Bailey Hill can look a bit on the bleak side in winter but at this time of year (after plenty of rain!) everything’s looking much more verdant.
The motte at Bailey Hill
Something I never get over coming here is how quiet and peaceful it is. Being set high on the hill, and slightly off the beaten track, there’s something curiously timeless about it.
Path behind the bailey embankment
(View across the valley to Agden and High Bradfield)
For a long time I had no idea the remains of a 12th century castle were hiding behind the churchyard in High Bradfield, and it was only on the off chance that one day, out for a walk, I took a right turn at a junction of footpaths I normally continued straight on at and found myself standing in the bailey of a Norman castle.