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Canal Side Caravan Site

Yew Tree Cottage

31 Grindley Brook

SY13 4QJ


Easy to get to – just off the A41 Whitchurch by-pass, this is a small, quiet site, owned and run by a friendly family. Kept neat and tidy, with coded locks on entrance and towpath gates keeping it secure.

As befits the notice at the entrance “Strictly no children beyond this point”, it was occupied by a few pre-children couples, but mostly by post-children couples. If you have visitors (up to two), they are charged £2 each, and £2 to bring their car inside the gate (but not up to the caravan).

The site has a smaller, lower field of about ten pitches, and a larger sloping field with about forty further pitches. About half a dozen are seasonal pitches, the rest for usual use by visitors. Alternatively, caravan storage is available in an adjacent locked compound (from a conversation with someone who used this facility, this seemed to be relatively inexpensive, but you would need to check this out), and the owners will move the stored caravans onto a pitch (at normal rates) when required.

Pitches are crushed stone to the width of a caravan and awning, so no dead grass/mud-under-groundsheets problems. Water, electricity, tv and waste water drain are to all pitches.

The main toilet/shower (50p for 5 or 6 minutes, and 30p to use a hairdryer) and bin area is between the two fields, and, whilst not new, is perfectly satisfactory. There is a collection of eight different recycling bins (including dog bin), to suit the requirements of the local authority. A newer toilet block is at the entrance to the site but, because of its position, seems little used.

Grindley Brook is two things – above canal level the busy A41 is fortunately not intrusive thanks to a speed restriction and double bend, plus buildings between the site and the road. Adjacent the site entrance is a petrol station with a useful shop, and opposite is a pub (food available). Otherwise not much else.

However, going through the gate from the lower field direct onto the Llangollen Canal towpath, the immediate view is a different, picture postcard world of gardens and cottages. Three fairly close canal locks lead to a staircase of three linked locks – a gongoozler’s paradise. Alongside the staircase is a good café/tea shop selling ice cream and some groceries, where you can sit and watch the boats struggle up and down the staircase.

For the energetic, a further 30-40 minutes walk along the towpath takes you to the Whitchurch canal arm and a pleasant walk into Whitchurch itself.

Further afield, a short drive takes you to the delightful town of Nantwich, with Whitchurch and Ellesmere (with another canal arm) also close; the old town of Chester (straight up the A41) is a bit further, but well worth a visit. Motor home users should note, however, that buses from Grindley Brook site are two-hourly.

Mobile phone connection is a bit iffy; internet connection almost impossible, and there is no Wi-Fi available.

We liked this site very much, and we will return.

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