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

Video Flyby

Take a look at our Video Flyby by Tom Woodward

 

Flounders’ Folly Opening Dates for 2018

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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 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.