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 4 miles away and is a delightful market town and the oldest one in the country, it is internationally renowned for its Joyce clocks dating back to the 1650`s and is known as “The Home Of Clock Towers”
The town has many eateries including Docket 33 and Etzios which is a superb italian restaurant.
This lovely town is also home to Alderford Lake which has wild swimming, Kayaking and paddleboarding with a lovely tearoom for refreshments afterwards. Whitchurch is a “Walkers Welcome Town” and has 15 circular walks starting from the town onto the Sandstone Trail and the Shropshire Way, the walks are easy with mostly kissing gates and range from 3-15 miles. The Whitchurch Walking Festival is held every May over 3 days with over 30 walks planned. Oaks Farm Icecream is a haven for icecream lovers and they make their own unique flavours using only fresh ingredients and served with a friendly smile, stop for a cone whilst on the way to Ellesmere. Just outside Whitchurch is Bolesworth Castle which host many events and festivals as well as Oulton Park for its car racing and superbikes.
Nantwich is a 25 minute drive away and is home to beautiful Tudor buildings including Churches Mansions. Take a stroll through time around this lovely town and visit the quant shops and pubs.
Just outside the town is Reaseheath Mini Zoo and Snugburys Icecream farm which are well worth a visit as well as Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre.
Chester is only 35 minutes away with its lovely parks and gardens including the Chester Roman Gardens and Chester Zoo with all the beautiful animals. The spectacular Chester Cathedral is a must see as well as the Grosvenor Museum.
Shrewsbury town is half an hour away and is well worth a visit. Plan a boat ride on the River Severn or visit the new visitor attraction called the Flax Mill.
Audlem is 10 minutes away and is a pretty canalside village with tearooms and shops including a very good Indian/pizza take-away. There are lovely walks along the canal including the Staircase Locks and this can be walked to the boat marina or take a trip on the Audlem Lass which travels from the marina to the village (all donations will be appreciated for the Lifeboat charity) on the way back, stop off at the Shroppy Fly Pub which is on the canal for delicious food.
Just outside Audlem is Dagfields Craft and Antique Centre with all sorts to see and so grab a bargain and then head to the pie shop to taste their home-made pies and pastys. The Secret Bunker is a must for the war enthusiast and is perfect to go and visit on a wet day as all underground, the most haunted programme was filmed here and so dont go if you are scared of ghosts!!
Bridgemere Garden World and The Dorothy Clive Gardens are perfect places for the budding gardener with beautiful strolls around their gardens.
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 a 5 minutes drive.
The White Lion at Ash is also local to us and is a community owned pub and has been voted the best pub in the country. The Lion Dens are a talking point whilst eating in or out.
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.