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

Flounders’ Folly opening dates 2023

The Flounders’ Folly 2023 opening days are listed 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 nearest place to the folly to park is at the foot of Callow Hill on the road from Lower Dinchope to Westhope, SO 457854, from where there are footpaths to the Folly. See map below.


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
Jan 2023 29th 11am-3pm
Feb 2023 26th 11am-3pm
March  2023 26th 11am-4pm
 April 2023 7th (Good Friday) 11am-4pm
10th (Easter Mon) 11am-4pm
30th 11am-4pm
 May 2023 1st (Bank Hol Mon) 11am-4pm
28th 11am-4pm
29th (Bank Hol Mon) 11am-4pm
 June 2023 25th 11am-4pm
July 2023 30th 11am-4pm
Aug 2023 27th 11am – 4pm
28th (Bank Hol Mon) 11am – 4pm 
Sept 2023 24th 11am – 4pm
 Oct 2023 29th 11am – 3pm
 Nov 2023 26th 11am-3pm
Dec 2023 31st TBC
Folly footpath map

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In high summer, some public footpaths can become overgrown and in wet and wintery weather they can be muddy or frozen. Please equip appropriately.

Flounders’ Folly was built in 1838 by Benjamin Flounders (hence the name). It 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 tower itself is highly ventilated and the top is completely open. Entry is limited to 8 people at any one time and they must exit before further people can enter.

Entry to the Folly is free, but donations towards upkeep are always appreciated. Maintenance of the tower is costly and we couldn’t keep it in good repair without your help. You can donate by visiting our GiveTap donation page o or by using the QR code below. Thank You in anticipation!

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

Video Flyby

Take a look at our Video Flyby by Tom Woodward