At Mow Cop, the folly offers 360-degree views of the Staffordshire moorlands and the Cheshire Plain.
Mow Cop Folly
It's the southernmost outcrop in Cheshire of hard sandstone grit, rising 355m above sea level. At its highest point stands a mock tower that was built as a summer house in 1754 by Randle Wilbraham, the local Lord of the Manor. This tower is visible for miles around and is a major landmark visited throughout the year. Interestingly, it was the location for the first Primitive Methodist service in 1807.
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're 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 your vehicles. We require at least 14 days' notice for this service. Please note that we have a limited number of spaces.
To order a permit, please call the Cheshire Countryside Office on 01625 584412
Please note there are no toilets at Mow Cop Castle.
Car park hours
We've sadly taken the decision to close our parks and gardens, in addition to our houses, shops and cafés, to help restrict the spread of coronavirus. Unfortunately this car park here is now closed. We urgently request people to stay local and observe social distancing - please do not travel.
Car park postcode: ST7 3PA
Grid ref: SJ857573
The Cloud and Mow Cop are designated as RIGS (Regionally Important Geological Sites).