Follies

Hackfall Woods

Hackfall Woods

Druid’s Temple

Druid's Temple

Forbidden Corner

Forbidden Corner

Hackfall Woods

Hackfall Woods

Hackfall Woods are a Grade 1 listed garden, which was planted in the 1700s and enjoyed particular popularity with the Victorians. There are a number of follies in the woods, including Fishers Hall on the banks of the River Ure and Mowbray Castle high on the cliff edge, and there is also a spring fed fountain. The woods later fell in decline, but in recent years have been restored.
Distance from Swinton Park 1.5 miles
www.hackfall.org.uk

Druid’s Temple

Druid's Temple

Photograph © Copyright Chris Gunns and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Druid’s Temple is situated in woodland on the edge of the moors on the Swinton Estate, on the hills above the hotel. The site is steeped in history and intrigue; not a great deal is known about the construction of the folly, but it is believed to have been built in the late 1700’s by William Danby (owner of Swinton) at a time when there was a great deal of interest in Druidism as part of the emerging Romantic period. There is a central temple in the middle of the woods, with other features in the surrounding trees. Nearby is the café and luxury eco-camping site of The Bivouac
Distance from Swinton Park 1.5 miles
www.thebivouac.co.uk

Forbidden Corner

Forbidden Corner

The Forbidden Corner is a modern folly, a unique labyrinth of Tunnels, Chambers, Follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. It appeals to all ages, and has won awards at a national level. There is also a charming Herb Garden and Fish Temple.
Distance from Swinton Park 11 miles.
www.theforbiddencorner.co.uk

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