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

Everyone needs to get away from it all once in a while, but how you do that is very much a personal choice. Some people’s idea of an escape from everyday life is being pampered and waited on, while others prefer a more stripped-back approach. If leaving screens behind, getting a blast of fresh air and letting the kids run barefoot is what you want from a getaway, you could be looking for Wild ConTENTment.

It’s hard not to notice the emphasis on the 'TENT' aspect of this Shropshire site on the English-Welsh border. 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 canalside camping meadow a whopping 11 acres. 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 kayaking on the Montgomery Canal, 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

Our site is all about enjoying nature and wild spaces, camping with green credentials. We offer a range of accommodation over 3 different areas. At the basic end for those wanting a more laid back stay simply hire a camping pitch. Each pitch comes with literally acres of space, parking on-site, perfectly formed compost loo, access to drinking water tap and campfire. A stream flows around the field which everyone has access to. Within the field there are also a few rope swings/rustic play pieces with a large central area for any ball sports you many want to play.  There are no showers other than offered by Beryl (and Anneka).

One camping pitch, Oak, comes with a luxury off-grid Beryl bathroom, a renovated horse trailer, complete with flushing toilet, roll top copper bath, outdoor shower, washing-up sink and event shelter.

There are two 5-man (6 at a push) bell tents for hire which come complete with mattresses, bed linen, pillows and duvets. Each bell tent is hired with your own Beryl bathroom for private use. Towels and toiletries included.

Anneka is our quirkiest invention and sits on a plateau with a great vantage point over the surrounding area. Breathtaking views and all to yourself. Anneka is a renovated horse trailer which comes complete with double mattress, duvet, bed linen and pillows. Her exterior provides outdoor shower with screen, outdoor bath and washing sink. A compost loo is available for private use.

No EHU on site but there are power banks to borrow and access to a fridge and freezer in an outbuilding at the farmhouse. A shop, pub and a range of activities are within walking distance.

If you have a group event in mind we can accommodate larger groups and have local contacts who can provide yoga sessions, bushcraft courses, rock-climbing, willow weaving all on site or a short walk away. 

Suitable For

We allow tents, campervans and caravans. Dogs permitted.

Nearby

There are so many things to do here:

Within walking distance there are great walks and cycles routes on Llynclys common and on the Montgomery canal. Penycoed riding stables are within walking distance, albeit a 1 mile walk. A golf course can be found 1 1/2 miles away. Canoeing/kayaking can be found at a cafe along the towpath of the Montgomery canal. There are several circular walks from the site. Llynclys common and Llanymynech Rock are nature reserves within walking distance. Rock climbing can be arranged at the latter. The Llanymynech heritage area is well worth a visit to see a Hoffman Kiln.

There are many attractions within half an hour:

These include Chester Zoo, Award winning Park Hall Farm, Alderford Lake, Lake Vrynwy, Bala Lake, Pistyll Rhaeder (wales tallest waterfall), Border Trekking, Crocky Trail, Ironbridge (UNESCO site), Wroxeter Roman City, Shrewsbury, Canal Boat Hire, Pontcysyllte Aquaduct (UNESCO site), Hire-a-Canoe, Rednall go-karting, Stonehouse Brewery.

Adrenaline junkies can find lots of thrilling activities 1hr-2hrs away at Zip world in Snowdonia. Wales' west coast beaches are 1hr 45mins away.

Food & Drink

Shropshire has many great eateries.

Cross Guns has good pub grub within walking distance of the site.

Cross Keys at Kinnerley has great food (not the cheapest) with a village park next door, dog and child friendly

Royal Hill is a local pub in a beautiful setting on the River Seven. Good pub grub and very family friendly.

Canal Central is a quaint cafe along the Montgomery canal which can be reached by foot from the site. Great light bites and cake.

Stonehouse brewery in Oswestry (10min drive) does good food with the added benefit of locally brewed award winning Gin and Beer.

Niche Patisserie in Oswestry is a new patisserie by an award winning chef

Hayes Kitchen is a must for anyone eating in Oswestry

Fat Rabbit is an awesome vegan restaurant in Oswestry

Square 1 in Oswestry is an outdoor cafe with amazing breakfast selection.

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The Owner Says

At the intersection of wild, green, nature and convenience lies wild conTENTment, a pop-up, 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 Beryl bathrooms 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 8 pitches across 3 sites over 160 acres so you won't be continually coming across hoards of other tourists.

Pitches

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

Oak- Grass Pitch with Beryl Bathroom

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
One of 5 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.

Anneka the Rice Trailer

Quirky Sleeps 6
Anneka is the quirkiest of our accommodation. She is a perfectly formed renovated off-grid vintage Rice horse trailer perched on a plateau on Penlywn Hill complete with comfy double mattress, bed linen, duvet, outdoor shower, wash facilities and hot water with a spectacular view all to yourself to help you forget the outside world.

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.

Sloe - Grass Pitch (Compost Toilet)

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 2 Available
One of 5 pitches in the Canalside 11-acre field. The pitch comes with great views, access to drinking water tap, compost toilet and fire pit.

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Location

Contact Wild conTENTment, New House Farm SY10 8BT

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Getting There

From the A483 Oswestry: take the A483 towards Welshpool at Mile End roundabout just outside Oswestry. Stay on the road for just under 4 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 dual carriageway. Take the 1st 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 approx  2 miles. Go over the little bridge and after a further 3 miles take the 2nd turning left which is on the little crossroads, down the road named Long Lane. 

Nearest train station Gobowen- 6 miles away

Nearest bus station Llyncys crossroads- 1 mile away

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