Hamish visited in April 2007. We walked a couple of miles first (see Walks Directory) so were glad to find a water bowl for Hamish and picnic tables and a coffee machine for the people. There’s a car park with toilets for those arriving by car. The ruin has a virtually complete outer curtain wall and well preserved earthworks (including an impressive motte). One of the towers is complete and gives a clear impression of the thickness of the walls and ‘inward’ defence plan as well as loop holes to keep attackers away from the outside of the walls. Views from what remains of the keep atop the motte show how potential enemies would be sighted well before arrival – especially from the north. These days it is a great place to look over Pickering and the steam railway.
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DogPeople Says : Pickering Castle
In Pickering 15 miles South West of Scarborough (OS Map 100; ref SE 800845). Parking 75m from entrance.
You and your dog will love to explore the grounds of Pickering Castle. A fine early Norman castle, set in an attractive moors-edge market town, Pickering is a classic and well-preserved example of an early earthwork castle refortified in stone during the 13th and 14th centuries.
Check the English Heritage website for details.
Dogs on leads are welcome at Pickering Castle. Please note that restrictions may apply to certain areas of the site.
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