Cliffs, Towers, Grottos, Bridges, Monuments, Forests and Caves. A lot to see in one walk.
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. Like many places this close to Wales, there’s a tie-in with the King Arthur legend. 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 a pushchair.
It is well worth taking the longer path to the White Tower, Monument, and Swiss Bridge, but there’s also a lower path along the cliff with many caves and the St. Francis viewpoint.
The entire 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.
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AddressThe Follies at Hawkstone Park