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The Rookery

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The Rookery: Grass pitches sheltered by trees (photo added by manager on 18/08/2022)

General

  • Small meadow site edging a peaceful village in Shropshire countryside
  • A 25-minute drive to Shrewsbury; 30 minutes to Ironbridge Gorge Museum
  • No-frills camping on a flat meadow; pub and shop nearby

Fancy the idea of sloping off to Shropshire for a bit of back-to-basics field camping? The Rookery, tucked away in the sleepy village of Ryton near Dorrington, south of Shrewsbury, is just the spot for you. Bring the kids and set yourselves up wherever you please on the peaceful camping field shaded by trees, and in the grounds of a handsome country house.

This is a small site with a limited number of pitches available in a large meadow, which means lots of space and privacy for everyone. There’s no electricity, and no-frills amenities only stretch to portable toilets and mains water, so you’ll need to bring torches with you to get around after dark.

The Rookery is well located for biking along National Cycle Route 81, which goes right through the village (five minutes’ drive) on its way to pretty Shrewsbury, and there’s walking galore to be had on local hills including the Caradoc, Long Mynd and Stiperstones.

You can barbecue on site (pick up essentials in Dorrington’s convenience store, a 15-minute walk away) and there’s a welcoming pub too (1.3 miles along the road or a short stroll through the fields), where you can tuck into roasts and burgers.

Please note

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

This site has no on-site shower facilities.

At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.

Please note that the toilet facilities are unisex.


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9.3

Overall rating based on 19 reviews

 

100% would recommend this site to a friend.

95% would stay here again.

  75% described as Budget/backpacker ?

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Quiet04/09/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRoger T.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Quiet

    Disliked: 

    No shower one ports loo

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Liked that we were the only ones on site. There …26/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJoanne F.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Liked that we were the only ones on site. There were some football goals which my boys enjoyed.

    Disliked: 

    Sadly the problem was the chemical toilet which if there was more than just our family it could have been a lot worse. Also there was no proper sink to wash dishes, brush teeth or wash our faces.

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I was sceptical about the lack of facilities, however on …19/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPaul E.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    I was sceptical about the lack of facilities, however on arrival I quickly realised that the location and peacefulness quickly made up for this. The owners were very welcoming and made us feel at home. Would definitely recommend and hope to be back soon. Five stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Helen was a very welcome host - she helped me …10/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Helen was a very welcome host - she helped me put up my tent.
    The Rookery was a lovely paddock with trees in a quiet village location - it was a relaxing stay.

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Peacefull02/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDarren M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Quiet

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Lovely campsite, very peaceful & just what we wanted!!01/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJordan O.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Everything!!
    It's a lovely peaceful small, family run campsite... which was absolutely perfect for us first time camping with children.
    The owners of the site were very friendly and welcoming & great with our children.

    We are already looking forward to going back!

    Thank you Helen & Jack 😁

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Wonderful stay.01/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNeil B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Fantastic location, beautiful views, quiet and minimal. I love this kind of campsite as you know you will get a good night's sleep and won't be in a crowded site with hundreds of other we people. I would recommend to anyone who likes no hassle minimalist camping. Would be great for hikers.

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Friendly, clean, well kept camping26/06/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJordan S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    A quiet, friendly, well kept pitch in a paddock. Basic facilities but clean and serviceable. Pitches are reasonably level. Easy access to the surrounding hills. Perfect for short stays or stopovers.

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Great campsite for people who want no frills quiet camping.24/06/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNeil B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Fantastic quiet campsite. Has all the basics you need, but a lovely location with great scenery.

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Even traveling by myself felt secured. Welcoming hosts and secluded …29/05/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAleksandra L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Even traveling by myself felt secured. Welcoming hosts and secluded pitch. Toilet clean. Place looked after and quiet. Definitely worth coming back

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Location

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  • Ryton, Dorrington, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, SY5 7LZ
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 52.6250°N 2.7530°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bus Station — 5.9 miles
Rural Cottages — 7.7 miles
Rural Cottages — 7.7 miles
Train stations
Shrewsbury Rail Station — 6.0 miles
Church Stretton Rail Station — 6.4 miles
Wellington (Shropshire) Rail Station — 11.2 miles
Ferry ports
Woodside Birkenhead Ferry Terminal — 54.3 miles
Airports
Birmingham International Airport — 44.7 miles

Directions


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

If you’re feeling active, you can be on the golf course in less than 10 minutes’ drive. There are loads of options for keen hikers too: at Stiperstones National Nature Reserve (35 minutes) you might get to see red kites, skylark and raven as you amble. For long-distance days out in the fresh air, the heathland trails at National Trust - Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd (20 minutes) are suitable for both walkers and cyclists.

More into viewing old sights? Buff up on your ancient history with a tour of the extensive remains at Wroxeter Roman City (20 minutes); or wander the impressive ruins of Cistercian Buildwas Abbey (half an hour). Plan to spend a day among the museums, exhibitions and old-world shops of Ironbridge Gorge Museum (half an hour), showcasing life since the Industrial Revolution.

Lovely Shrewsbury (25 minutes) is packed with ancient half-timbered houses centred on its medieval abbey and Edward Pugin-designed cathedral built in 1856. Explore the town by following the colourful mini-mural trail around the streets, seek out a traditional beamed pub and settle down with a pint of local beer, or alternatively hop on a cruise down the River Severn.

Must see

  • Much Wenlock Priory (8.4 miles)
  • Darby Houses (Ironbridge) (10.9 miles)
  • Enginuity (10.9 miles)

National Trust

  • Attingham Park Estate: Cronkhill (4.1 miles)
  • Attingham Park (5.4 miles)

Cycle routes

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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8:30 p.m.
Depart by:  12 p.m.

The Rookery cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 day of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. The Rookery will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

Payment methods accepted on the park

Bank transfer

Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does The Rookery have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Rookery dog friendly? No View all features
  • What attractions are near The Rookery? If you’re feeling active, you can be on the golf course in less than 10 minutes’ drive. There are loads of options for keen hikers too: at Stiperstones National Nature Reserve (35 … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Rookery?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8:30 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at The Rookery? From £12 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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