Flounders’ Folly is a landmark stone tower standing 80 feet above Callow Hill, near Craven Arms, South Shropshire. The Folly is visible for miles around and provides visitors with spectacular views of countryside near and far.
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Our November opening was the last occasion visitors could climb to the top of the tower this year. To the hundreds who took advantage over 2018, we hope you enjoyed it, and thank you for your donations towards the folly’s upkeep! Our early 2019 opening dates will be published soon.
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!
Take a look at our Video Flyby by Tom Woodward
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 2018||28th||11am – 3pm|
|Feb 2018||25th||11am – 3pm|
|March 2018||25th||11am – 4pm|
|30th (Good Friday)||11am – 4pm|
|April 2018||2nd (Easter Monday)||11am – 4pm|
|29th||11am – 4pm|
|May 2018||7th (Bank Holiday)||11am – 4pm|
|27th||11am – 4pm|
|28th (Bank Holiday)||11am – 4pm|
|June 2018||24th||11am – 4pm|
|July 2018||29th||11am – 4pm|
|Aug 2018||26th||11am – 4pm|
|27th (Bank Holiday)||11am – 4pm|
|Sept 2018||8th (Heritage open day)||11am – 2pm|
|9th (Heritage open day)||11am – 2pm|
|13th (Heritage open day)||11am – 2pm|
|15th (Heritage open day)||11am – 2pm|
|30th||11am – 4pm|
|Oct 2018||28th||11am – 3pm|
|Nov 2018||25th||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.