Folly In Aysgarth, North Yorkshire
A trio of curious follies located behind Sorrelsykes House near Aysgarth.
If you were a bit of a show off and had some spare cash to throw around, then back in the day you would have built a folly on your grounds. A folly tended to be a building that had no real purpose other that to say you have one. But if you really wanted to brandish your wealth to your neighbours, then why not build three!
Sitting on a small ridge behind the Sorrelsykes House, near Aysgarth are three curious follies. The first looks rather like a large rocket ship and as such has acquired that as a nickname. Built around 1860 it actually has a small room inside.
Next door we have a small stone arch of two cylinders with a little roof.
Further along the Pepper Pot which was built around 1921 and actually had the functional use for curing bacon!
If you can get dropped off, then there is gate along the road to West Burton with a permissive path to the follies. If not, then you can park your car in West Burton and head along a longer permissive path.
Please note the footpath runs along the bottom of the ridge, so please be respectful if you head up to the follies.
For more information and photos and head over to our friends at The Folly Flaneuse.
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From West Burton follow the fingerpost over a little bridge next to the waterfall and then look for another fingerpost heading across a field. Just keep going straight until you reach the follies.
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If you need to park your vehicle, then you can park at West Burton and follow a permissive path to the follies. Approx a 20 minute walk. Alternatively there is a gate to a permissive path from the road, but which is only a 2 minute walk there if you can be quickly dropped off instead.
Contributed by Simon Hawkins
Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.
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