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

Flounders’ Folly

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!

Flounders’ Folly Opening Dates for 2017


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, particularly if the weather is really severe.

Month Dates Times
January 2017 29th 11am – 3pm
February 2017 26th 11am – 3pm
March  2017 26th 11am – 4pm
April 2017 14th (Good Friday) 11am – 4pm
17th (Easter Sunday) 11am – 4pm
18th (Easter Monday) 11am – 4pm
30th 11am – 4pm
May 2017 1st (Bank Holiday Monday) 11am – 4pm
28th 11am – 4pm
29th (Bank Holiday Monday) 11am – 4pm
June 2017 25th 11am – 4pm
July 2017 30th 11am – 4pm
August 2017 27th
28th (Bank Holiday Monday)
11am – 4pm both days
September 2017 9th & 10th (Heritage Open Days) 1.30pm-4pm
24th 11am – 4pm
October 2017 29th 11am – 3pm
November 2017 26th 11am – 3pm


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.