This is a fantastic area for those who enjoy walking. The Shropshire Way is easily accessible within half a mile of Folly View and can be explored in four directions from Craven Arms. There are also many circular walks that can be started from Folly View.
The Hills and Dales Hike
A short walk east from Folly View brings you to the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and the start of The Hills and Dales Hike.
This three mile walk takes you along the River Onny where you might see Otters and even a Kingfisher. The route continues to Halford Wood where a viewpoint rewards you with great views of Wenlock Edge, the Stretton Hills and the Long Mynd, and both Titterstone Clee and Brown Clee.
The longer six mile route leads you to Flounders Folly – from which Folly View takes it’s name.
The Three Trees Walks
Heading south from the Discovery Centre you can enjoy the Three Trees Walk and within 5 minutes you will find yourself in the heart of the countryside and exploring the woods and fields of South Shropshire. This walk is full of hidden gems including a Civil War battlefield, a hidden fortress, a deer park and a Roman road!
The longer 7 mile and more challenging Three Trees route takes in the earthworks of Norton Camp, an Iron Age hill fort dating from about 300 BC. This camp is renowned for the double rampart and ditch of its defences and archaeological evidence from excavations suggests it was once a hilltop town.
The Long Mynd
A short drive north – 10 miles and less than 20 minutes – and you can walk over the Long Mynd.
The Shropshire Way
The Shropshire Way is a waymarked long distance footpath which runs 224 kilometres / 139 miles around the interior of Shropshire in a large loop.
Within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty an additional loop on the route takes you to Stiperstones, Bishops Castle and Clun linking back to the main route via the Onny Valley at Little Stretton and the Long Mynd.
Offa’s Dyke Trail
Travelling a few miles west gives the opportunity to hike part of the Offa’s Dyke Trail.
This 177 miles National Trail follows the English/Welsh border alongside the 8th Century Offa’s Dyke.
Church Stretton and Bishop’s Castle host walking festivals in early June and you can find more information at these links: