Distance: 1 mile
Time: 1 hour
Archer’s ready, trebuchet armed and ready to go – let the adventure begin… Portchester Castle is a Medieval Castle built within a former Roman Fort in Hampshire. The humans parked at the car park on the left (just before reaching the Castle gates).
“rescue the Princess of Portchester imprisoned in the Keep guarded by the dragon.”
From the car park, we headed left and followed the sea wall path around the Castle, offering some superb views of Portsmouth Harbour. It is rumoured that the ghost of a monk dressed in a black robe and hood has been seen walking around the outside of the castle walls. The apparition will fade away into the distance when he is seen. Go easy as you pass the tower – you do not want to wake the Dragon! Once we reached the moat, I galloped on by taking the path down to a shingle beach – here I enjoyed splashing and swimming in the sea. HuDad was jesting about by throwing pebbles, instead of my ball into the sea for me to chase after. HuMum was left to look after my ball, which she obviously could not be trusted with, as some other dog “borrowed” it. I am sure she works undercover for The Black Knight!
Turning right up a slipway into Hospital Lane (best to have your lead on from this point), we continued our quest by heading up the road until it joined Castle Street and then headed back towards Portchester Castle ready to begin our attack. The Castle is run by English Heritage and dogs on leads are welcome here in the Outer Bailey, but are not allowed in the Inner Bailey or Keep. I also had no gold coins on me to bribe the gate house keeper – sorry Princess no saving you today!
The Outer Bailey, which contains a moat is a great area for families to picnic and chivalrous activities for little Knight’s in the making. There is a gift shop, which sells a small selection of drinks and snacks. Also a doggy bar by the car park toilets.
This little adventure took us about an hour by the time we had a walk and a sniff about. A great little route, but it will take a braver dog than me to rescue the Princess from the Keep! Have you walked this route? Do you have any suggestions for walks in Hampshire? Feel free to leave me a comment on the blog.
Ruby Dog x