I do like a castle! Last year we managed to squeeze in a number of castles on our holiday in Wales but despite the wealth of castles in the South East (especially Kent) we don't often go on visits... for some unexplained reason they don't hold the same attraction for my wife!
Despite this, last weekend she suggested visiting Odiham Castle in Hampshire (only just...it's just over the Surrey/Hampshire border)
We recently decided that at least once a month we would take it in turns to organise some kind of family activity... having a teenager means we rarely do things together , especially as he's very busy with a host of musical things going on. We thought that this way we might spend a bit of time together although there is a danger in placing yourself in the hands of one of the others and entrusting them with choosing something to do.
My wife had to pick the first day (settled by dice roll...I'll make a gamer of her yet!) and came up with Odiham. I think there was a nice dog walk along the canal planned as part of the day which may have been her cunning plan all along.
|The remains of the octagonal keep|
|A very large upper floor fireplace|
By the 15th century it was used as a hunting lodge and had fallen into ruin by 1605, just leaving the keep. Apparently it has a ghostly minstrel... he didn't put in an appearance sadly
|The main entrance with a spectral figure...oh, sorry...it's my son...|
We finished off with a walk along the Basingstoke canal where one of the dogs tried taking on a couple of swans (not a good idea) and ended up for a late lunch at Newlands Corner, a Surrey viewpoint and beauty spot full of bikers, which does a very nice bacon roll.