Caroline takes on challenge of the Awful Precipice and Dragon’s Wood

Some jobs are destined to take you to the top of the world, and that’s just where Caroline Wellon has found herself in her new job as Park Manager of Hawkstone Park Follies.

The park’s magical landscape and dramatic terrain offers unrivalled views across the Shropshire countryside.  Caroline’s role incorporates overseeing the whole visitor experience which includes four miles of pathways, cliffs, crags, caves and deep woods and the many attractions along the way, “Swiss Bridge” “Gothic Arch” and “Raven’s Shelf” amongst them.

Caroline says, “Hawkstone Park is a captivating place offering an amazing outdoor experience for families, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts.  There is so much to see, but this also means there is a great deal of maintenance work required.  So it’s a huge challenge, especially as we are working with historical features within a Grade 1 listed landscape, but one I am truly relishing.”

Caroline’s vision for the park and sense of adventure is already starting to come intoforce.  An outdoor night of survival is planned on 15th June as a fundraising experience for an intrepidgroup of challengers, including Caroline herself, and a mud run is scheduled for September.

DavidSims, General Manager says, “It’s wonderful to have someone of Caroline’s enthusiasm and experience managing the park.  She’s been brought up in farming and combines a love of the outdoor life with sound management experience making her a real asset to our team.  We have fantastic plans for Hawkstone Park as we celebrate 20 years since our restoration, and it’s great to have Caroline taking things forward.”

One of the lead projects to mark the restoration of Hawkstone Park Follies is the launch of the park’s first dedicated website:  This captures the its history over the last 500 years, fabulous images, visitor information and the season’s events programme.


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