Britain is back in business and our little paws couldn’t wait to get out and explore somewhere new, now that the lockdown restrictions have lifted, so we took Elsa & Buffy across the border into Shropshire to explore Hawkstone Park Follies.
This was actually our second trip to Hawkstone Park Follies but the first time that we visited we made the mistake of not checking the opening times or pre-booking our tickets! This is a private attraction and it’s not open all year round… so we’d definitely recommend that you check their website for opening dates/times and to book your tickets before setting off. You pay per car/ household and prices range between £24-£29 [information correct as of 12-4-21]. Gates open at 10am and close at 5pm, with the last admission being at 3pm. I’d definitely recommend allowing at least 2-3 hrs for your first visit, longer if you want to take a more leisurely stroll.
I don’t know whether it was the beautiful location, sunshine, fresh air or just the fact that this was our first trip out after a very long hibernation, but Elsa & Buffy were determined to run around Hawkstone Park Follies as if they were being chased by the resident trolls!
Climbing up and down all of the stairs was quite a workout, but we all loved every minute of it! There are lots of little quirky nooks and crannies to explore along several different trails that you can take. We stuck to the shorter route seeing as our fitness levels aren’t quite what they used to be pre-lockdown! There are lots of landmarks that you can visit around the park including the ‘Swiss Bridge’ pictured here, a Gothic Arch, a complex of caves called ‘The Grotto’, a Monument, the Urn and the White Tower to name a few. Free maps are available in the gift shop at the entrance.
Dogs have to be kept on a lead, and this is a very sensible requirement because there are a few parts of the trail where a loose dog could easily get into trouble. We were pleased to see quite a few dog waste bins along the trail too, and from what we saw they were being used. The whole place was immaculate actually, there was no rubbish to be seen anywhere.