Near Bunbury a three hundred foot high rocky outcrop sticks up out of the plain, from the top, on a clear day, you can see across to the Pennines in one direction and the Welsh mountains over to the west. As long ago as the iron age it was recognised as a handy defensive position, the remains of an iron age hill fort are still recognisable. In the 13thC. a chap called Ranulf de Blondeville had the bright idea of building a state of the art castle on top of it.
As an aside the WRNS camp in Devonport was called HMS Impregnable, make of it what you will. I am led to believe it was often proved to be wrongly named.
Outside of the ditch there was an outer bailey wall with massive gatehouse and several D shaped towers.
In the event of a siege there was a well, three hundred and seventy feet deep, in the inner ward.
Our walk today took us round the base of the hill, unfortunately the castle is on winter hours at the moment and is only open at weekends so we couldn't get a close up view.
A mile or so over, on the next hill is Peckforton Castle.
Watch this space.........