GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hawkstone Park

6 miles (10 km)

This spectacular park in Shropshire covers 100 acres and includes intricate pathways, ravines, arches, bridges, towering cliffs and follies. There are magnificent views of the surrounding Shropshire countryside from the clifftops, a series of atmospheric caves to explore, the remains of the ruined Red Castle and the delightful Hawk Lake. The video below shows the fabulous scenery you can expect to see on your walk.
The park is located about 8 miles north of Shrewsbury.
To continue your walking in the area you could try our Shrewsbury River Walk and enjoy riverside trails and a visit to the lovely Quarry Park.
The National Trust owned Attingham Park is another great place for a walk. Here you'll find orchards, resident deer, a beautiful Walled Garden and the River Tern.

Postcode

SY4 5UY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Hawkstone Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hawkstone Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The on site Glass House cafe sells a fine range of meals and snacks. Upstairs there's a splendid outdoor terrace area where you can enjoy a great view of the park with your meal.

Dog Walking

The hills and woods in the park are ideal for dog walking. You will probably meet other owners on your visit. Please keep them on leads because of the steep paths on the site. Water bowls are also provided at the visitor centre.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head a few miles east from the park and you can visit the attractive town of Market Drayton. There's some nice walks here along the towpath of the Shropshire Union Canal.
Also to the east is the worthy village of Hodnet where you could pay a visit to the delightful Hodnet Hall Gardens. There's 60 acres to explore with lakes, bluebell woodland, a Water Garden and a Kitchen Garden the highlights. The historic village also includes a noteworthy Norman church and a fine pub dating to the 16th century.

Photos

Hawkstone Park entrance - geograph.org.uk - 523931

Hawkstone Park entrance, named after Sir Rowland Hill, 1st Baronet Hill of Hawksstone (1705-1783) who along with his son Richard, created Hawkstone Park in the 18th century.

Grotto Hill, Hawkstone Park - geograph.org.uk - 1505731

Grotto Hill, Hawkstone Park. There's a wonderful view over the surrounding countryside from the elevated position of this hill within the grounds of the park.

Ravine at Hawkstone Park - geograph.org.uk - 1502265

Ravine at Hawkstone Park

The Swiss Bridge, Hawkstone Park - geograph.org.uk - 1501575

The Swiss Bridge, Hawkstone Park. A rustic bridge designed as part of a Scene from Switzerland.

View looking North West from the Hawkstone obelisk - geograph.org.uk - 5934

View looking North West from the Hawkstone obelisk. An example of the views you can enjoy from the elevated park.

Hawstone Park, near Weston, Shropshire - geograph.org.uk - 278485

This is a monument to Sir Rowland Hill, who along with his son Richard, created Hawkstone Park and Follies in the 18th century. You can climb the 150 step, 100ft tall, spiral stair case column for more wonderful views. On a clear day you can see up to thirteen counties from the top.

Grotto Hill, Hawkstone Park - geograph.org.uk - 1501558

Grotto Hill.

View from Grotto Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1505705

View from Grotto Hill

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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