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Baron's Folly


Baron's Folly

Not long after Lilliard's Stone, and on the top of Down Law (to the left) stands Baron's Folly. This stone structure is reputed to have been built by a local Baron as a trysting place for himself and his lover, while a servant kept watch in case the baroness should approach. Who the Baron was does not seem to be known, but that he should want to build a love nest on top of a cold and windy hill, seems like folly indeed.

Below the folly is Baron's Folly Moss, an area of wet ground which has over the years become a pond. This pond is now used by a large range of water fowl, gulls and waders throughout the year.

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