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Hawkstone Park

The 100 foot high monument at Hawkstone park with a statue of Rowland Hill on top.

Hawkstone Park and follies is a magical place, so much so that it was was used to represent Narnia in the BBC TV adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s books. The park is one of the first landscapes in the country to be scheduled as  Grade-1 listed, and on visiting the site, it soon becomes apparent why. The park consists of 100 acres (40 hectares) of follies and landscaped parkland and rocky outcrops, with fantastic views across the Shropshire countryside.

It takes around 2.5 – 3.0 hours of walking to see each folly (a reasonable level of physical fitness and mobility is required and there are many steps, ascents and descents).

The list of follies include a red brick tower, once lime washed and still called the White Tower, the Monument standing over 100ft high commemorating Sir Rowland Hill who was the first Protestant Mayer of London, the Cleft which is spanned by the Swiss Bridge, the Grotto which may have originated as a 5th century copper mine and the Arch on top of Grotto Hill, plus various caves and tunnels through the sandstone rock. As well as this there are walkways, viewpoints and trails winding through rhododendron plantations.

For information on open days, entry charges and how to get here, as well as the facilities available and events etc visit the Park’s website.

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