Flounders’ Folly – Opening Dates 2019

This post lists the Flounders’ Folly Opening Dates 2019.

Flounders Folly in the early morning sunlight

Flounders’ Folly

Flounders’ Folly – Opening Dates 2019

When the Folly is open a St George’s Flag is flown from the top of the Folly and the planned opening dates for 2019 are listed below:

Sunday 27th January 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 24th February 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 31st March 11:00 – 16:00

Friday 19th April 11:00 – 16:00 Good Friday

Monday 22nd April 11:00 – 16:00 Easter Monday

Sunday 28th April 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 6th May 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Sunday 26th May 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 27th May 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Sunday 30th June 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 28th July 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 25th August 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 26th August 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Saturday 21st September 11:00 – 14:00 – Heritage Open Day

Sunday 29th September 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 27th October 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 24th November 11:00 – 15:00

The Folly is only open to visitors on certain days of the year and whilst there is no fixed entrance fee you are requested to make a small donation to The Flounders’ Folly Trust to support the maintenance of this landmark.

Flounders’ Folly – Opening Dates 2018

Flounders’ Folly

Flounders’ Folly opens to the public on certain days of the year allowing you to climb the 78 stone steps to the viewing platform where on a clear day you can expect wonderful views of the Malvern Hills, the Black Mountains, Cader Idris, and the Long Mynd as shown below.

View of Long Mynd From Flounders Folly

Flounders’ Folly – Opening Dates 2018

When the Folly is open a St George’s Flag is flown from the top of the Folly and the planned opening dates for 2018 are:

Sunday 28th January 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 25th February 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 25th March 11:00 – 16:00

Friday 30th March 11:00 – 16:00 Good Friday

Monday 2nd April 11:00 – 16:00 Easter Monday

Sunday 29th April 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 7th May 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Sunday 27th May 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 28th May 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Sunday 24th June 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 29th July 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 26th August 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 27th August 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Saturday 8th September 11:00 – 14:00 – Heritage Open Day

Saturday 9th September 11:00 – 14:00 – Heritage Open Day

Saturday 13th September 11:00 – 14:00 – Heritage Open Day

Saturday 15th September 11:00 – 14:00 – Heritage Open Day

Sunday 30th September 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 28th October 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 25th November 11:00 – 15:00

The folly is only open to visitors on certain days of the year and whilst there is no fixed entrance fee you are requested to make a small donation to The Flounders’ Folly Trust to support the maintenance of this landmark.

A series of interpretation boards that run round the viewing platform provide illustrations that help you to identify the landmarks you can see in the 360 degree panorama of the whole area around Craven Arms and Church Stretton including the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Flounders' Folly Interpretation Board

Flounders’ Folly Interpretation Board

You can learn more about Flounders’ Folly in an earlier blog post.

Toposcope

I have mentioned the Toposcopes on the top of hills and hillforts and as I will talk about these places again I thought a brief description would be interesting.

A Toposcope is a monument indicating direction and distance of notable land marks

These landmarks can be hills, mountains, towns, the Sea, Battlefields or historical places.

They are usually at popular vantage points either where there is a 360 degree view or long reaching views.

The plaques are usually cast in bronze and in their simplest form have radiating lines which line up with the landmarks they indicate and the distance to them.

More complex Toposcopes have lines showing the shapes of the hills, the way you are looking, with their names and distance from where you are standing. There will also be compass points marked on them.

There is a Toposcope at the top of Flounders Folly.

One of my favourite is at Bury Ditches which gives a view all round and another is at Clee Hill Village at the car park which has views including the Malvern Hills.

Flounders’ Folly – Opening Dates 2017

We named our holiday let “Folly View” because you can see Flounders’ Folly from your self-catering accommodation. The folly is a stone tower some 16 feet square and 80 feet high and stands on Callow Hill just north of Craven Arms.

The folly is only open to visitors on certain days of the year and whilst there is no fixed entrance fee you are requested to make a small donation to The Flounders’ Folly Trust to support the maintenance of this landmark.

Flounders' Folly

Flounder’s Folly

 
When the Folly is open a St George’s Flag is flown from the top of the Folly and the planned opening dates for 2017 are:

Sunday 29th January 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 26th February 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 26th March 11:00 – 16:00

Friday 14th April 11:00 – 16:00 Good Friday

Sunday 17th April 11:00 – 16:00 Easter Sunday

Sunday 30th April 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 1st May 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Sunday 28th May 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 29th May 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Sunday 25th June 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 30th July 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 27th August 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 28th August 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Saturday 9th September 13:30 – 16:00 Heritage Open Day

Sunday 10th September 13:30 – 16:00 Heritage Open Day

Sunday 24th September 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 29th October 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 26th November 11:00 – 15:00

On these open days you can climb the 78 stone steps to the viewing platform where on a clear day you can expect wonderful views of the Malvern Hills, the Black Mountains, and Cader Idris. A series of illustrations that run round the viewing platform help you to identify the landmarks you can see in the 360 degree panorama of the whole area around Craven Arms and Church Stretton including the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

You can learn more about Flounders’ Folly in an earlier blog post.

Flounders’ Folly is within walking distance – approximately 2 miles – of Folly View Let along clearly marked trails and footpaths from the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre. You should allow 45 minutes to an hour to reach the Folly and be aware that the climb up Callow Hill is quite steep.

If you prefer you can drive and park at the foot of Callow Hill on the road from Lower Dinchope to Westhope, SO 457854, where you will see a small interpretation board.

Our Act of Sheer Folly

Here at Folly View Let we like to provide you with a Welcome Pack containing some local food and produce including some locally brewed beer.

Wood's Sheer Folly

Wood’s Sheer Folly

Earlier this year we included a very special beer produced by our nearest brewery – Wood’s Brewery – at Wistanstow, called Sheer Folly.

Our holiday let is called Folly View Let because of the view of Flounders’ Folly which is located 4 km away as the crow flies.

Wood’s Brewery in common with many other breweries produce special beers and one-off brews like Sheer Folly from time to time, and often in support of a good cause.

Another beer from them that we have included in our Welcome Pack is called Beautiful Shropshire Hills – reflecting the fact that we are surrounded by the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Some proceeds from the sales of Sheer Folly were donated by Wood’s Brewery to the Flounders’ Folly Trust.

The photograph below shows Wood’s Brewery Managing Director Mr Edward Wood presenting a cheque for £500 to Flounders’ Folly Trustee Mr Richard Cundall.

Edward Wood and Richard Cundall

Edward Wood and Richard Cundall

Mr Cundall said:

“It was very thoughtful of the brewery to choose us as for a donation 10 years after we completed the folly restoration. Wood’s are a tremendous local business and Sheer Folly itself was an excellent beer. Visitor donations remain vitally important to help us keep the folly in good condition, but this is a tremendous boost to the fund.”

Photograph and quote shown above are copyright ©Flounders’ Folly Trust and reproduced by kind permission of the Trustees – The Flounders’ Folly Trust.

Flounders Folly – Opening Dates Autumn 2016

We named our holiday let “Folly View” because you can see Flounders Folly from your self-catering accommodation.

Flounder’s Folly is a well-known a local monument (or folly) in South Shropshire which can be seen for miles in this area – especially from the A49 between Craven Arms and Church Stretton. The folly is a stone tower some 16 feet square and 80 feet high and stands on Callow Hill just north of Craven Arms.

The folly is open to visitors only on certain days of the year and whilst there is no fixed entrance fee you are requested to make a small donation to The Flounders’ Folly Trust to support the maintenance of this landmark.

The remaining opening dates for 2016 are:

Saturday 10th September 13:30 – 16:00

Sunday 11th September 13:30 – 16:00

Sunday 25th September 11:00 – 15:00

Tuesday 25th October 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 27th November 11:00 – 15:00

When the Folly is open a St George’s Flag is flown from the top of the Folly. You can then climb the 78 stone steps to the viewing platform at the top. On a clear day you can expect wonderful views of the Malvern Hills, the Black Mountains, and Cader Idris. A series of illustrations  that run round the viewing platform help you to identify the landmarks you can see in the 306 degree panorama.

You can learn more about Flounders Folly in an earlier blog post.

You can walk from Folly View Let to Flounders Folly (approximately 2 miles) and there are clearly marked trails and footpaths from the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre. You should allow 45 minutes to an hour to reach the Folly and be aware that the climb up Callow Hill is quite steep.

The best place to park for a visit to Flounders’ Folly is at the foot of Callow Hill on the road from Lower Dinchope to Westhope, SO 457854, where you will see a small interpretation board.

Flounder’s Folly

Folly View Let is so-named because of the view from your self-catering accommodation of Flounder’s Folly – a local monument (or folly) which can be seen from your self-catering accommodation.

Flounder's Folly

Flounder’s Folly

 

Flounder’s Folly is a landmark which is visible for miles and from which, on a clear day, you can see wonderful views of the Malverns, the Black Mountains, Cader Idris and the whole area around Craven Arms and Church Stretton including the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

Flounders Folly Tower

Flounders Folly Tower

 

Flounder’s Folly is a stone tower built in 1838 by Benjamin Flounders (hence the name) and is approximately 80 feet (24 m) tall and 16 feet (4.9 m) square. There are 78 steps to the viewing platform at the top of the tower which features specially commissioned illustrations that enable visitors to work out exactly what landmarks they are looking at in the landscape.

The tower was erected by Benjamin Flounders (1768—1846) to mark the boundaries between four large estates and maybe to celebrate his attaining his 70th year, his ‘threescore years and ten’. Over time the Folly fell into disrepair but in 2001 it was bought by what became The Flounders Folly Trust who completed the restoration in 2005. The tower is now open to the public at least once a month and you can find details of the open days at the Flounders Folly Web Site.