Shopping: The nearest small shop is in Hanwood (the little village you drove through to get here). It is a Costcutter and is fine for basics – but that’s all. There is also a post office.
In Pontesbury (turn right out of our drive and follow the road for about 3 miles) there are a few nice/useful shops: Hignets is a lovely local produce shop on the left as you drive in just before the church, Hignet’s is a bakers, butchers and grocery shop. Further into Pontesbury round the one way bit after the church there is a Co-op and a post office on the right and a chemist further down on the left. The closest big supermarket is Sainsbury’s at Meole Brace. (Back through Hanwood to the roundabout. Turn right at the roundabout onto the A5 and then left at the next roundabout. Take the next right and then left into the shopping complex. There is also a Boots, Sports Direct, Next and Next Home, Pound shop, TK Maxx, Halfords, Macdonalds and Toys R Us here.
You can also get into Shrewsbury via this turn off. This is also the cheapest closest Petrol.
Shrewsbury: Gorgeous medieval town that just has to be explored. Loads of great shops, restaurants, places to visit. Follow link for all the info you will need. http://www.originalshrewsbury.co.uk/
The nearest is The Cock Inn just in the village. You could walk to it in 20 mins. We’ve never been, so I can’t recommend it, but I am sure its fine!?!
One I have been to is the newly refurbished Nagg’s Head on the main road to Pontesbury.
There’s also a nice Pub called The Plough down Church Street in Pontesbury. This is a road to the left before you get to Hignett’s.
The Horse Shoe Inn at Bridges – about 10-15 mins drive from us- has a nice walk from it. See the separate brochure print out named ‘Adstone Walk’ http://www.thebridgespub.co.uk/ you may need to book if there’s a few of you. Bridges, Shrewsbury SY5 0ST, Ratlinghope T:01588 650260
Ironbridge Gorge Museum is a collection of several Museums, monuments and buildings that make up the World Heritage Site. Here is a link to their website: www.ironbridge.org.uk
There is loads to do here and it is really beautiful. I highly recommend the Victorian Village. I can get you free entry to any of the museums for up to 4 people – so email me or just come and find one of us and let us know when you want to visit. firstname.lastname@example.org
Walks and nice places to visit:
These are really close by and very interesting – fun for kids to explore, too. Little car park on the right then walk up the hill. Very easy. There is also a pub further up the road: The Stiperstones Inn.
In Pontesbury Earl’s Hill nature reserve. Turn left before you come in to Pontesbury and up to the little car park on the left up the hill and past the fishery. From here you can take several walks. I highly recommend going up to the top of the hill. Fabulous views.
There are several books about possible walks in the area etc on the little shelves above you.
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