Day 31 & 32 – Oswestry – a pleasant surprise!

Our next stop on Wednesday was at the Camping & Caravanning Clubs Site at Oswestry.  We had decided to stop for a couple of nights and this proved to be very worthwhile as I will explain.

The site itself is a few miles outside the town of Oswestry and is just off the A5, making access to the surrounding area very easy.  The site is well laid out with all the main pitches being hardstanding.  There was also a dedicated dog walk area, which is secure, meaning once again the dogs can have a free run for a while.  We settled in with the intention of visiting the town of Oswestry the following day.

The weather was remaining dry which meant we could have a pleasant walk with the dogs in town, which we did.  In fact, the Town was so pleasant we put the dogs back in the Granny so that Irene and I could have a stroll on our own, which we thoroughly enjoyed.  Oswestry is one of those towns that doesn’t seem to have lost it’s identity as it has a myriad of small, independant shops but with the larger stores, Aldi, Lidl and Morrisons on the outskirts.  It has a nice pedestrian precinct with lots of small shops and additionally the town has numerous side turnings and alleyways again with even more shops.  Certainly a town well worth the visit.

On the way to Oswestry we had passed the British Ironworks Museum that was free to enter and looked quite interesting, so on our way back to the site we decided to call in.  We are so glad we did.

Apart from the dogs going berserk at the artificial metal horses, deer, apes and pigs, it was a real eye opener.  A free museum of iron artwork, modern and vintage.  The ‘showroom’ area was massive and a complete ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of historical items of everything metal, both mass produced as well as individual items of an artistic nature.  We spent a very enjoyable hour here and we didn’t really see it all. There was so much to see we probably missed half of it and we had to stop for tea to save our feet.  Take a look at the photos and next time you are in the area, give it a look.

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