Whilst looking for a site that opened for February half term and that was local enough for a group of families to meet up at, Kathryn Whelan stumbled upon this rather pretty site at Much Wenlock in Shropshire. It’s about a ten-minute walk into the small town along a safe footpath and it is well worth the energy.
When we visited we were one of just two tents on the site but there were plenty of other pitches when it gets busier. The pitches are large and mostly level with the site having been terraced to even out the slope.
The facilities didn’t look particularly nice from the outside but that wasn’t helped by the cold, grey February weather, but, once inside, they were surprisingly good, very clean and warm. There is also an indoor washing-up facility.
There is no formal play area for children but there are ample opportunities to burn some of that energy off as the site has direct access to Wenlock Edge and is within easy distance of The Long Mynd and Cardingmill Valley.
Much Wenlock is a beautiful medieval town in Shropshire. There are many fine examples of architecture from Georgian and Victorian eras as well as medieval ones. My favourite building is the Guildhall which is open to the public from April to October on Fridays through to Mondays. This was home to The Court Room, The Council Chamber, The Corn Market and The Prison House. If you like history then this little town is steeped in it and is not to be missed. Other places to visit include:
- Wenlock Priory – the priory originally dates back to an Anglo-Saxon monastery built in around 680 AD. An audio tour tells you the full story of the priory which is now an English Heritage site.
- Much Wenlock Museum – displays here give more information about the history of the town and the priory as well as geological information about Wenlock Edge
- For something a little more energetic and exciting, there is The Edge Adventure Activities. Choose from activities such as Segway riding, clay pigeon shooting, archery and more.
- Wenlock Edge is a 15-mile limestone escarpment that started life as a coral reef. As well as the obvious walks and cycling paths, the National Trust hold occasional activity days which include shelter building and food foraging.
- National Trust properties nearby include Attingham Park at Atcham and Benthall Hall at Broseley
There are a variety of options for eating out in Much Wenlock. Although we didn’t eat out when we were there, we did use the George and Dragon Inn on the High Street. This was a very friendly pub that welcomes dogs. It serves up good food and cask ales. You certainly won’t go hungry – Much Wenlock has a further two pubs that both serve meals, and a number of café’s and tea rooms.
Sytche Caravan & Camping
Off Farley Road
Tel: 01952 726701
Tel: 01952 727679
Address: Much Wenlock Visitor Information Centre, The Museum, High Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6HR
Local produce, including a selection of cheeses, can be found at The Wenlock Deli and Café on the High Street. A local fruit and vegetable market is held on Tuesday and Saturdays and a Farmers Market is held on the first, third and fifth Friday each month. The markets can be found in the Butter Market under the Guildhall on Wilmore Street and the Corn Exchange on High Street.
Did You Know?
Much Wenlock was the birthplace of Dr William Penny Brookes who was the inspiration for the modern Olympic Movement and founder of the Wenlock Olympian Society. One of the London 2012 mascots was named Wenlock in recognition of this.