While I was staying in Portchester, and before the weather turned to total kack, I did venture around the local area and to the nearby remains of the 3rd Century Castle. Not much is left, the outer wall, the keep and the church are the main attractions, but it's right on the waterfront and the view from the top of the keep, up a ridiculously tight and twisty spiral staircase, is certainly worth a visit. The ruins themselves also enable some playtime with my camera to create some atmospheric/ arty farty piccies:
The Castle is a leisurely 1 mile from my sisters flat and is popular with families and pinickers.
The surrounding moat a popular place for local kids to have a go at catching crabs (get your mind out of the gutter...sheesh)
The arty farty portion of my post.
Various folk have left their mark around the site over the years...found these two older scribbles towards the top of the keep.
The view from the top looking towards the ancient church and across the water to Portsmouth.
Down over the site of the ruins
Looking north toward Portsdown Hill and the South Downs
Chloe searches for treasure down the well...apparently all that was sighted was a few coppers, a dime and a chewing gum wrapper.
The local village, the oldest part of Portchester, is full of some wonderful rustic cottages and a pretty good pub.