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!
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.
|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|
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.