Mark and Janette Songhurst visit a peaceful campsite perfectly located between Oswestry and Shrewsbury for exploring the England/Wales border of Shropshire.
Let us get the only negative point out of the way. If you are a family camping then you need to be prepared to entertain your children. The owners had originally aimed for it to be an adults-only site so it lacks a children’s playground and space for ball games.
However, it is now a Club franchise site so all other facilities are to high specifications and the owner managers were happy for our niece and nephew to run round on vacant pitches away from other units, besides being very helpful and offering lots of information about what to do in the local area and where to eat.
From the welcome at the small reception that also provides a few essentials including your morning paper if pre-ordered, this is a thoroughly relaxing site. As mentioned, all the facilities are of a good standard and there is a family/accessible bathroom with shower.
The site also has a club room, which wasn’t in use when we were there − a shame as it looked a fantastic area for people to meet and socialise, even if it was a simple bring a drink and get to know your neighbours.
There area has so much to offer. An hour’s drive will see you can be deep in Shropshire or on the North Wales coast. The site sits on the administrative border of two town and three villages. The nearest being Knockin, (I wonder why it was not named after the nearest village).
From the site our trip took us to the zoo in Chester for a day, an afternoon trip to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – a World Heritage Site − and a day with friends on the coast at Prestatyn. If you are going to Chester Zoo, be prepared, plan to arrive early, spend all day there and still not have seen or done everything.
Closer to the site there are bus links into Shrewsbury and Oswestry, to find out more as to what is going on locally pick up a copy of What to see, do & where to stay Oswestry & the Welsh borders. This has to be one of the best local magazines I have seen produced and the temptation is just to recite it here.
There are a number of options nearby for food from take-away to pubs and restaurants, ask the site staff for details. There is even a fish and chip van that comes on a Friday. Once again we were good and ate in for the weekend so we cannot comment on any particular establishments.
Local produce is sold in the onsite shop.
Oswestry Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Tel: 01743 741118
- Toilet and showers
- Family bathroom
- Washing-up and laundry area
- Disabled facilities
- A small shop
- Electric hook-up
- Information room
- Dogs allowed
Did you know?
Oswestry was home to the First World War poet, Wilfred Owen