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Be it fairytale or gothic revival, turrets or towers, dragon-filled or the home of royalty, castles come in all shapes and sizes. What they all have in common is their imposing outlines sitting in commanding positions, clearly selling the message about the wealth and power of their owners. If you fancy playing royals for the day, we bring you ten of the best castle walks. Castles across the UK have fascinating histories stretching over many centuries. Often used as fortresses in wars and power struggles, it is no surprise that they have enjoyed mixed fortunes. Whilst some are now only haunting ruins, others continue to be the homes of royalty and gentry. Take your pick from our hand-selected favourites and you will enjoy everything from the home of King Arthur or a current royal residence to a fortress dating from the Norman invasion or a modern gothic folly built solely to demonstrate wealth.

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Thomas Barrois reviewed Tintagel and Barras Nose Walk
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Clare Ziegler reviewed Beeston and Peckforton Castles
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A varied, quiet walk with plenty of stunning views. 3/5 instead of 5/5 stars because of the extortionate car park charge (£7.50 for just over 2 hrs!)

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Oliver Hyde reviewed Arundel to Amberley Walk
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peter mcintosh reviewed Beeston and Peckforton Castles
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problems parking at Beeston and so had to park at Peckforton, did the loop the other way round. Didn't realise the steep steps going up back to Peckforton.

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Trisha Ferguson reviewed Arundel to Amberley Walk
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Gorgeous walk with stunning views of the castle. Lovely now as leaves are turning and it’s not too cold. 20km with a picnic in the middle. 5 hours done.

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Janine Stevens reviewed Pickering Castle and Newbridge
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Got a little lost following tiny roads into peoples back gardens, so be cautious! Lovely walk though, through some woods and ending with the castle view

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kenny fairbrother reviewed Arundel to Amberley Walk
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Lauren Coker reviewed Millennium Way: Warwick Waterside
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A few nice views but mostly just run down canals and roads. In my opinion I wouldn't bother going, there's nothing relaxing about it or anything worth going out your way for unfortunately. There were also LOADS of wasps along parts of the canal. One even got stuck in my hair!

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Lauren Donovan reviewed Castell Coch Circular Route
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Natasha Bartholomew reviewed Arundel to Amberley Walk
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What a fantastic trail, we ended up doing a total of 20km with a cheeky stop off for lunch in Amberley overlooking the river Arun. Would definitely do it again!

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Steve Curtis reviewed Beeston and Peckforton Castles
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Varied trail with some excellent views. Quite short, although there is a decent climb by Peckforton up the mound. Great weather today helped. I can imagine the trail could get very muddy when wet.

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sarah madine reviewed Beeston and Peckforton Castles
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Gorgeous clear day. Views for days

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Michaela Janssen reviewed Tintagel and Barras Nose Walk
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Incredible walk with beautiful sights. Ww had to detour from the path in the beginning as there was a construction site blocking the path.

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sarah madine reviewed Beeston and Peckforton Castles
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Jamie Culverwell reviewed Arundel to Amberley Walk
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Excellent walk with fantastic views and beautiful scenery throughout. Also some good pub stops en route although it may be worth booking ahead with the current restrictions.

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Lazza Hood reviewed Beeston and Peckforton Castles
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Burhan Noman reviewed Arundel to Amberley Walk
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Mark Rodger reviewed Arundel to Amberley Walk
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Philip Baxter reviewed Millennium Way: Warwick Waterside
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This walk is comprised mostly of frankly ugly canals lined with industrial buildings and graffiti, and busy roads which stink of diesel fumes. There's a very brief distant glimpse of Warwick castle, but that's it. This is an exceptionally poor walk and I'd say avoid at all costs.

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Charlotte Serjent reviewed Tintagel and Barras Nose Walk
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Beautiful walk

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Lilita Meijere reviewed Millennium Way: Warwick Waterside
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chris murray reviewed Beeston and Peckforton Castles
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nice walk not too far but a good way to spend a few hours. they have a takeaway hut at start and finish if you want a tea or something. parking at start of walk is £3 for all day.

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Alen Piralic reviewed Arundel to Amberley Walk
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Hannah Mycock reviewed Beeston and Peckforton Castles
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Lovely Sunday afternoon walk, easy to follow and suitable for all ages and abilities (however there are stairs). Will definitely do this walk again.

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Julie Turner reviewed Bamburgh Castle and Budle Point
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Graham. Ogden reviewed Beeston and Peckforton Castles
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Great walk, lovely scenery

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