Towers, caves, forests and tunnels, the Follies at Hawkstone Park is a great day out for young explorers.
The Follies were built as a park two hundred years ago. The actual history of the area goes back a lot further. The first castle was built here in 1227. As with many places this close to Wales, there’s a tie in with the King Arthur legend (see King Arthur’s Labyrinth for details of “Welsh King Arthur”, and the Shropshire King Arthur trail). Intriguingly a Roman stone cup was found in the grotto in the 1920s – the Holy Grail?
Be prepared for a climb. There are short paths and longer ones, and lots of steps. Don’t bring the push chair.
It is well worth doing the longer path to take in the White Tower, Monument, and Swiss Bridge, but there’s also a lower path along the cliff with many cages and St. Francis viewpoint.
The full route can take about 3 hours. The shortest 1 hour. We recommend you take a picnic and make a day of it.
The Follies also have special events throughout the year. A Knights Jousting tournament was particularly good, and fitted with the atmosphere of the place.
Put SY4 5UY into your Sat Nav. Opening times and directions.
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