (8.3 miles)
- Attingham Park (19.8 miles)
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