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The Shady Oak
Bates Mill Lane
Cheshire   (Browse area)
Tel: 01829 730581
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Pitches: 24
Open: 01/03 To 31/10

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 77 Reviews
                7/10 from 77 Reviews

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 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 Electric Hookups   Hardstanding Pitches   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <1 mile   No Cycle Hire   Golf <1 mile   No Tennis 
 No Beach   Watersports <5 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring On Site 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  No Dog Walk 

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Coronavirus Update

Our site is open and we are taking bookings , please be assured you can book with confidence. Our toilets are Open. Our showers are Open. Other communal areas may be restricted - please check with us for more information

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Date of Visit: July 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Gillyarss 3 reviews from this member

 Lovely site and nice facilities but thought a bit too expensive compared to others in the area.

Location was perfect.

Lots of outside and inside space, covid restrictions perfectly in place. 
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Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: ZIZAG 28 reviews from this member

 Camped here after a day on the Sandstone trail, as It was only about 1Km along the Canal towpath.

The pub was closed when

I arrived in the afternoon. No one about for paying for the campsite. A lot of people waiting for for a drink and food and some motorhomes waiting to book in, and phoning a number but ringing out no answer they left, Not to wait any more:

I was In a dilemma as the next campsite was a couple of hours walk away and I had a hard trek 13 miles and very tired. So I waited and lo and behold the Staff turned up at 5. 30pm ☺ So pleased to be able to book in for the night.

I was perturbed and perplexed to be charged a price of 20 for a small one man tent I think it was take it or leave it.

As It was a glorious end to a sunny day I pitched my tent on the sloping field on long grass with a lovely view of Shropshire union canal nice layout of the pub In a prime spot with tables and chairs, gorgeous scenery with Beeston Castle In the background. I was the only tent on-site apart from a large RV on a permanant pitch.

Checked out the wooden cladded toilet block, declined to Use the Shower. As the whole place needed a good clean. The Campsite needs an overall TLC, as It has a lot of potential. I can't understand why Its not looked after, as It has everything going for It I suppose It would be Ok for one night.

Ref: to the pub looked good clean and nice decor, No food available that night as midweek. The barman did give me a menu list for a delivery takeaway local company. 

Date of Visit: September 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Theraes 4 reviews from this member

 We have just returned from the shady oak NEVER again. It is the worst site we have ever visited. 20 a night including electric. 2nd night 4. 30 am electrics failed. In the morning we tried to find some one to report it to but it was 10. 30 before any one was around. Much later the manager arrived to tell us he couldn't understand it, but we had been told that there was a problem. We moved to the other side of the field where the electric was working! But the ground was a soaking mud pitch. All the hardstandings are just big enough to put a small caravan on so each time you went out you were treading in mud and wet grass. The van got filthy! Also there is a charge of 1 for a shower. The showers are not fit to use the toilet block is 2 loos and 1 shower all were dirty, and not cleaned from the day we arrived(Weds) till we left on Sun. The manager did give us a free meal in the pub for our inconvenience But the break was ruined 

Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Jan Evans 3 reviews from this member


Very disappointed in this campsite it didn't live up to any of its promises. Firstly the refurbished toilet block must have been some years ago and I certainly would not shower in there. No one came to clean or replenish in the time we where there. They are currently filling in a large hole 20m+ in the main field, so diggers with top soil arrived at 8. 30am and stayed all day. I wouldn't mind but there was no mention of building work when we booked. The site said Dogs must be kept on a lead, but there was people there with a dog loose, and no one said a word. The area we where pitched had littler that had clearly been there for some time rusty can etc. We emails the site to highlight our disappointment but they have not bothered to respond.

Give this site a miss unless your happy to Part with your money. 

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: P M D 1 review from this member

 Out of 12 hardstanding pitches only one was occupied but we were allocated one that required leveling ramps. The next morning the grass was cut prior to the Bank Holiday weekend, it took him over 3 hours. He started at around 07:20! - next to our pitch !

The wash basins were a total waste of space as the taps were the sort that had to be kept depressed and there were no plugs.

On a positive side, we did have a nice meal at the pub. 


Date of Visit: February 2017 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Nw126kazandspen 14 reviews from this member

 Last min. Booked over internet all fine. Then rang to pay depisit.

Campsite no change from years gone by. Toilets have been disguised by cladding wood.

Onsite pub next too canal.

Pub has been renovated painted etc. Well done. Tv area. Were dogs are allowed. Pool table too.

Ate here 1 night. Very nice quick and reasonable.

We were mislead on staying the next night as were told we could watch 6 nations but were kicked out so people can watch football. Lost our 2nd night food order and drinks and nxt night stay. Long canal walks etc ideal for dogs and walkers. Close too beeston castle. Oluton park.

Would return for the walks and pub canal.

Never used showers as l did not like them

Some staff very friendly and helpful others could not br bothered.

Small car park for pub and patio and play area. 

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Jobin62 1 review from this member

 Campsite itself is small and very quiet, great views of castle, it has very basic facilities, showers are 1 token for 5 minutes which was a bit of a shock as they are in need of some serious refurbishment, however they were clean. The hard standings are very uneven, the leccy hook up was fine but there is no water hook up.

This could be a lovely little site with a bit of effort - as the pub is gorgeous and is on the canal. The menu is quite limited, but reasonably priced and food is ok.

However - we were made to pay in full, up front for 3 pitches we wanted and when 1 of our party couldn't come due to ill health - were told they have a strict - no refunds policy. We would have expected them to retain 15-20% but they took the whole amount. That was disappointing. 

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Boothy1981 2 reviews from this member

 Pub is beautiful, lovely food etc. Shame that they do't put more effort into the campsite attached as it is awful.

Says refurbished shower blocks - they have basically put a wooden hut sort of effect around the outside of the facilities that have been there for years. The inside are just disgusting. Never any soap or toilet roll. Two toilets in the mens and the same for the womens with one shower each. 1 for 5 minutes of shower which I wouldn't have been bothered about if they worked! The womens shower was broken and the mens gave up the ghost and stopped working too, which meant having a freezing shower half way through washing. When I reported this to the pub they told me that it was because it was being over used?! I did say that maybe they could look at updating them to which the lady replied that she had told the manager this but that he wouldn't do it.

The grass was stupidly long which meant trudging to the toilets was annoying as the bottom of your pants were always wet from the extra long grass. Just plain lazy to not cut it to be honest. We stayed as part of a group of 3 families for 3 nights over the bank holiday.

The toilets and showers were not cleaned the whole time which we couldn't believe! The floor was awful! Think twice before staying! 

Date of Visit: October 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Jgeater1961 3 reviews from this member

 Just returned from Shady Oak, we checked in at the pub as requested, to say we were impressed by the surroundings of the pub, clean, modern oldie world type public house overlooking beautiful views of the canal. After a couple of minutes we receiving a warm welcome from a member of the staff, paying the 20 per night fee, a little steep but thought if the campsite was as nice as the pub it would be worth every penny. From here things started to go down hill, firstly the lady asked 'would we want to purchase any shower tokens at a 1 each' a bit surprised by her comment ' I replied that we were unaware that the showers were not included in the nightly 20 fee, this was not mentioned in their advert' she seemed a little surprised by this and asked which website I had seen the site advertised, I had seen Shady Oak on a few different websites with no mention of additional fee for showers, her reply was its mentioned on their Facebook page, I explained personally I don't use Facebook. At this I declined the offer to buy tokens saying we would use our own caravan shower. Returning to our car and van we drove onto the site to find our allocated pitch. We were a little surprised to find only 2 other vans on an approx 15 van site, maybe some of the reasons for this is the grass hadn't been cut in months, a dog running around fowling the grass, the supposedly toilets and showers were located in an old prefab type cold shed, in much need of a good clean, green moss on the walls of the shower, looked like they hadn't been used in a while. At this time it was getting late in the day so decided to set up and make the most of our stay, however about an hour later a man appeared opposite producing a garden lawnmower from his van, we laughed and said surly he isn't going to start and cut the grass with a garden mower, this would take him days, well after struggling for an half hour he managed to cut a large square and then packed up and drove off. We were puzzled by this action but not for long after 2 cars pulled on and erected two small pup tents, ah ah mystery explained, rather them than us it was cold and raining heavy by this time.

Now for the plus side of Shady Oak, we ventured into the pub a few times, eating their twice, a good menu selection, reasonably priced for both food and drinks, a nice cosy atmosphere, with lovely views of the canal. We think its such a shame their campsite does not live up to the standards of the pub, all it will take is a bit of time spent and TLC to make this a gem of a site, which I an convinced will dramatically improve their bookings. 

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Stansmum1 2 reviews from this member

 We have just come home from a weekend stay at this site. We were a mixed group of 3 tents, adults, children and 2 dogs. We loved this site. The location is perfect, a field behind a country pub, right on the canal. Toilet/shower block was basic but clean and was reflected in the price of 15 per night per tent. I love the flat fee idea too, 15 all in. No extras for more people, dogs or cars. The grass was cut and our pitch was flat, easy to find and a decent space. The staff in the pub were very friendly and helpful. The pub itself was lovely, newly decorated and dog friendly. We ate in there on Friday night and were very impressed with the quality and price of food. On the Saturday we went over and bought nice coffees from them and brought them back to the tent- very handy. Electric hook up was only 5 per day and very easy to use. The play area was out of action which is a shame but there was lots of space for children to play and walks along the canal were very interesting. We all loved this site and will definitely be back sooner rather than later. 

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