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

Flounders’ Folly

Given current Covid-19 restrictions, we regret that Flounders’ Folly will be closed to the public for the time being. As soon as we are able to re-open the tower, we will update this website and our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Thanks to all who have visited the Folly and donated during this difficult year. We look forward to seeing visitors old and new as soon as we are able!

– 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!

Video Flyby

Take a look at our Video Flyby by Tom Woodward


Flounders’ Folly Opening Dates for 2020


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 2020 26th 11am – 3pm
Feb 2020 23rd 11am – 3pm
March  2020 29th CLOSED
 April 2020 10th (Good Friday) CLOSED
13th (Easter Monday) CLOSED
  26th  CLOSED
 May 2020 8th (Bank Holiday) CLOSED
  31st (Bank Holiday) CLOSED
 June 2020 28th  CLOSED
July 2020 26th 11am – 4pm
Aug 2020 30th 11am – 4pm
31st (Bank Holiday) 11am – 4pm 
Sept 2020 27th  11am – 4pm
 Oct 2020 25th 11am – 3pm
 Nov 2020 29th CLOSED


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. Please park considerately and do not block gateways.