Hampstead Norreys Castle is a Norman motte and bailey castle overlooking the village of Hampstead Norreys. The motte is 25m wide, and 4.2m high, made of chalk. The contours of the top suggest that a timber tower or defensive structure was built on the motte. The site was originally believed to be a tumulus, until later work confirmed its Norman origins. [source]
Eling Wood, with the castle to the right
We crossed a field with lots of flowers like this: Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum)
The big hill of the day
In the hedgerow, probably a leafhopper of some sort. Tiny, maybe 2-3mm
And a White-lipped Snail (Cepaea hortensis)
Fungi season again, but I’m struggling with ID. Best guess is Weeping Widow (Lacrymaria lacrymabunda)
At the top of the hill a look back to Perborough Castle Hill Fort (right up on the top)
Back in Hampstead Norreys, the Old Railway Bridge
More on Perborough Castle, which has no public access. There’s a detailed account of its origins and excavation here.
Historic England includes a terrain-shaded image of Perborough Castle at Compton, West Berkshire, made using a one metre bare-earth terrain model detrended to ‘flatten’ underlying hills and valleys. The bounds of the Scheduled Monument are outlined in red.