inspired by Hannah over at Mums Days and her 2015 Castle challenge, I set myself the rather more modest challenge of visiting one of the local castles which we had never been too.
What a lovely surprise and what a shame we hadn’t visited before now! It was a great afternoon out. There is not a great deal left of the actual castle, but there is a nice visitors centre, and lots of information boards dotted about.
We arrive after a short drive and found, much to our surprise, that the parking was free… where has free parking nowadays? From the carpark it is a short walk up to the site of the castle.
The weather was a little on the cold side, but were were all wrapped up warm and ready to get our shoes muddy! It was the first time we had taken Boo to somewhere like this without the pram/trike and she did amazingly well to walk as far as she did! And there were lots of little hills which she dealt with really well.
There are information boards dotted about the site with lots of interesting information on, which would be great for older children to either have read to them or read themselves. There was also a marvelous circular board which had lots of places of local interest listed on it showing the direction and the distance.
The ruins of the castle are really beautiful and I had great fun trying to take some photos of things other than my cheeky Boo!!
The view from Stafford Castle ruins themselves is amazing, and I honestly don’t think my photo does it justice.
Boo enjoyed exploring the ruins, and we were lucky in that there were only a few other people around, so she could run free! The walk up to the castle had caused some difficulties and we did have one slip over, and some muddy knees, but a day out isn’t complete without a bit of mud!!
At certain points, I must admit it did feel like we were in the movie Labyrinth!
We had to have a stop on the way back to the car so that Boo could have a rest and check the mud on her knees was still there! Daddy was on hand to carry a tired Boo back the rest of the way back to the carpark, (which was about 5 minute walk at normal speed). Though I think I was a bit slow, as I was stopping to take pictures as Boo kept looking round and waving at me!
All in all we had a really great time at Stafford Castle, I think it’s marvelous and it’s a real shame we haven’t been before now! I think it would be even better in the summer and we intend to go back with a picnic!