How to get to the folly...Off the A49 near Craven Arms, on the road from Lower Dinchope to Westhope.

Flounders’ Folly is an imposing stone tower standing 80 feet above Callow Hill, near Craven Arms, South Shropshire. The Folly is a landmark that is visible for miles around and in particular from the A49 between Church Stretton and Craven Arms.

Built in 1838 by Benjamin Flounders (hence the name), the Folly fell into disrepair in the 20th century but was restored in 2004-5 by the Flounders’ Folly Trust. It is now open to the public one day each month so people can climb to the viewing platform at the top of the 78 stairs and enjoy the wonderful views of the Malverns, the Black Mountains, Cader Idris and much much more. Specially commissioned illustrations that run round the viewing platform enable visitors to work out exactly what landmarks they are looking at in the landscape.

The footpath to the Folly from the small parking area off the lane between Lower Dinchope and Westhope is open every day, year-round, so come and have a look – there are great views on the walk up and from the foot of the tower!

Flounder’s Folly Opening Dates for 2014


A Cross of St George flag will be flying from the Folly when it is open. As the Folly is stewarded by volunteers, opening cannot be absolutely guaranteed if the weather is really severe.

Month Dates Times
January 2014 26th 11am - 3pm
February 2014 23rd 11am - 3pm
March  2014 30th 11am - 4pm
April 2014 18th (Good Friday)
21st (Easter Monday)
11am - 4pm
May 2014 5th (Bank Holiday Monday)
26th (Bank Holiday Monday)
11am - 4pm
June 2014 29th 11am - 4pm
July 2014 27th 11am - 4pm
August 2014 25th (Bank Holiday Monday)
11am - 4pm
September 2014 13th (Heritage Open Day)
14th (Heritage Open Day)
1.30pm - 4pm
11am - 4pm
11am - 4pm
October 2014 26th 11am - 3pm
November 2014 30th 11am - 3pm
December 2014 TBC TBC


The best place to park is at the foot of Callow Hill on the road from Lower Dinchope to Westhope, SO 457854, from where there is a footpath to the Folly.