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Wild conTENTment

UK England West Midlands Shropshire Oswestry

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Wild-ish but family-friendly camping and glamping on a canalside farm on the English-Welsh border

Dreaming of logging off, leaving the screens behind and escaping to a grassy meadow beside a quiet canal? perhaps letting the kids scamper barefoot through the field, clambering on logs and generally enjoying a bit of fresh air? It can happen. And we know a place with a punny name that fits the bill, smuggled away near the Wales-England border. What you're after is Wild ConTENTment.

It’s hard not to notice the emphasis on the 'TENT' aspect of this Shropshire site. It’s firmly focused on under-canvas stays – but that doesn’t mean you have to set up your own accommodation. In fact, there’s an even spread of camping and glamping here: three pitches for people with their own tents and two kitted-out bell tents – plus a single, quite-separate converted horse trailer. That’s just six pitches in total; the place is small on numbers but big on space, with the main camping meadow covering whopping 11 acres and set alongside a disused canal that's currently undergoing restoration. This all helps contribute to the “wild” at Wild ConTENTment.

The site is the brainchild of Susie and David on whose farm you’ll be staying. David’s family has been here for three generations, but it was only during the 2020 lockdown that they realised that sharing their space could spread a little happiness. And so they sought to offer a kind of wild camping experience – we say “kind of” as, although it’s off-grid and campfire-friendly, there are plenty of add-ons that smooth any rough edges. At the basic level, you can hire a pitch with a stone-circled fire pit and a compost loo. Next up, there’s a pitch with its own horse-box bathroom (called Beryl) complete with a flushing loo and a copper-roll top bath — it’s wild-ish camping with some serious bells on. And, if that’s not enough, there are the bell tents and Anneka the horse trailer for under-a-solid-roof, beds-are-made glamping.

For days out, there’s plenty to see on both sides of the border: waterfalls, lakes, Wroxeter, Shrewsbury, Ironbridge and Chester Zoo. If you don’t fancy getting back in the car, you can walk straight from the site to a pub, a nature reserve or you can join Offa’s Dyke Path and there's a fully stocked shop within half a mile. For activities, there’s kayaking on the Montgomery Canal and some popular local rock climbing spots too. But you might find the most satisfied smiles are found with even simpler pleasures: when your campfire catches alight, when your kids discover the rope swing or when you wake up to the sound of birdsong. That’s wild contentment, indeed.

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Facilities

There's a composting toilet each for two of the three camping pitches. The third pitch, Oak, and the two bell tents each have their own Beryl bathroom: a renovated horse trailer with a flushing toilet, roll-top copper bath, outdoor screened shower, washing-up sink and event shelter. The bell tents are kitted out with mattresses, bed linen, pillows and duvets. Anneka is another renovated horse trailer, which comes complete with a double mattress, duvet, bed linen and pillows. There's an outdoor shower with screen, outdoor bath and washing sink along with a private-use compost loo. The site is off-grid but there's a fridge-freezer available for communal use down at the farm. Each pitch (or accommodation) has a firepit with a grill and logs are for sale on-site at £3 a bag.

Suitable For

Campers, glampers, small campervans, dogs — yes. Motorhomes, caravans — no.

Nearby

There are great walks and cycles routes on Llynclys Common, Llanymynech Rock and on the Montgomery Canal which you can reach on foot from the site. In fact, there's a six-mile circular walk from the site which takes in all of the above and touches on Offa's Dyke Path (which is otherwise accessible at Llanmynech, a 10-minute drive from the site). Penycoed Riding Stables (01691 830608) are also within walking distance at only a mile away and Llanmynech Golf Club (01691 830983) is a mile-and-a-half away. Canoe and kayak hire can be found at Canal Central (01691 652 168), a cafe and hire centre along the towpath of the Montgomery canal at Maesbury Mash (about three miles from the site). There are plenty of other attractions within a 30-minute drive including Lake Vrynwy and Pistyll Rhaeder (Wales' tallest waterfall) on the Welsh side of the border and English Heritage-managed Wroxeter Roman City (01743 761330) and Shrewsbury on the English side, while popular Park Hall Country Experience (01691 671123) is always a hit with younger kids if you fancy meeting animals and exploring the farm.

Food & Drink

The closest pub to the site, Cross Guns (01691 839631), offers good pub grub within walking distance of the site (about two miles away along the canal towpath). A little further away in Kinnerley, five miles from site, the Cross Keys (01691 683 688) is a little more pricey but has great food and is both dog and child friendly with a village park next door. The Royal Hill (01743 741242) is another recommended pub with a beautiful setting on the River Seven, about seven miles from site. For coffee and cake, you can walk along the canal towpath three miles to Canal Central (01691 652 168) or drive five miles to Oswestry where there are lots of options including Niche Patisserie (07528 539974). Stonehouse Brewery (01691 676457, Hayes Kitchen (07934 089185), vegan restaurant Fat Rabbit (07510 949462) and Square 1 are also recommended options in the town.

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The Owner Says

At the intersection of wild, green, nature and convenience lies wild conTENTment, off-grid eco camping experience. At the heart of the experience is our 120-cow dairy farm, New House Farm on the English/Welsh border. We passionately believe that nature is vital to well-being and simplicity is at our core. Our site offers nearly wild camping with little infrastructure in the field except a few essentials such as taps, perfectly formed compost loos, fire pits and log stores. For those a little daunted by the fully wild camping experience we hope to provide enough support and optional luxuries such as en-suite Beryl bathrooms complete with outdoor washing area, flushing loo, hand basin, outdoor shower with screen and copper roll top bath to make your stay with us relaxing and stress-free so all you leave with is an experience of wild contentment.  Pubs and shops are also within walking distance.

We are committed to enriching the landscape and pledge to use at least 10% of the profit we make from wild conTENTment to go into re-wilding schemes around the farm. Our approach to hospitality is one of light touch and accessibility for all. Light touch on the environment and on you. There are 10 pitches over 11 acres so you won't be continually coming across hoards of other tourists.

We have been awarded certification by the Greener camping club and as such one person from each group must be members at a charge of £12 per annum. 

Pitches

Three camping pitches, two bell tents and a converted horse trailer.

Oak- Grass Pitch with Beryl Bathroom

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
One of 10 pitches in the Canalside 11-acre field. The pitch comes with great views, shelter from a big oak tree with access to drinking water tap and a Beryl bathroom in a renovated horse trailer. She has flushing loo, outdoor hot shower, copper roll top bath, bathroom basin and outside sink. There is an undercover area and fire pit included.

exclusive site hire

Exclusive Site Hire Sleeps 40
You can bring up to 8(10 if you don't hire the bell tents) tents/campervans , hire the 2 bell tents, 3 beryl bathrooms and have yourself and a great get-together in 11 acres of fabulous Shropshire countryside. We do still ask that music be turned off after 10.30pm.

Bell Tent and Beryl Bathroom

Bell tent Sleeps 6 2 Available
Fully erected bell tent including mattresses, pillows, duvets and bed linen. Beryl is an off-grid bathroom in a renovated horse trailer and comes with flushing toilet, sink, copper roll top bath, outdoor washing sink and hot water shower. Towels and toiletries included. Seating, event shelter and campfire.

Damson - Grass Pitch (Compost Toilet)

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 6 Available
One of 10 pitches in the Canalside 11-acre field. The pitch comes with great views, with access to drinking water tap, compost toilet and fire pit.

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Location

Contact Wild conTENTment, New House Farm SY10 8BT

Show Map

Getting There

From Oswestry head towards Welshpool on the A483: Stay on the road for just under four miles until you come to Llynclys Crossroads (large green road sign on your left, pub on your right). Turn left. Travel through the housing area and when you come to the first little crossroads (with a chapel) take the turning right down Long Lane.

From the A5 Shrewsbury: Stay on the A5 past Shrewsbury until you come to the Wolfshead roundabout at the end of the short section of the dual carriageway. Take the first turning left for the B4396 signposted for Knockin. Travel through Knockin (looking out for the famous Knockin Shop) and stay on this road (do not fork right) for about two miles. Go over the little bridge and after a further three miles take the second turning left which is on the little crossroads, down the road named Long Lane. 

The nearest train station is Gobowen, six miles away. From there it would be sensible to take a (pre-booked) taxi for the last part of the journey.

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