Oscar Wilde’s Travels: Shropshire

Our family mini break this summer to the beautiful Shropshire Hills! We always do our best to find dog friendly locations so we can ensure Oscar enjoys his trip and we can relax knowing he’s welcome wherever we go. However, we never expected such a warm welcome from cafés, restaurants, historic sites, pubs and retail shops! Shropshire has to be one of the most dog friendly locations we’ve visited to date. Oscar gives it a definite paw up!

We stayed at a beautiful barn conversion, Hop Pickers House just outside Tenbury Wells; a lovely small ancient market town. This stunning little house was an absolute haven for our quiet mini break of board games, countryside walks and afternoon teas. A wonderfully dog friendly residence with luxurious blankets, handy bowls and plenty of towels for your furry friend!

Our first couple of days away saw a break in the extreme summer heat. Instead, we were greeted with a weekend of showers which was a relief as we three could all enjoy a cooler break!

Our first visit was to explore Tenbury Wells, where we found a delightful little coffee shop and art gallery all in one! The Spotty Dog Team Room & Gallery offers wonderfully home made sandwiches, cakes, hot food and more! What’s more your dog is very welcome to join you at your table (well, on the floor anyway!) whilst you enjoy the tasty delights they have to offer. After tea and cake you can enjoy flicking through the many pretty prints and paintings they have on display, from both well known and local artists. A truly lovely way to start our break. And… cream tea comes with TWO scones each!!

Once the weather dried up a little we headed out to explore the countryside. Just north of Tenbury is the food centre of Shropshire… Ludlow! But before we embarked on a second cream tea we decided to stretch our legs in Mortimer Forest. This lush and peaceful forest has a variety of way-marked trails, from an accessible 1 mile strole to challenging 9 mile trek with stunning views and everything in between! We were spoilt for choice. Although with the weather remaining pretty warm we decided the Black Pool Loop Trail at 1.5miles was just about right for the two of us and Oscar’s shorter legs! You can find all the trails on the Trail Map. Check out the slide show below.

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After a lovely walk in the forest we headed into Ludlow where we were given a very warm welcome by all, especially by Bakers of Tower Street where we had our second cream tea! Again, Oscar was made to feel at home with cuddles and tickles from the lovely staff, a bowl of water to freshen up and a treat or two from passing locals. Every shop we visited was very happy to welcome our pooch, even White Stuff, Fat Face and a lovely little jewellery store… all with tasty treats.

On our final day we headed to Clun, a quiet but pictureque town on the western side of the Shropshire Hills, a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Again, we decided to try the local cream tea (our third in four days!) at the Bridge Coffee Shop. Yet again, Oscar was welcomed but this time with a hot sausage!! Thank you! Yum Yum Woof Woof!

After exploring the local streets and popping into the The Sun Inn for a game of chess we headed up the hill for a walk to the viewpoint at Sunnyhill. The route through woodland was exquisitely peaceful. We even saw a large bird of prey (a little too far off to make out exactly what it was!). It’s fair to say this was a fabulous way to spend our last day in Shropshire. Just check out the view!

So that was our last excursion in the stunning countryside in and around Shropshire. However, decided we needed another cream tea! So we stopped off at Witley Court and Gardens on our way home. Only to discover yet another fabulously dog friendly attraction! Isn’t it splendid?!

Oscar’s summary review of Shropshire… absolutely WOOF-TASTIC!!!



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