Flounders’ Folly re-opened to the public on Sunday, 26 July, for the first time since the lockdown. We intend to open again on August 30 and 31. Entry will be limited to one group of up to 6 people at any one time and they must exit the tower before a further group can enter. Hand sanitiser will be available on entry and exit.
The tower itself is highly ventilated with fresh air throughout and the top is completely open. Entry is free but donations towards upkeep will be very much appreciated. If parking at the Callow Hill entry, please park considerately and do not block farm gateways. Thanks!
– Seabury Salmon, Chair, Flounders’ Folly Trust
Below is the 2020 opening schedule for Flounders’ Folly, the 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.
Opening dates and times are provisional and depend on the weather. Check back on this website nearer the time to ensure it will be open, or follow Flounders Folly on Facebook or @Flounders_Folly on Twitter.
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 2020||26th||11am – 3pm|
|Feb 2020||23rd||11am – 3pm|
|April 2020||10th (Good Friday)||CLOSED|
|13th (Easter Monday)||CLOSED|
|May 2020||8th (Bank Holiday)||CLOSED|
|31st (Bank Holiday)||CLOSED|
|July 2020||26th||11am – 4pm|
|Aug 2020||30th||11am – 4pm|
|31st (Bank Holiday)||11am – 4pm|
|Sept 2020||19th (Heritage open day) TBC||11am – 4pm|
|20th (Heritage open day) TBC||11am – 4pm|
|27th||11am – 4pm|
|Oct 2020||25th||11am – 3pm|
|Nov 2020||29th||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.