PLACES TO VISIT
ELLESMERE, a small market town , also known as Shropshire's Lake District, with its unique shops, pubs and cafes. Ellesmere has it's pretty mere (lake), and canal, ideal for a walk around the mere or along the towpath to Blakemere, sit and watch the ducks and swans , visit the great Children's play area, have a coffee or meal at the Boathouse resteraunt.
Visit Ellesmere Marina and hire a canal boat for the day and explore the local waterways at a relaxed pace. (Pre bookable)
COLEMERE COUNTRY PARK, 3 miles south of Ellesmere, SY12 OQW, one of Shropshire's most beautiful meres.
IFTON MEADOWS, SY11 3DA , 2 miles away, this is a local naure reserve, reclaimed from the spoil heaps of IFTON Colliery. The meadows offer superb views of the Dee Valley and Welsh Mountains.
OSWESTRY, an ancient market town on the English- Welsh Border, , home to independent and specialist shops, indoor and outdoor markets. Visit the large Iron Age Fort just to the north of the town. Racecourse Common, is the site of an old racecourse, it is possible to walk around the old circuit. Offas Dyke foot path runs through here.
WHITTINGTON CASTLE - Whittington Castle sits in the centre of the village, surrounded by a moat, where the local swans and ducks live. The ruins of the castle are home to a tea shop and book shop. Often have plant sales and reenactment events, throughout the year.
MAESBURY MARSH- visit Canal Central , here you can hire bikes and Canadian canoes to enjoy the Montgomery Canal. Also living here is CRACKER, a boat horse who will quietly pull you along the canal in the " Countess of Maesbury" , one of the few remaining horse drawn canal boats in the country. On your return enjoy tea and cake in the cafe. 07941429980 www.bywatercruises.com SY10 8JE 01691 652168.
PONTCYSYLLTE AQUADUCT- Visit the oldest navagatable aqueduct in Great Britain. it carries the Llangollen canal over the River Dee and was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1999. it can be crossed on foot, or canal boats ( trips can be booked for this)
This beautiful waterfall is situated in the Berwyn Mountains 12miles away from Oswestry just a few miles from the village of LLanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant SY10 0BZ. It is the seventh highest waterfall in Great Britain and the tallest single drop waterfall in Great Britain. Have an energetic walk to the top or have a fantastic view from the teashop at the bottom.
Visit the Welsh riverside town of Llangollen. Built on the banks of the River Dee, there is lots to do here, white water rafting can be booked, have a ride on a steam train or drift along the Llangollen canal, pulled along by one of the beautiful Shire horses. Have a walk up to the ruins of Dinas Bran castle, or have a drive along the famous Horseshoe Pass. In July the town is taken over by the International Music Eisteddfod where for one week Llangollen hosts a colourful musical and dance spectacular with guests competing from over 50 countries.
Lake Vyrnwy resevoir and nature reserve is on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, set amongst the Berwyn Mountains, popular with hikers, ornithologists and cyclists there are trails, view points and bird hides across the 24,000 acre reserve managed by the RSPB and Severn Trent Water. There is a sculpture park, cycle hire, boating, a local craft shop and plenty of places to eat.
Our capital town, looking to see a play, there is the Theatre Seven built on the banks of the River Severn, plenty to suit all gererations, visit the castle, have a boat ride along the river, or lunch with some retail therapy, or support Shresbury Town Football Club at one of their matches.
This Roman city is great for the children, dress up as a Roman, and march through the streets, learning a little history along the way. Chester too has a theatre and in the Summer there are great plays put on in the old Roman Amphitheatre, near the River Dee. Great for shopping and places to eat, have a walk along the "rows" unique in the world to Chester ( continuous half timbered galleries, reached by steps which form a second row of shops above the ones at street level)
Don't forget a visit to the world famous zoo, a must for all ages.
CHESHIRE OAKS AND BLUE PLANET AQUARUIM
Visit the designer outlet village of Cheshire Oaks, and grab a bargain, or have a "fishy" day at the aquarium, so that you can please all of the family.
CHILD FRIENDLY DAYS OUT
All of the above and :-
Park Hall Farm Oswestry, visit the animals, play in soft play area, indoor and outdoor play, visit the museums visit the WW1 trenches.
Ty Mawr Country Park, visit the animals, have a walk along the river and view the aquaduct.
Climbing wall, Shrewsbury
Escape room, Chester
Hire segways at Chirk Castle
White water rafting and canoes in Llangollen
Walk along the canal at Chirk, cross the aquaduct and go through the "darkie" tunnel if you dare!
The nearest beach is Talacre, a great expanse of sandy beach with an old lighthouse on it, great for the Children and dogs to have a run around. This is about 40 miles awy, take a picnic and have a great day out. Further along the coast is the lovely Victorian seaside town of Llandudno, here you can take a cable car ride up the Great Orme, or ski down it on the dry ski slope. llandudno also hosts a great Steam Rally in May, with lots to see and do on the rally field, and then you can hop on a vintage bus for a visit to the shops or a ride on the fairground attrations.
IF YOU ARE WISHING TO EXPLORE THE AREA ON BIKES , BUT DON'T WANT TO BRING YOUR OWN THERE IS A LOCAL COMPANY WHICH WILL HIRE BIKES TO YOU. CYLCLES ARE BROUGHT AND COLLECTED FROM YOUR COTTAGE OR POD.
Please Contact Rod or Jo directy if you wish to use this service. Advise pre booking.
www.amerecycle.co.uk 01691 773298 or 07988842038
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