Places to go
Although you’ll find Castle Farm in the north of Shropshire, the medieval county town of Shrewsbury (22 miles) and the World Heritage Site at Ironbridge (35 miles) are both within an easy hour’s drive.
However, being just a mile from the Welsh border, we’re ideally situated for exploring north Wales and, a little further afield, the beautiful county of Cheshire too (the stunning Roman city of Chester is only 25 miles away).
On your doorstep, though, is Ellesmere (5 miles away) and the larger town of Oswestry, where you will find more of your familiar High Street names (9 miles away). Ellesmere is in the heart of what is often referred to as the Shropshire Lake District - a series of nine lakes, known as ‘meres’, formed 12,000 years ago. The most accessible and the largest (at 46 hectares) is simply known as The Mere, and is just a short walk from Ellesmere town centre (there's also parking close to the water's edge).
If that’s not enough water for you, then there’s also the 46-mile Llangollen Canal, said to be the most beautiful canal in the country. An eight-mile cycle ride westerly along its towpath will take you across Chirk Aqueduct, and over the Welsh border to Chirk where you will find a 13th century National Trust-owned castle, set amongst 480 acres of parkland.
Other National Trust properties can be found at Erddig Hall (near Wrexham), Attingham Park (Shrewsbury) and Powis Castle (Welshpool). If you’re a fan of castles, being so close to Wales, predictably, there are plenty to choose from, but one of the most charming also happens to be the nearest - community-run Whittington Castle, just six miles away.
If aqueducts are your thing, there’s an even greater one en route to Llangollen – the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, another World Heritage Site, and almost twice as high as the one at Chirk! Although Llangollen is a small town, there’s plenty to see and do. Famous for its International Musical Eisteddfod, you can also enjoy horse-drawn rides along the canal, or steam train rides to Corwen following the banks of the fast-flowing River Dee for much of its journey.
We all had a fabulous relaxing week, thoroughly enjoyed our time in Woodpecker Cottage. Lovely getaway for my special Birthday, will definatley recommend.
- M Family, Sunderland