Harriet and I were in Herefordshire recently and decided to visit the Norman medieval castle at Goodrich. We had been through Goodrich before when walking our Symonds Yat Circular but unfortunately had not had time to visit the castle while we there. When got there is was obvious to us why this ruin is regarded as one of the best examples of its kind in England today.
The castle is situated just outside the village itself. The weather was glorious and the approaching walk gave us great views of the castle and the surrounding Herefordshire countryside.
Although predominantly built of earth and wood at the time, there is evidence for the castle’s existence at the turn of the twelfth century. Despite this, the structure is remarkably complete for its age. Now owned and managed by English Heritage, you are free to wander the castle including its keep, courtyards, dungeon and even walk along the bottom of its moat.
We entered across a bridge from a vestibule known as the Barbican.
The highlight for us was climbing the steep spiral stairs to the top of the keep and enjoying the view from the battlements.
We will definitely be revisiting this site again. Goodrich Castle was as stunning as it was interesting.
From the top of the keep you could see the River Wye winding its way through the green landscape. We will have more of our adventures following the Wye for you soon. Make sure you have seen our Symonds Yat Circular and our Tintern Circular before the next Wye Valley circular is up.
Thanks to English Heritage for all their hard work.
Adam & Harriet