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General

  • 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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9.3

Overall rating based on 38 reviews

 

97% would recommend this site to a friend.

89% would stay here again.

 

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Great camping experience without all the gear needed for camping. 04/05/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Ros767 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Four-berth cabin
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    We weren't able to stay at Woodland Lodges unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances and they were not opening this year. We have stayed before and thoroughly enjoyed it which is why we choose to return. Will be looking forward to visiting again in the near future.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing, apart from not being able to go.

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Lovely site with excellent bathroom facilities and very peaceful 26/10/2016

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    We loved the huts, the fire pits, searching for wood, not having a phone signal so the kids put down their phones to actually talk to us. We loved the warm bathroom facilities always clean and toilet roll replenished everyday. It is amazing so peaceful would definitely go back again we loved the space in the 9 berth hut (squirrel). The road leading to it wasn't bad at all I just took it slow and steady and my car did fine.

    Disliked: 

    The gate at the end of the road if I left site on my own it was a bit of a pain but it wouldn't stop me going back.

    That the reception was on a different site trying to find it in the dark when we left was a nightmare but again it wouldn't stop me going again.

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Fabulous setting and cosy huts 17/09/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Katherine M. Confirmed

  • Nine-berth cabin
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    The setting was beautiful - far more than we had hoped! The children loved being in the woods and enjoyed going on a real bear hunt! The hut was large ( we were in the hut for 9 people) and it was great having the indoor area with the table and space for all our food.
    We thought the provision of a kettle and bbq as well as the fire pit was well thought out - wish we had known in advance though!
    There is plenty of room around each hut so you weren't on top of each other and you couldn't hear any one else. The hut for 9 was better for 2 families rather than 2 smaller huts as you would be a distance from each other.
    The toilets and showers were close by and had plenty of hot water.

    Disliked: 

    Not as clean as we expected - we had to sweep up before we went in. Lots of cobwebs everywhere - I know it was a hut but it needed a thorough dusting!
    It would have been better to have a larger overhang to put the chairs under at night but as there wasn't you had to bring everything in overnight in case it rained.
    Beware of the large pond in the ,idle- no roping off. Fine for us but if you had very young children you would be on edge.

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Lovely camping hut, nice and quiet even though all 5 huts were full. 13/09/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom jodie w. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Seven-berth cabin
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  • Liked: 

    Lovely area.
    Nice and quiet
    Perfect for the dogs and us as a family of 5.

    Disliked: 

    Only bit I didn't like was going to the toilet in the middle of the night, spookyyy!!!

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Great location for days out or around the pond. Looking a little tired 13/09/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Marc T. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Four-berth cabin
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    Location,

    Disliked: 

    Water smelled of rotten eggs for washing dishes and personal hygiene

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Great place to stay, 05/09/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Nigel W. Confirmed

  • Four-berth cabin
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  • Liked: 

    Remote location, surprised that the hut had electric light and kettle, a real plus.

    Disliked: 

    Having to get keys from reception and then it must be close to a couple of miles to get to the huts.

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Peaceful and remote site. Clean, basic 05/09/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Ryan O. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Seven-berth cabin
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  • Liked: 

    Kettle, fire pits, clean and good shower/toilet block

    Disliked: 

    Very very bumpy access road.
    Noise from nearby farm late at night/early in the morning.

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A LONG BUMPY TRACK DOWN 03/09/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom sonia_h219380 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Four-berth cabin
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    Lovely Receptionist & Caretaker
    Excellent Toilets & Shower Facilities
    Firepit & Picnic Bench
    Only 5 Huts
    Collecting Wood for a fire
    Lots of electric sockets

    Disliked: 

    The long rocky pot hole bumpy rough track down to the Huts was a risk to take had to drive 5mph and let 2 passengers walk up to lessen the weight in the car, as advised by another family in their Hut.
    The reception was in a different wood to the Huts.Once down didnt want to go back up the track until we vacated so trapped in for 2nites.A little dirty it couldhave been cleaned better.Tuna in the kettle and previous familys party rubbish under the bunk.The door wouldnt lock and nobody on site overnite otherthan at the Lodges 1.9miles away.
    No activities or playarea for children except collect wood.

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All good and as advertised. Very helpful and very friendly staff 01/09/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Alex A. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Seven-berth cabin
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    We particularly liked the tranquil setting and cabins are clean, functional and comfortable.

    I dealt with Jim and Lenny; both were really helpful, in person and over the phone.

    Disliked: 

    No one will *like* the 0.78 mile track leading up to the cabins, but those who've moaned about it in reviews are mussing the point. It's secluded.

    We were in two cars, an X Trail - which clearly coped - and an Alfa 159 which rides lower than most. It coped too. Go steady and you'll be fine.

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We loved our stay in the huts - clean toilets, friendly site 27/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Carol S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Nine-berth cabin
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  • Liked: 

    There was plenty of sleeping space in the huts even with 9 of us in it.
    Electricity / kettle great.

    Disliked: 

    Very little
    New dustpan needed as the lip on it meant very difficult to get up the inevitable amount of woodland dirt that came in the huts with us.

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Bath available

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Free wifi

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Shower available

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Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

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Forest

Peaceful

Remote location

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

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Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

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Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

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Location

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  • Lions Lane, The Trench Ellesmere, Shropshire, England, SY12 0LS
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 52.9372°N 2.8912°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Gobowen Coach Stop — 6.8 miles
Chirk: Hand Hotel Coach Stop — 6.9 miles
Ruabon: High Street Coach Stop — 7.1 miles
Train stations
Gobowen Rail Station — 6.8 miles
Ruabon Rail Station — 7.2 miles
Chirk Rail Station — 7.3 miles
Ferry ports
Woodside Birkenhead Ferry Terminal — 32.0 miles
Airports
Liverpool John Lennon Airport — 27.7 miles

Directions


From Shrewsbury
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.)

From Oswestry
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.)

From Wrexham
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.)

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

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.

Must see

  • Chester Castle (17.2 miles)
  • Cheshire Military Museum (17.2 miles)
  • Chester Cathedral (17.7 miles)

National Trust

  • Chirk Castle (8.3 miles)
  • Attingham Park (19.8 miles)

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Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

General
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: £50-£100 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Additional terms

No groups of 4 or more campers under 25 years old allowed. No campers under 21 years old allowed without being accompanied by parents/ older adults.

The track to the huts is best suited to 4x4s. Other vehicles may be taken along the track at the owners' own risk.

There are strict rules on campfires which may not be permitted at certain times of the year should the surrounding woods be considered too dry. Anyone found to be disobeying these rules will be fined.

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