Probably one of the most photographed ruined castles in the south of England. Sat midway along the chalk ridge known as the Purbecks the castle dominates the skyline and can be seen for miles around. Located within walking distance of one of the more regular campsites we’ve visited the dramatic ruins are a magnet for photographers and artists.
Blown apart by the Roundheads the castle has a rich history including the location of a King’s murder.
The death of Edward the Martyr (reigned 975-978) is recorded in the Anglo Saxon Chronicles as “No worse deed for the English race was done than this was, since they first sought out the land of Britain. Men murdered him, but God exalted him. In life he was an earthly king; after death he is now a heavenly saint. His earthly relatives would not avenge him, but his Heavenly Father has much avenged him.”
Just needs the eye of Sauron to appear !
With the cool air rolling down the valley frequently forming clouds of mist the climb up West Hill is worth the effort.