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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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Paths a little overgrown so long trousers helpful. A little slippy after rain but walking boots helped. Clear easy instructions and some good places for the dog to go off his lead.

Lovely relaxing walk on a sunny Sunday morning with family.

Nice walk, the only thing you need to be mindful of is the car park suggested is closed during the week and only open weekends, there are other car parks available further down, you just need to adjust your walk accordingly.

nice steady walk apart from the witches steps, which definitely get the heart pumping

Amazing little walk for those lazy days you want a quick short walk. but if it's your first time on the walk the castle is def a very good detour, and if you are a student you might want to carry you student ID join Cadw. https://www.cadwmembership.service.gov.wales

Perfect for a lovely scenic stroll, throughout the Cheshire countryside, really enjoyed this walk.

Relatively flat route bar the hill climb from the castle upwards. It's a short incline so isn't too tricky for a fit person. Not suitable for wheel chairs. Takes about an hour.

A fantastic walk from the town up onto the purbeck hills. A nice step initial hill to up along the blowy tops. Was a good route easy to follow the views where really nice and got especially good the further to the Sea. Great end to the walk was a Chicken burger at one of the bars on the chine followed by a train steam train ride back to the car.

Payed £3.50 for the car park at Beeston Castle. This walk took around 2 hours with some short stops. The paths were dry and the only strenuous part was the short climb up the witches steps. As most of the walk is in the woods, the views were lacking but there were far-reaching views from the fields below. A very enjoyable walk.

this is a very pleasent walk from bamburgh castle which is well worth a visit a fairly easy walk really used gps tracker which made the journey easier to follow a lot of the walk is on the beach very nice completed this on 11/11/2019 regards Peter

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Just did this walk again with a friend from Singapore. Just as good as last time and hardly saw anyone. Brilliant walk.

We had a most enjoyable walk which wasn't too strenuous, although the witches staircase was a bit of a challenge! Lovely views of both castles at various points during the walk. We'll definitely be doing this walk again!

The slippery downhill stretch mentioned at point two really is treacherous when muddy and extreme care should be taken.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Brilliant walk! A bit of everything! Fantastic instructions! A good pair of boots is a must as suggested x

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Tranquil walk and beautiful without too many other walkers - just perfect X

Sunday, May 28, 2017

We did this in July 2016. Fantastic views across Poole Harbour. Clear instructions and a good trip back on the steam train.

Really enjoyed this walk and so did Daisy the dog. The views from various points on the walk give you a new perspective on the castle and the Copper Horse. If anything I think it would be a better route in reverse. Here's why. 1. The view from the Copper Horse would come earlier in the walk and provide a spur to go on for the less willing. 2. There is more and better parking at the Ranger's Gate than there is at the Cranbourne Gate so I'd suggest that as the start and end point. 3. The Post Office would then come towards the end of the walk and provide a suitable reward for your efforts. Not a criticism by any measure, just an observation. Great walk for all abilities.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Great directions.Lovely walk.Thankyou.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

OK, the day we went was almost perfect with a wonderful blue sky and sunshine. But I would say that it is probably the best beach I have ever visited. Bamburgh itself is a bit of a tourist destination but don't let that put you off. You only have to follow the walk for a few hundred yards to leave the town behind and enjoy the fantastic coastline.

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