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- 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.
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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Non-electric grass tent pitch
Max. persons: 6 x
One Tent allowed per pitch
Pitch size: Min 15.0m width x 15.0m depth (49.2ft width x 49.2ft depth) Calculated area: 225.0m² (2421.9ft²)
Ground type: Grass
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Liked that we were the only ones on site. There …
I was sceptical about the lack of facilities, however on …
Lovely campsite, very peaceful & just what we wanted!!
Friendly, clean, well kept camping
Even traveling by myself felt secured. Welcoming hosts and secluded …
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
Dog walk nearby
Public transport nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Horse riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
- Coach stations
— 5.9 miles
5.9 miles Rural Cottages — 7.7 miles
7.7 miles Rural Cottages — 7.7 miles
- Train stations
Shrewsbury Rail Station
— 6.0 miles
6.0 miles Church Stretton Rail Station — 6.4 miles
6.4 miles Wellington (Shropshire) Rail Station — 11.2 miles
- Ferry ports
Woodside Birkenhead Ferry Terminal
— 54.3 miles
Birmingham International Airport
— 44.7 miles
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.
- Much Wenlock Priory (8.4 miles)
- Darby Houses (Ironbridge) (10.9 miles)
- Enginuity (10.9 miles)
- Attingham Park Estate: Cronkhill (4.1 miles)
- Attingham Park (5.4 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
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.
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 parkBank transfer
Terms and conditionsSite 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.
- 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