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“Great walk, interesting day out”

Hawkstone Park Follies
Ranked #5 of 82 things to do in Shrewsbury
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

Had a great walk around here on a Sunday. Did feel a little disappointed as the wooden bridge was closed, I assume for refurbishment, and various other areas were blocked off, but we still enjoyed the walk. Torches essential for the caves, and sturdy shoes as some of the steps and slopes look like they could be pretty hairy in flipflops!

Watched some parents struggle to stoop low enough to carry toddlers through the caves in backpacks, and have no idea how they balanced down some of the steps! Looked great for older children, and we found it great exercise if nothing else! Took us about 90 minutes to get to the top, with interesting stops all the way and great views, the way down less exciting though.

Would recommend to friends, and for them to take a picnic, but probably not go again ourselves.

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Reviewed 28 April 2011

This is a great day out, we went with our nine year old and we all really enjoyed it. It's a beautiful spot, with loads to see - caves, towers, etc. It's quite a long walk though, and really steep and uneven in places, so not great for anyone with mobility problems. We really wished we had brought a picnic as we were starving by the time we got to the top and there are really nice picnic areas. We made do with ice cream till we walked back down. The cafe at the entrance looked a bit unpromising but was actually great - friendly service, nice outside terrace and fantastic homemade soup.

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Reviewed 30 September 2010

The Follies is best described as a nature maze - There are lot of different routes with various structures, statues and surprises awaiting in each one and it is great to explore and go to each. The map is rather confusing so you end up getting lost quite a bit, which, surprisingly adds to the sense of adventure and the fun. Overall, it was a great hike to take and we quite enjoy it.

For criticism sake, the statues/attractions didn't quite have a single theme and they were very random and some were rather weird (e.g an empty hut in the middle of the route).

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Reviewed 22 August 2010

We stopped here on the way to our holiday in Wales and did not really know what to expect but was very surprised at what a fantastic place this is. My daughters aged 11 and 9 loved it lots of running around and climbing. Exploring the caves were great fun and a torch is essential. The surrounding countryside and views are outstanding and well worth the effort . It felt like a great adventure for all of us but is not for the unfit!!! Can't wait to return again and think it offers great value for those looking for outdoor adventurous fun!!!!

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Reviewed 19 August 2010

The car park is free, then a 3 minute walks takes you to the entrance.
Family ticket £20 but we had a couple free entry vouchers so saved a bit on that.
The place was built over 200 years ago and was renovated in the 90s. It was having a bit of further refurbishment when we went which meant a warning before we set off that some of the direction signs may be missing. It was still fairly easy to find your way around although a couple of the paths were different to that shown on the map!
Overall we had a really great time. They advise it takes 3 hours to do the full route - well it took us 3 1/2 hours and we weren't going particularly slowly! To see everything there is a lot of walking (including a couple of quite steep climbs) but it is well worth it for the scenery and the views. The main tunnels do have lights but the smaller ones don't so it is advisable if not essential to take a torch. Sensible shoes are a must and good weather would definitely be helpful!
There is a giftshop at the entrance and a cafe just behind but we didn't use it.

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