Mow Cop

Folly at Mow Cop Cheshire Countryside

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.


Please note there are no toilets at Mow Cop Castle.

Car park hours

Mow Cop car park is currently open. This is a small car park and we have limited spaces, so if the car park is full, please come back another time.

Car park closing times:
1 Apr - 31 May 6.30pm
1 Jun - 30 Sept 8.00pm
1 Oct - 31 March 5.00pm

Car park postcode: ST7 3PA

Grid ref: SJ857573

Mow Cop Folly Cheshire Staffordshire border

Mow Cop trail

Follow this trail around Mow Cop to find out more about its history.

The Cloud and Mow Cop are designated as RIGS (Regionally Important Geological Sites).