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There is something particularly engaging about walking in a landscape which shows the visible influences of generations past. Some of the most striking and noticeable influences are the follies that were created by wealthy landowners. These frivolous and extravagant structures were often built solely for decoration and as accents on the great estates of the 1700s and 1800s. Whilst most of these follies sit within parklands and gardens where entrance fees apply, there are many that are freely accessible as part of a countryside walk. Check out this list of our favourite countryside walks with follies. Follies were often constructed purely for decoration, with no particular practical purpose or a purpose (such as a dining space) that was disguised to fool the eye. They tended to be extravagant or eccentric in their design, reflecting the character or interests of the landowners that commissioned them. Often, they included an element of fakery, for example pretending to be a ruin of an older building when in fact they were purposely built in this exact state. Today, they provide a fascinating punctuation or accents in our landscape, a treat for walkers to discover.

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flooded
6 days ago

This route is currently flooded just beyond the wooden bridge at the copse (just after crossing the motorway). No way to get around the water and it is quite deep - spanning about 20-30 metres- definitely not jumpable!! Otherwise, nice trail, some walking on the road but I only saw one car whilst doing this so it’s by no means a busy route.

Lovely walk for a sunny winter's day. The walk up to the tower is immediate and a rather steep hill. You are aided by some steps, but once you make it to the top it's well worth the detour! Fabulous views all around and a stone showing you points of interest nearby. The rest of the walk was a nice mixture of woodland, village, countryside and road. A real variety of environments, and some really interesting points in the description to look out for. Very muddy in a number of areas but you'll be fine with hiking boots or wellies. Took around 2 hours, really enjoyed it, will definitely be doing this one again :)

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flooded
muddy
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washed out
15 days ago

Nice route but late in the day so a bit rushed but even with a couple of 12yr olds it was 2.25 hours. Last leg up the hill to the cafe was really muddy and all got wet feet. Wellies needed for this section!

on Faringdon Folly

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muddy
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

Great dog friendly trail, just Very muddy in places!

Loved this walk on a fresh November day. Parked in the village of Wonersh to start our walk from The Grantley Arms. Lots of trails through woodland. Steep climb to the tower at Chinthurst Hill but worth it for the views. Lovely to see the old railway station of Bramley and Wonersh. Wonersh village beautiful and the Grantley Arms all ready for Christmas and welcomes dogs. Would like to do this walk in the Spring/Summer.

hiking
3 months ago

walked on 22 Oct 2019 weather was glorious. on reaching the folly found it to be teeming with ladybirds perhaps they were making the most of the sunshine. tea and a slice of cake to round off the walk. What a lovely place Slindon is and intend to return regularly, want to explore Northwood area and its wartime history.

A lovely hike which is perfect for a summers day. I recommend only doing this hike during the summer as the king alfreds tower is only open then, and it’s certainly worth seeing!!

Fantastic detailed directions. Lovely views and great for walking the dogs with minimal road work. We started and finished at the Grantley Arms pub as we wanted to finish with lunch - delicious Sunday Roast!

Lovely walk. Instructions clear and easy to follow. Some steeper parts. Nice lunch at the Tring museum cafe

hiking
4 months ago

Pleasant walk - best done clockwise, to leave the scenic and quaintly named Nunhide Lane to the final stretch.

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over grown
5 months ago

We’ve done this trail before and loved it so returned with friends. Gorgeous start to the walk however once you leave the quarry area and cross Ray Brook the footpath is so overgrown it’s almost impossible to walk through. We also had to walk the road around the next section as the field was so overgrown with stinging nettles there was no way through. Then the footpath along the Vets college was closed! Fantastic start but awful second half. I’m sure at another time of year when weeds aren’t growing it will be a great walk again.

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over grown
5 months ago

nice walk did it backwards so we need up at the temple was a good goal and idea as we could rest a little at the end part by the stream was overgrown and difficult but was nice also £2 to park at the bivouac site.

Great little circuit for young kids with some great views. There’s also a quality cafe with a play area and barn for arts and crafts and a mini aviary.

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muddy
over grown
5 months ago

a nice walk. it goes through the village so be prepared for a good track to be on public road.

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bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
6 months ago

Walked this trail in July. It started off well, beautiful views and the route was clear, then as the walk went on we found it very overgrown in parts, full of tall nettles in areas and we had to tread very carefully over rocky streams (even the dog had to be carried in parts!) However, this was a very picturesque hike!

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bugs
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rocky
6 months ago

Great walk until you have to cut back along the stream/river edge. We did it in July and it’s very overgrown, full of nettles and boggy under foot. Stunning views on the rest of the walk though!

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