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

Flounders’ Folly

We are delighted that, in line with current Covid restrictions, we plan to open Flounders’ Folly for visitors on all the days listed in the table below.

Flounders’ Folly is 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.

The tower itself is highly ventilated with fresh air throughout and the top is completely open.

In line with the Government’s current ‘one family’ and ‘rule of six’ advice, entry will be limited to one family group or a group of up to 6 people at any one time and they must exit the tower before a further group can enter.

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.

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.

– Seabury Salmon, Chair, Flounders’ Folly Trust


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 2021


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.

Month Dates Times
January 2021 31st CLOSED
Feb 2021 28th CLOSED
March  2021 28th CLOSED
 April 2021 2nd (Good Friday) 11am-4pm
5th (Easter Monday) 11am-4pm
  25th  11am-4pm
 May 2021 3rd (Bank Holiday) 11am-4pm
30th 11am-4pm
  31st (Bank Holiday) 11am-4pm
 June 2021 27th  11am-4pm
July 2021 25th 11am – 4pm
Aug 2021 29th 11am – 4pm
30th (Bank Holiday) 11am – 4pm 
Sept 2021 26th  11am – 4pm
 Oct 2021 31st 11am – 3pm
 Nov 2021 28th 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. Please park considerately and do not block gateways.