“ Address: Weston-Under-Redcastle / Shrewsbury / Shropshire / SY4 5UY / England „
I've always loved taking the kid's out on adventure days and I thought this would be the perfect way to spend the day as I had been here many years before.
Hawkstone park and follies is located just outside Shrewsbury, so it was very easy for us to travel there.
It was made by a man in the 18th century as a escape for himself and I think he got it spot on as it seems like a haven for children(there was 3 school buses there when we arrived) it was re opened in 1993 after being restored.
It open 7 days a week for most months.
Apart from this trail there is also a hotel and golf course 4x4 driving course etc located on the site which cater for weddings etc and was actually a contender for our wedding venue. There are also seasonal things to do as well.
It cost us about £7 for myself and my partner and my children were free as they were under five, we found this very good as we were going to be there all day.
There is a tearoom and souvenir shop by the car park but it can be expensive although I picked up a guide book, map etc the children were also given a adventure pack containing a map and a I-spy game which I thought was a great touch.
The trail takes about 3 hours to walk but it did take us longer as we stopped for a picnic in one of the meadows they have and had to take a detour on the route due to having the buggy (I wouldn't recommend doing it in wet weather as the paths are made of stone chip) and not be able to go over the 'Swiss bridge'.
We were told at the entrance that this would be the case and that wheelchairs are not very accessible either and also there are sheer cliff faces with only a small metal fence on the edge so make sure the children are watched ALL the time.
There is a lot to see on the tour and my little man loved seeing Gingerbread house and the castle tower and my partner also really liked some of the other attraction things there, there is also a abundance of wildlife and plants there as well which we all took an interest in greatly. We did all enjoy watching around and it did seem like quite good exercise.
As a family day out we found it great and if you take your own food it would be cheap as well there is plenty for kids to do in the activity packs they were given and I would recommend taking a football or something to so they can play in the meadows there after lunch.
We found all the staff we came across very polite and helpful and willing to help which we were very impressed with they helped us with a number of things including stopping us getting lost!
Overall we found our day our great and would defiantly go there again the children loved it and had plenty to do and although its not buggy/wheelchair friendly at some points there are ways around that,i just wont be going when its wet!!
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