Climb to a lonely tower once owned by a famous film star and discover one of the best views in South Shropshire.

Distance

6.0 miles

Terrain

Some challenging climbs but not too muddy generally

Start from

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Nearest to

Craven Arms

Parking

Parking available at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.4362189054, -2.8320505906

OS: SO435824

The route

This 6 mile walk has plenty of interest, including the River Onny, where if you’re lucky you might spot a kingfisher, and the pretty village of Halford. It also takes in two spectacular viewpoints – well worth the effort for the climb which precedes them. From the viewpoint at Halford Wood you will see Flounders Folly (you’re ultimate destination), Wenlock Edge, the Stretton Hills and the Long Mynd, and both Titterstone Clee and Brown Clee, whilst from the Folly itself you will again be rewarded with superb views of Wenlock Edge and the Long Mynd.

Flounders Folly

Flounders Folly was built in 1838 by Benjamin Flounders, a wealthy ship and land owner from Yorkshire. At the time local people said that he used the tower to see his ships docking at Bristol and Liverpool. In more recent years it was owned by Dame Julie Christie, the striking British actress best known for her part in the epic film Doctor Zhivago.

The tower is now owned by a trust and has recently been restored. It is often open to the public. For opening times go to www.floundersfolly.org.uk.

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

The award winning visitor attraction, voted as the Going Places, 'Midlands Family Attraction of the Year 2017'.

Take a stroll in our meadows, relax in our cafe and learn about the wonders of the Shropshire Hills landscape and history, including the best places to go, eat and stay.

Get up close and personal to Shropshire’s larger than life mammoth and step back into the Iron Age.

Enjoy our panoramic film, flying over the Shropshire Hills - You can see all the best bits and get the finest views without leaving the ground or climbing a single hill!

Set in a unique grass roofed building, the Discovery Centre has a popular café, with free WIFI, serving local lunches, frothy coffees & Shropshire cream teas - Eat in, eat out or take-away (perfect for a picnic)!

Just outside, there’s our 30 acre Onny Meadows, well signposted for gentle strolls along riverside paths, through wild flowers and woodland. Well behaved dogs are welcome so everyone can stretch their legs.

The centre is open daily throughout the year 10am - 5pm.

To find out more visit their website at http://www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk/