Saturday, 18 April 2015

Stepping into Narnia

sandstone crag Hawkstone Park We entered Narnia at Hawkstone Park and Follies in Shropshire. A steep walk around sandstone crags and through gullies. And it truly is Narnia as this is where they filmed part of the 80's TV version of The Chronicles of Narnia. I was just a little bit spellbound with the magical feeling here.
friends Through pine forest and rhododendron jungle we explored and found the White Tower and its occupants who gave us a fright.pine trees Hawkstone Park Shropshire monkey puzzle trees Green copper running through the sandstone rocks that are as old as old can be. This is a place of Arthurian legend with one chronicle suggesting that he lies here in one of the caves.copper-in-rocks dandelion The-White-Tower The park is full of surprises; tunnels, grottos, a hermits house (lived in by The Venerable barefooted Father Francis) and 100ft towers for you to ascend where you can look out over several counties. There is a lot of climbing at the park and it is not one for very young children, you need to have strong legs here and also a head for heights. Most of the park has you walking along rock edges and just when you think one set of steps has finished, you turn a corner and there are some more. Sir Rowland Hill spiral-staircase tower-view
Across the Shropshire Plain and Hawk Lake. view-over-counties crag Not for the faint hearted with these drops and with names like The Awful Precipice and Ravens Shelf you might be shaking like a leaf as you adventure around the narrow paths and edges. Hawkstone follies The site has the remains of the Red Castle,built in 1227 by Henry de Audley. Little remains and it is off limits due to the state of the ruins. That's incredibly tempting, what secrets must be there!?primroses The site was developed in the 18th Century as a Romantic park by a wealthy family who created all the grottos and curiosities, taking advantage of this wonderful landscape. stone The Swiss Bridge that crosses a cleft in the rocks. Gulp. Swiss Bridge Ravens crossing the Swiss Bridge Thankfully there is tea and cake at the end of this fairytale adventure. Caspians-Tea-Room And anyone naughty can stay here a while instead to wait for King Arthur.In-the-stocks Arthur-Trail-Shropshire
“Momento Mori” “ Far from the busy scenes of life Far from the world its caves and strife In the solitude more pleas’d to dwell The hermit bids you to his cell Warns you sin’s gilded bait to fly And calls you to prepare to die”  Father Francis
Follies
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15 comments:

Mama Herself said...

Now that looks like my kind of place! How very cool!

Christine @afamilyday said...

This looks amazing, I think my kids would love it here too. It's miles from where we live but the tunnels, towers and cake make me want to visit today! #countrykids

Jenny Eaves said...

That looks like the most amazing place to explore! I love Red Castle, it looks like it is straight out of Narnia! Love all the rock formations too! :) x

would like to be said...

Wow that place looks amazing.! I love stuff like this x

Coombe Mill (Fiona) said...

What a truly magical looking place. My children have played being in Nania here at Coombe Mill but how much more special to walk the real set! the views are spectacular from the top and I love the long thin bridge, though I think I'd be a little nervous crossing it! A great adventure, thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

Kate Holmes said...

As a home educator you have me convinced. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

Blogger Mummy Lauren said...

Cake really is glorious, and it's great that your son is learning how to bake yummy treats from a young age #BetterWithCake

Keitha said...

What an amazing place! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. I would love to walk those trails.

Anca said...

Looks amazing. I want to visit this place, but I always forget about it when we are deciding on our days out.

over40andamumtoone said...

What a truly amazing place to explore, I grew up with Narnia and am feeling the need to work out how long a car journey this would be for us! #CountryKids

newmummykate said...

Oh wow, this looks gorgeous. Beautiful views and so much to look at. Brilliant.

Heidi said...

What a beautiful place. Great photos. I loved Narnia as a child and would love to visit.

Michelle Twin Mum said...

Wow, what an amazing looking place but those cliffs and bridges would scare the life out of me! Mich x

Elaine Betteridge said...

wow those views!! I'd be a bit scared on the cliff edges though, eek! #countrykids

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