Brough Castle

Brough Castle

Eden Valley

Route: Brough Castle

Area: Eden Valley

Date of walk: 17th April 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.5 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

Weather: Sunny at first, cloud gradually moving in

There’s a good view of Brough Castle from the nearby A66 and we’ve driven past here 100s of times, each time vowing to visit but never getting round to it. It was high time that we rectified this omission

Brough Castle is under the stewardship of English Heritage and although entry is free there are specified opening times, so check before visiting. The castle is situated in a strategic position and is a reminder that in the 12th century this area of England was under threat of attack from Scotland

We parked in the village of Church Brough and entered the castle grounds. The wonderful views in all directions indicated why this site was chosen by the original builders. As we walked out of the village we could hear the hum of traffic from the nearby A66, but as we progressed further along the valley the noise receded and was replaced by the plaintive calls of curlews and oystercatchers. This provided a wonderful soundtrack for the rest of the walk

On reaching the half way point at Great Musgrave we walked along a quiet country lane for a while before setting off on the return leg across the fields (some of them very muddy). The highlight of the walk was undoubtedly the castle, but the beautiful surrounding countryside is worth exploring in its own right

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