Corfe Castle

Picture perfect - Corfe Castle, Dorset

Picture perfect – Corfe Castle, Dorset

A murder mystery?

A murder mystery?

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.”

.... rimmed with fire, but was itself glazed, yellow as a cat's, watchful and intent, and the black slit of its pupil opened on a pit, a window into nothing

…. rimmed with fire, but was itself glazed, yellow as a cat’s, watchful and intent, and the black slit of its pupil opened on a pit, a window into nothing

Just needs the eye of Sauron to appear !

Corfe Castle at dawn

Corfe Castle at dawn

With the cool air rolling down the valley frequently forming clouds of mist the climb up West Hill is worth the effort.

And if the ruins aren't enough there's always the Soay Sheep to find.

And if the ruins aren’t enough there’s always the Soay Sheep to find.

 

 

 

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