A photo blog illustrating the beautiful countryside within a walk or short drive of the town of Leek, Staffordshire. The area covered includes the Peak District National Park, Staffordshire Moorlands, Cannock Chase and South-east Cheshire.
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Pilsbury Castle in the upper valley of the River Dove is the remains of an 11th century Motte and Bailey fort. The fort was built by the Normans to enforce their rule on this part of Northern England. It commands the main route north-south through the Dove valley. The limestone rock in the photo was incorporated into the fortifications. The remains of the main mound (the Motte) is evident at the site as are the remains of the two enclosures (Baileys). Chrome Hill in the background echoes the shape of the rock. (Canon EOS 60D, Tamron 10-24mm @ 24mm, 1/640s @ f/8.0)