SIMON WHALEY

Welsh Border Seven Castle Challenge

Check out the October issue of BBC Countryfile magazine for my Welsh Border Seven Castle Challenge.

BBC Countryfle – October 2019

This month’s theme is castles, and sitting on the border with the country with more castles per square mile than any other country in the world, I had to have a go at getting as many castles as I could into one article. In fact, I could have got many more, but these are the ones that I suggested you could visit in one day (although the magazine has suggested you may wish to make a weekend of it).

Acton Burnell

Parliament was held here twice – in 1283 and 1285. Read more about the castle here.

Acton Burnell Castle

Stokesay Castle

More of a fortified manor house, than a castle, it’s still an amazing sight. 

Fortified Stokesay

Ludlow Castle

Once the administrative centre of the whole of Wales and the Welsh Marches, this vast building houses entire festivals today, throughout the year.

Ludlow Castle

Richard’s Castle

Reputedly the sight of a rare, octagonal-shaped keep, there’s not much left of this castle, but there are some fine views to be had across Herefordshire here.

Ruined Richard’s Castle

Hopton Castle

Recently restored, this square keep sits beautifully beside a reflective pool. 

Reflective Hopton Castle

Clun Castle

At the centre of the Clun Valley, at an important intersection of the River Clun and the main roads through the valley, stands this enigmatic ruin.

Clun Castle

Montgomery Castle

Overlooking the Severn Valley as it flows towards England, this castle sits close to the English/Welsh border.

Magnificent Montgomery Castle.

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