Frankly the interior of the castle wasn't to my personal taste, but the grounds....one big fat tick from this dame. There are various waymarked trails of different lengths around the park land from which to choose and seeing as the weather was, let's say a little mixed, one with coverage and not too long a hike was ideal for the day's conditions. Throw in the prospect of Croft Ambrey Iron Age hillfort and I'm in!
This particular route is noted for its stunning ancient trees.....it more than delivered.
The lumps and bumps of old age.
Flora and fauna seen along the way. Beetles and harebells.
Old man of the woods watching over you.
And the Daddy of them all. The recently discovered Candelabra oak which is estimated to be 750 years old. I've included a piccie of my gurning next to it to give you an idea of its size.
As ever I left with a great sense of peace which I never fail to find in the woods of my homeland.