We are perfectly situated to take in a wide range of activities for every budget and interest…of course you can always stay at your pitch and just relax! We’ve listed some great days out, local restaurants and walks with links to websites for you to follow and driving time from site to help plan your stay.
Eating Out? Tried and tested by us and campers….
Castle Bistro, Chirk – cosy bistro serving classic Italian dishes, burgers, breakfast, lunch and dinner, eat in or take-away, 5 minutes.
Teddy Bears Tearoom, Chirk – friendly tearoom for hot drinks, sandwiches, cakes and sunday roast, 5 minutes.
Castle Tandori, Chirk – modern Indian restaurant, eat in or take-away, 5 minutes.
Anisa, Chirk – traditional Indian restaurant, eat in or take-away, 5 minutes.
The Stanton House Inn, Chirk – classic pub grub and beers, the Chirk ‘local’, 5 minutes
The Cornmill, Llangollen – town centre, great pub food, eat in or on the terrace above the river, pre-booking recommended. 20 minutes.
Deeside Cafe Bistro, Llangollen – town centre dog friendly all day café, 20 minutes.
Three Eagles, Llangollen – town centre, top quality pub dining, pre-booking recommended, 20 minutes.
The Cross Foxes, Erbistock – dog friendly pub food on the river, eat in or out, pre-booking recommended, 20 minutes.
The Boat at Erbistock, Erbistock – high end pub dining next to the river, eat in or out, pre-booking recommended, 20 minutes.
The Sun Trevor, Trevor – canalside pub eat in or out and very dog friendly, great access straight off the canal, 15 minutes.
The Telford Inn, Trevor (Pontcysyllte Aqueduct) – dog friendly local pub, great for chips outside watching the canal boats. 10 minutes.
The Greyhound, St Martins – classic pub grub, dog friendly, big beer garden. 10 minutes.
Rhug Estate Organic Farm, Corwen. A perfect stopover on the scenic A5 route between Snowdonia and the campsite, the Rhug Estate has a fabulous farmshop, cafe, takeaway and drive thru!
Chirk Castle – National Trust castle and gardens, 10 minutes
Erddig – National Trust castle and gardens, 15 minutes
Powis Castle – National Trust house and gardens 40 minutes
Plas Newydd – 17th century gothic house and gardens, 10 minutes
Whittington Castle – 12th century castle ruins and moat, 20 minutes
The ancient city of Chester is only 30 minutes away and accessible by park and ride, you can explore the Roman City Walls and ampitheatre, visit the Cathedral or enjoy the beautiful high street with medieval galleried shops.
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens – 40 minutes, acres of formal gardens, lakes and arboretum
Bodnant Garden – 1 hour 15 mins, National Trust gardens well worth a visit if touring North Wales particularly for the laburnum walk in June.
Dorothy Clive Garden – 1 hour, created by Colonel Clive in the 1940s to provide therapy for his wife diagnosed with Parkinsons.
Ness Botanic Gardens – 45 minutes, run by Liverpool University, 64 acres of gardens to explore.
Try Chester Zoo for a day out to remember – book in advance to avoid the queues and allow a whole day. Take a picnic if on a budget. 30 mintues.
If you have younger children Park Hall Farm near Oswestry is great fun with plenty of outdoor and indoor activities. 20 minutes.
Xplore! is a science discovery centre which opened in Wrexham in September 2020 offering plenty of educational activities. 20 minutes.
Llangollen Steam Railway offers a 10 mile journey to Corwen and often has themed days. 15 minutes.
Explore Ty Mawr Country Park – there is a 1 mile walk plus farm animals, a play area, cafe and riverside walks along the Dee up to the foot of the Pontycysyllte Aqueduct (1.5 miles from the park). Parking is £1. 10 minutes.
Alyn Waters Country Park is the largest park in the area has lots of walking routes where you can paddle in the gentle Alyn River, there are also two large play areas and a cafe. Guests report some great geocaches around the park too. 15 minutes.
Nant Mill and Plas Power Woods managed by The Woodland Trust is a quieter walk with winding footpaths through picturesque woodlands and waterfalls. Follow this link for a detailed walk on the Countryfile website. 20 minutes.
Hawkstone Park Follies is set in 100 acres of gardens and grounds full of paths, caves, bridges and follies to explore for hours on end. 1 hour drive from site.
Cambrian Heritage Railways open for the first time in 2021 following extensive restoration. Board at Oswestry and take a two mile ride to Weston Pools and Stonehouse Brewery Beer and BBQ restaurant. 20-30 minutes.
North Wales hosts some wonderful towns and scenery. Try the round day trip from the site up the main A55 route to Llandudno and then chose the scenic A5 to travel back through the Snowdonia park and stunning mountainscapes. The route is 135 miles with 3-3.5 hours driving in total but why not plan a few stops including fish and chips on the beach at Llandudno and see if you can spot wild goats on The Great Orme, follow the coastal road and explore Conwy Castle and then stop for a walk at Lyn Ogwen before winding your way across country to Llangollen and back to site.
Love the water?
This area is surrounded by the beautiful Llangollen and Shropshire Canal system. In Chirk you can cross the Chirk Aqueduct which straddles the border and take a walk through ‘The Darkie’ – one of the earliest canal tunnels with a towpath. Follow the canal either towards Oswestry or Llangollen.
A short drive away is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct that spans the Dee – part of the 11 mile World Heritage Site that includes Thomas Telford’s stunning work of engineering. Car parking is available on the north side of the Dee at Trevor.
Love to walk?
We are surrounded by beautiful scenery with plenty of places to walk. Try the Panorama Walk and Offas Dyke with it’s vistas across the Vale of Llangollen or test your legs and explore Castell Dinas Bran, a medieval castle ruin high above the town. You could venture further afield and explore countryside surrounding Horseshoe Falls where the Dee feeds the canals or the Horseshoe Mountain Pass with its stunning views across the Clwydian Range, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Ellesmere offers a relaxing level walk around the mere with plenty of opportunities for birdwatching and coffee breaks.
We very much recommend Velvet Hills for guided walks in the area.
Love to relax?
Contact Chelsea at Loving Life In Wellies for outdoors yoga in the stunning Ceiriog Valley or Jane at Derwen Yoga for local classes. If you are looking for a spa escape try The Wynnstay Hotel Spa in Oswestry or The Llangollen Spa at the Wild Pheasant Inn at Llangollen.
Love to have fun?
North Wales is perfect for anyone seeking an adrenalin fix! Llangollen offers plenty of opportunity for white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking and river tubing.
Llandegla Forest has mountain bike trails and Offa’s Dyke passes through the Forest.
The Snowdonia National Park is an hours drive – there are many centres where you can try almost any outdoor activity you can think of, for older children GoBelow and ZipWorld centres are great for a big day out.
Mynydd Sleddog Adventures – dog sledding and dog hiking near Llyn Brenig Reservoir
One Planet Adventure, Llandegla – mountain biking
Bearded Men Adventures, llangollen – canoeing, archery & axe throwing, canyoning, mountaineering, river tubing, white water rafting
TNR Adventures, Llangollen – canoeing, gorgewalking, kayaking, indoor axe throwing, rifle shooting and archery
Bear Trax, Llangollen – e-bike hire
Velvet Hills, Llangollen – guided and self guided walks
Springhill Farm, Oswestry – horse riding with local trekking and lessons
A Mere Cycle, Ellesmere – bicycle hire offering free delivery, just let us know if you’d like bikes delivered to the site
Anglo Welsh, Llangollen – canal day boat hire
Whittington Wharf, Ellesmere – canal day boat hire