Just when you think you’ve found all that Yorkshire has to offer, something sneaks up on you and leaves you in awe that you and this folly in South Yorkshire Neddle’s Eye is a beautiful hidden gem that all Yorkshire folk need to visit.
The 14-metre high pyramid is a grade II listed building in Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire. Wentworth Woodhouse is one of the largest stately homes in the country. The estate is surrounded by 180 acres of parkland sitting on a 15,000-acre estate.
There is a range of buildings and follies on the estate most interesting to us is the incredible Needle’s Eye which is a sandstone block pyramid which a beautiful gothic arch that frames the countryside perfect for any budding photographers. Other follies in the area include: the others include Hoober Stand and Keppel’s Column.
Allegedly the Needle’s Eye in Wentworth Woodhouse was built in the early 18th-century to win a bet as the second Marquees Rockingham claimed he could drive a coach and horse through the eye of a needle.
The eye-catching folly is accessible all year round and is set in the landscaped gardens which are a perfect place to wander – especially in the warmer summer months. For those that love their Instagram, it’s a great place to get the perfect snap, and for families wanting a day out it also makes for a great picnic spot.
If you’d like to visit the folly, you can park up on Coaley Lane, and it’s only a short walk away. Otherwise, you can park up on Wentworth and enjoy a circular walk that takes in the Roman Ridge, Hoober Stand and the Needle’s Eye before heading back to Wentworth.
If you’d like to have a go at the relatively easy 7-mile then there is a full guide from start to finish here.
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