Set in north Shropshire, Hawkstone park and follies is a fantasy wonderland of towers, high cliffs, and caves and grottos, most certainly very mystical.
due to the storm damage it was closed but thanks to the hard work of the wardens it was was opened up again, the lower paths were still closed at the time of writing this Blogg, but work is continuing to open these very soon.
thanks to the warm march weather we decided to visit Hawkstone park and follies with a picnic and camera in hand
Above: narrow paths and brilliant views start straight on this walk,Below the first follies we got to was the white tower, it turns out it was a room and there was no stairs to the top, a true follie
Above; views from the monument were amazing with 150 steps to the top and a 100ft in height, it was raised in 1795 and views over 12 counties. very clear when we went up, we were hill spotting from the top, we could spot the wrekin, shropshire south hills, breidden hills, berwyns and snowdonia and as far as cannock chase.
Below:the breidden hills from the top of the monument
Below: looking towards Staffordshire
Below: fantastic views looking over the Cheshire/Shropshire plain
Above: the breidden hills in the distance
Above and Below: the summer home of a hermit known as Francis
Below:the walk way to the Swiss bridge and a head for heights needed as there is a drop of over a 100ft to the right
Above: with a drop of 85ft, time to walk the bridge, Below: looking back up on the bridge
Below: next stop Grotto hill
Above:summit of Grotto hill. Below: the entrance to the caves and Grottoes
inside the Grotto with tunnels going in all directions and lots to explore
Below: looking out of the Grotto
Below: more fantastic views from Grotto hill, welsh mountains in the distance
below: heading back
a brilliant day out followed by a picnic at moreton corbet castle, we highly recommend this walk and its a brilliant day out, we are going back in summer when all the paths are open for more exploring