Mow Cop Castle

The ruined wall was built to add the effect of a ruin for the dramatic view © Melanie Marsh

The ruined wall was built to add the effect of a ruin for the dramatic view

The castle

Walks around Mow Cop

There are lots of popular walks in the area

There are lots of popular walks in the area

Group Visits
We know that there are a number of popular publicised walks which start from, or take in Mow Cop on their route. However, the National Trust's car park which visitors can use for a maximum of two hours is small and is not suitable for large groups wishing to stay for longer periods.

If you are organising a walk or visiting as part of a walking group, we would be happy to provide you with a daily permit and make arrangements for additional parking, for a maximum of 12 vehicles. We require at least 14 days notice for this service.

To order a permit, please call:
The Cheshire Countryside Office on 01625 584412

Toilets
Please note there are no toilets at Mow Cop Castle.

Car park hours
The car park is open from dawn until dusk.

Timeline

  • 1754 Mow Cop Castle built as a summerhouse for Rode Hall's Wilbrahams
  • 1824 Parts of the walls restored and the door replaced for £4.4s
  • 1841 Further restoration to the folly open to the public to visit
  • 1850 Court case over ownership - Wilbrahms vs Sneyd of Keel Hall
  • 1923 Folly in joint ownership. sold to Joe Lovatt with land for quarry
  • 1937 After local campaigns, quarrying stopped & folly handed to Trust
  • 2002 foundations reinforced and brickwork pointed up
  • 2003 National Trust's repairs completed
  • 2012 Take a step back in time and visit Mow Cop's picturesque folly

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