The Local Area


Folly View is an ideal base from which to explore the Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

OpenStreetMap Craven Arms

OpenStreetMap Craven Arms

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The Shropshire Way passes just 1/2 mile from your front door. There are many places of interest within a short walk of Folly View and you can find more detailed information here.


This is a fantastic area for those who enjoy walking. The Shropshire Way is easily accessible and can be explored in four directions from Craven Arms along with many circular walks that can be started from Folly View.


Whether it’s cycling along quiet country lanes or mountain biking through forests, you’ll find it all in the Shropshire Hills.

You can find more information about cycling in the area local to Folly View at this page. Or you can read posts about cycling in Shropshire within the Cycling category of our blog.




Shropshire is a beautiful county with a marvellously diverse landscape, and is fortunate enough to have a high number of nature reserves and wildlife sites.

Just half a mile walk and less than 10 minutes from Folly View and you can be walking through the beautiful Onny Meadows which lie behind the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre. The Onny Meadows are 30 acres of wildlife haven including beautiful water meadows. A range of level surfaced paths provide wheelchair access to the River Onny including “Kingfisher Corner”. As well as the chance to see a Kingfisher you will often see Buzzards and Red Kites here.

You can find more information about local wildlife on this page.

Places to visit

There are many historic houses, castles and churches within easy reach of Folly View. The beautiful Stokesay Castle and Church are just a short walk away. The beautifully preserved Ludlow Castle is only 8 miles away. The National Trust’s Attingham Park, Powis Castle, The Dudmaston Estate, Sunnycroft, Croft Castle, and Berrington Hall are all within a 45 minute drive of Folly View. The remains of the roman city of Wroxeter is just 5 miles east of nearby Shrewsbury.

There are many other places in the area that are well worth visiting. Below is a list of just a few of them.

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums. The world’s first iron bridge (oddly beautiful) spanning the River Severn. Birth place of the industrial revolution, Ironbridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ironbridge Gorge Museums are nine award winning museums and sites that tell this momentous story.

The Severn Valley Railway. Britain’s premier steam railway, 16 miles of glorious countryside and restored stations. Shropshire has many other steam train attractions besides.
The Royal Airforce Museum Cosford. Aviation history brought to life, the largest collection of missiles in the country. Exciting displays of civil and military planes…Last of the few.

Weston Park. Ancestral home of the Earls of Bradford. Lots of events, concerts and the occasional world summit too.

Hawkstone Historic Park and Follies. Wooded magical land of grottoes, caves, cliffs and follies. Setting for the TV Chronicles of Narnia. Awesome.

Wroxeter Roman Vineyard. One of the world’s most northerly vineyards producing red, white and sparkling wines.

You can find more information at Shropshire Tourism


Shropshire may be far for the hurly-burly of London, but there’s still plenty to keep you stimulated and entertained.

  • English Haydn Festival in Bridgnorth
  • The world famous Shrewsbury Folk Festival
  • Attingham Park holds a wide range outdoor events including classical and rock concerts
  • Ludlow Food Festival
  • Beer festivals in Bishop’s Castle and Clun
  • Tales from the Edge – international story-telling festival in Much Wenlock
  • Clun Green Man Festival
  • Shrewsbury Flower Show

You can find more about concerts, comedy, film, theatre and the arts in Shropshire in BROAD sheep – an online magazine of What’s On – Herefordshire and the Marches

Where to eat

For those on a budget, Craven Arms has several cafes that serve inexpensive wholesome food. There are also two fish and chip shops and Chinese and Indian takeaways. The Craven Arms Hotel and Stokesay Castle Hotel both serve lunch and evening meals. There are many more places in local villages & towns to eat, but too numerous to mention them all.

Just 8 miles away, the beautiful Georgian town of Ludlow is a gourmet’s paradise, boasting four Michelin-rated restaurants (the highest number outside London) and numerous other delicious eateries.

Local Services

There is a supermarket, Spar (late opening), newsagent, bakers, chemist, butchers, launderette and a library, all in easy walking distance of Folly View.