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The Tumbling Walls of Corfe Castle

Waiting in a doorway, and windows in the air at Corfe Castle

Staggered across a hill, the walls of Corfe Castle clamber up along into the sky, and lie in broken chunks down steep slopes. Waiting in a doorway, and windows in the air at Corfe Castle

It’s a place I remember running round with my brothers and sister and friends during school holidays, maybe pretending to be a princess (a sword fighting, bow and arrow firing princess – you have to be with three brothers), or just playing a sneaky game of hide and seek. Running wild. Walking along the path to Corfe Castle

To get to the castle, we walked along beside a stream hidden partly by trees, with the steely grey structure sitting high up on our left.Outer Gatehouse sign at Corfe CastleA wall of Corfe Castle, Dorset.

Only a few others were there that day, so we wandered about finding hidden nooks.Adventuring at Corfe CastleLooking through a window at Corfe Castle

Hardy plants grow out of the walls.Plant growing on a wall at Corfe CastlePlant growing out of a wall, Corfe Castle, Dorset.

There are doors that no longer lead anywhere, windows that hang up in the air. A window in the sky at Corfe Castle

The castle was built by the Normans after William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066. During the English Civil War it was targeted by Parliamentarians, and this is why the walls are fractured, broken and jagged, with boulders of brickwork sitting in huge lumps down the slopes.Dramatic sky looking out from the walls of Corfe CastleAt Corfe CastleSilhouette at Corfe Castle running up into the sky

We drove down to the beach afterwards, the sky turning blue. We found a wild decoration, hanging from a branch. We took it home, and now it’s hanging from our Christmas tree.A wild Christmas decoration at Studland Beach The Christmas decoration from the beach

Every Christmas, when we decorate the tree, I will remember our day at Corfe.



    • Thank you! I really love the landscape in this corner of England, even if it is a bit grey and cloudy. Somewhere that looks like here, with Italian sunshine and food, sounds very appealing! πŸ™‚

      • I simply love the grey and cloudy corners of England! Wish I could spend more time there to visit! πŸ™‚ Abruzzo looks like there in some places, we have some old castles that remind me of England and Scotland…but if you add a tasty dish everything looks better for an Italian like me! πŸ˜‰ Very nice to meet you! Alessia

  1. Beautiful beautiful photos. I passed by many years ago without really stopping to clamber over the stones. Love this part of the UK. Thanks for sharing those gorgeous details! I wonder who left that “wild” decoration there and if they will ever stumble across your blog! πŸ˜€

    • Thank you! It’d be lovely if they did. I’d love to know the story of how it got there! It looked so scenic I kind of felt guilty about taking it home, but as there was a storm that night, it worked out ok in the end! πŸ™‚

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