The Hawkstone Park Follies is one of England's more eccentric parks. It's also among the oldest visitor attractions in the country, already attracting guests in the 18th century and paying tourists in the first decade of the 19th.
On a series of rugged sandstone outcrops in the beautifully green Shropshire countryside, the original owners built monuments, fantasty alpine bridges, caves and - at one time - even hosted a live hermit to dispense wisdom. The hermit is gone but the caves - probably Anglo Saxon copper mines - are still fascinating to explore. And the views from the faux ruins, ledges and aeries will take your breath away -- that is, if the climb across this rugged landscape hasn't already done that.
Photos ©Ferne Arfin