We are very lucky to have quite a few National Trust Houses within 50 minutes away.
Attingham Park is our favourite, with its beautifully decorated mansion and at Christmas time it is decked out with lots of Xmas trees and so magical. The grounds have some lovely walks including a stroll through the deer park.
Little Moreton Hall
Hodnet Hall and Gardens are our favourites and the lakeside walk is wonderful, especially spring or autumn as the trees have the most lovely shades of colour. The tearoom produces tasty food and refreshments.
Wollerton Gardens (The country’s most beautiful gardens)
Bridgemere Garden World
Dorothy Clive Gardens (Wonderful tearoom)
Biddulph Grange Gardens
Hadnal Rose Gardens
Ness Botanic Gardens
Arley Hall and Gardens
Whitchurch is only 4 miles away and has an abundance of tearooms and charity shops with good restaurants. There are big supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Iceland, Aldi and Lidl.
Audlem is a pretty canalside village with tearooms and shops including a very good Indian/pizza take-away. Overwater Marina is worth a visit and can be got to by travelling on the Audlem Lass or by car.
Nantwich 20 minutes
Chester 35 minutes
Shrewsbury 30 minutes
Cheshire Oaks 45 minutes
The Olde Jack Inn in Calverhall is our local eatery and serves very tasty food with generous portions (farmer portions) and is also dog friendly. There is a footpath walk to this pub from Ightfield which will take you 20 minutes to get there or less than 5 minutes drive. We also have a very good indian restaurant called Spiced Heaven which will deliver to our cottages.
The White Lion at Ash
Combermere Arms at Burleydam (Brunning and Price )
The Bhurtpor in Aston (Good selection of beers)
The Shroppy Fly in Audlem
The Secret Bunker
Dagfields Antique Aporium and pie shop
RAF Cosford Museum
Ironbridge and Gorge
Blist Hill Museums
Black Country Museum
The British Ironworks
Pistyllder WaterFalls and walks
Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre and Wildlife Park
Reaseheath Mini Zoo
Shrewsbury Museums including the prison
Anderton Boat Lift
Blue Planet Aquarium
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
Ness Botanic Gardens
Lion Salt Works
Llangollen Railway and The Horse shoe Pass
Severn Valley Railway
Cheshire farm icecream
Alderford Lake wild swimming and water activities
Alderford Lake is only 10 minutes away. There is a water playground and paddle boarding on the lake as well as wild swimming.
Go-Ape Delemere Forest
Cheshire Farm Icecream and Outdoor Childrens Activities
We are lucky to be near the Sandstone Trail and the Shropshire Way which has a long-distance path of 190 miles.
Whitchurch has 12 circular walks ranging from 2.3 to 15-mile walks which have been put into a book by the Whitchurch Walkers and can be purchased from the Civic Centre in Whitchurch.
Ightfield also has walks from the door which lead to The Olde Jack Inn and The White Lion.
Brown Moss Nature Reserve is only 10 minutes away and well worth a visit. There are woodland walks around the lake and also a Chef In The Woods who sells his homemade pies and cakes.
Audlem has a selection of circular walks which all feature The Shropshire Union Canal and the Weaver Way.
Hawkestone Follies is a wonderful day out with its grotto and follies. There are steep steps to be taken at the start of this walk.
Ellesmere is a lovely town with its two lakes. Numerous walks around the lakes and very scenic.
Long Mynd is Fantastic walking country with splendid views but it does have some steep ascents.
Haughmond Forest and Delemere Forest Beautiful walking amongst the trees and nature and only 30 minutes away.