Caravan Rally Field

Shropshire Caravan Rally Field opening in May 2018.

Our new rally field allows the easy siting of around 20 caravans in two rows of 10 with panoramic views across several counties and is sheltered by a hedge to the South.  It is a grassed area and therefore only available in drier months.

Although our Caravan & Motorhome Club CL has been running for over 35 years, a rally field at Birch Hill is a new venture for us, however you may rest assured that we have a good track record in looking after our guests, having won the Caravan Club ‘CL of the Year’ national award and been voted ‘Best Small Site’ in the UK on three separate occasions.

The rally field will be totally separate from the CL – out of sight, on the other side of our farmhouse.

We have gone through an extensive programme of draining, levelling and re-seeding the field to be used for rallies.   We are in the process of installing a separate chemical disposal point and mains water supply.  To allow the ground to settle and grass to re-grow, we plan to delay opening until late May 2018.

We are now taking advance bookings from rally organisers:  please ring us on 01691 622951.

Ellesmere is a quiet market town, dating from Saxon times, and known as the lake district of Shropshire, with glacial meres adjoining rural canals.  We are on the Welsh/Shropshire border – just 2 miles from North Wales and 5 miles from Cheshire – about an hour from Liverpool, Manchester and the north-side of Birmingham.  In the locality there are plenty tourist attractions such as castles, National Trust properties, steam railways & abundant bird-life.  The historic cities of Chester and Shrewsbury are nearby.

Ellesmere is well-provided with shops, pubs and parking and hosts many popular events each year.  Here are some planned events during the drier months when the rally field will be open.  We are about a mile from Ellesmere and there is a footpath with street lighting  along the main road (note that this footpath can be narrow in places).

The following list is taken from the official 2018 Ellesmere calendar.  Please check with event organisers to confirm dates – we have provided links where possible.  Full details of 2018 events are not all public and some of these links might relate to previous years, but are shown to give you an idea of what to expect.

Date Event Comments
16-17 Jun 18Ellesmere Food & Drink FestivalRally booked by Shropshire Centre Caravan & Motorhome Club
1 Jul 18Ellesmere Rotary Regatta
10-12 Aug 18Ellesmere Summer Festival
25 Aug 18Ellesmere Carnival
26 Aug 18Ellesmere 10k Run
15 Sep 18Ellesmere Merefest

Birch Hill Caravan Club CL
Birch Hill
  • Level 100m x 20m rally field with far reaching views over rolling green hills.
  • Mains water
  • Chemical Disposal Point
  • Easy access
  • Good TV reception
  • Dogs welcome under control
  • First marshal running the rally is not charged for the pitch provided that there are least 10 paying outfits each night
  • Up to 2 marshals may arrive after 9am on the first day
  • Remainder of ralliers are to arrive after 12 noon
  • Departure up to 4pm on the last day

Here are some ideas for activties in the local area.  Most are within about an hour’s drive, many are much closer:

 SaturdaySundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
National Trust / Historic Houses / MuseumsShrewsbury Castle museum Chirk Castle (NT)Erddig (NT) Wrexham Sunnycroft (NT) Telford Benthall Hall (NT)Powis Castle & gardens (NT)Attingham Park (NT)
Child-friendlyPark Hall Farm Countryside Experience (incl Welsh Guards army museum). 10-pin BowlingTechniquest science discovery centre or Cinema – both in WrexhamBlists Hill Victorian Town or Enginuity – both at IronbridgeActon Scott Historic Working Farm, Church Stretton SY6 6QNBritish Ironwork Centre , Oswestry SY11 4JH (good for adults too)Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker , French Lane, Nantwich CW5 8APLlangollen – steam railway & horse-drawn canal trip
Towns (market days)Oswestry ShrewsburyShrewsbury & Chirk Airfield car boot saleWrexhamEllesmere (morning). ShrewsburyOswestry. Shrewsbury (river boat trip)WemOswestry Shrewsbury Whitchurch
WalksWelshampton circuit - start at Ellesmere MereChirk Castle start by CAMC site entranceCanal towpath – Llangollen CanalColemere circuitOswestry Hill FortAlderford LakeCanal Central Maesbury Marsh
Eating-out (all have dog-friendly areas)Boathouse, EllesmereRoyal Oak, Bangor on DeeRed Lion, EllesmereDickin Arms, LoppingtonMad Jacks or Narrow Boat Sun Inn, WelshamptonCross Foxes, Erbistock
Dog-Friendly Days OutHawkstone Park FolliesLlangollen – railway & canal tripBlists Hill Victorian Town, IronbridgeAlderford LakeColemere Rodney’s Pillar, Breidden HillsOswestry Hill Fort or Old Racecourse
GardensDorothy Clive Garden in Clive Market DraytonHodnet Hall Gardens, Hodnet, Market Drayton, TF9 3NNBodnant Cardens, Colwyn BayDingle @ The Quarry ShrewsburyNess Gardens Neston Road, Little Neston, Ness, CH64 4AYBiddulph Grange, StaffordshireWollerton Old Hall Garden Market Drayton
Garden CentresDerwen Garden Centre (have lunch at The Orangery)Moreton Garden Centre GledridBellis’ – Holt, WrexhamCountry Garden Rose Plant Centre, Hadnall Shrewsbury SY4 3DHGrosvenor Garden Centre Near Chester Coed y Dinas WelshpoolDobbie’s Garden World Shrewsbury
Ancient monumentsHaughmond Abbey (EH)Lilleshall Abbey (EH)Stokesay Castle (EH) Craven ArmsValle Crucis (Cadw) LlangollenBeeston Castle (EH)Rodney’s Pillar, Breidden HillsChester Walls

Walking.

Golf Courses.  There are eight golf clubs and nine 18-hole golf courses within 16 miles of Birch Hill – see our website for details – https://www.birchhill.co.uk/local-information/golf-courses-near-ellesmere-shropshire/

Cycle Hire.  A local firm has bicycles for hire and will deliver to / collect from Birch Hill.  Electric-assisted bikes also available – http://www.amerecycle.co.uk/

Shops.

  • Shrewsbury boasts the largest number of independent retailers in the UK (as opposed to large chain-stores) – about 18 miles by road.
  • Chester is well worth a trip – about 25 miles from Birch Hill.
  • Also consider a trip to Cheshire Oaks designer outlet – https://www.mcarthurglen.com/uk/cheshire-oaks-designer-outlet/en/

Seaside.  Welsh coast – Rhyl, Prestatyn and Llandudno are just over an hour.  Prestatyn is quieter than Rhyl.  Llandudno is more refined.

Mountains.  We are about 1¼ hrs from Betws-y-Coed in the heart of Snowdonia – the highest mountains in Wales.

Theatres.

  • Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury – 18 miles by road
  • Theatre Clwyd, Mold – 25 miles by road.
  • Theatre Hafren, Newtown – 39 miles by road.
  • Liverpool – several theatres – just over an hour by road
  • Manchester – several theatres – about 1 hr 20 minutes by road

Cinemas.

  • Odeon, Wrexham – 11 miles by road
  • Cineworld, Shrewsbury – 20 miles by road
  • Ellesmere Town Hall ‘Reels on Wheels’ – last Wednesday of each month
  • Wem Town Hall – http://www.wemtownhall.co.uk/ – 10 miles by road

Swimming Pools.

  • Plas Madoc – great for families – easy slope into the water, wave machine and water-slide.
  • Wrexham – traditional rectangular pool, plus Jacuzzi, large whirlpool and rubber-ring water-slide.
  • Shrewsbury – very deep pool with diving boards and long water-slide

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