100 acres of woodland and meadows on the site of an old RAF camp. A level site with wheelchair accessible gates ideal for the disabled or elderly.

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Nearest to

Bridgnorth

Parking

Free car park on right hand side of Industrial Estate Access Road. Height restriction barrier.

Location

Located just off the A454 Bridgnorth to Wolverhampton Road.

Postcode

WV15 5HN

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.531541, -2.3847059

Opening times

Dawn until dusk daily.

About

Not far from the market town of Bridgnorth is Stanmore Country Park. 100 acres of woodlands and open areas just waiting to be explored. Visit in spring to wild flowers in our meadows, in autumn for a walk under golden trees or anytime of the year to get out in the fresh air.

Stanmore Country Park is a wonderful park at the edge of Bridgnorth. Paths weave through woodland and grassland offering wonderful opportunities for peaceful walks. The paths around the site are generally level and hard-surfaced, some running along the old concrete roads remnant of RAF Bridgnorth. Because of this the park is popular with disabled users and pushchairs.

Stanmore Country Park was formerly the site of RAF Bridgnorth Training Camp from 1939-1963. It was here that young RAF recruits came to do their 8 weeks of basic training or ‘square bashing’ as it was referred to. The appearance of the site today bears little resemblance to its days as a training camp. The only recognisable remains of the camp today are the old concrete roads on the Hobbins side of the park and the chimney of the old camp’s cookhouse on the Russell Close side of the park. This is now a memorial to all those who did their basic training on the site. The current car park is located on what would have been one of the camp’s four parade grounds. The rest of the site was dominated by barrack huts, parade grounds, sports fields, bath houses, a camp cinema, classrooms, offices and equipment stores.

There are two housing estates bordering the park known as ‘The Hobbins’ and ‘Russell Close.’ The Hobbins were the married airmen’s quarters, whilst Russell Close was the married officer’s quarters.

The park opened in 1994. It is now managed to encourage wildlife and diversify habitats. Bird boxes have been installed, wildflower meadows created and the plantation woodland is being thinned and coppiced to create glades to encourage wildflowers and insects. Rare black poplar trees are present in small quantities on site. In 2009, several nationally scarce species of hoverfly were found making use of dead wood on site. Some local schools make use of the park for environmental education work.

A wonderful play area at one end of the park has goal posts for local young people to make use of. There are also picnic tables throughout the site. This is a local park for all the family to enjoy! The park also links very well with the public rights of way network, forming a useful starting point for walks around the lovely countryside in this part of Shropshire.

Things to see and do

  • Weave your way around our woodland paths to explore the old RAF Training Camp.
  • Take a look at the new wildflower meadow created by the Friends of Stanmore Country Park.
  • Use Stanmore Country Park as a base to explore the wider area using public rights of way.

Getting there

Arriva bus 890 which runs from Bridgnorth to Wolverhampton.

Located just off the A454 Bridgnorth to Wolverhampton Road.

Located on a number of rights of way in the area.

Join in

Friends of Stanmore Country Park organise meetings and practical work parties. They are always looking for new volunteers. The group meets regularly and carries out practical tasks throughout the year. For more information please ring 01746 781192.

Web links

RAF Bridgnorth