Day 314 Mile 314: Rocky Castle Run. Berkhamsted Castle was built during the Norman conquest of England in 1066 after William the Conqueror defeated the Anglo-Saxons at the Battle of Hastings he advanced from the coast, across the Thames Valley and north into Hertfordshire. The Archbishop of York formally surrendered England to William in Berkhamsted, possibly on this very spot, and William ordered the construction of the castle before proceeding south into London. Subsequent kings granted the castle to their chancellors and it was substantially expanded in the mid-12th century (probably!) by Thomas Becket.
By the late 15th century, the castle became increasingly unfashionable and fell into decline. By the 1550s it was in ruins and deemed unsuitable for royal use. Stone was taken from the castle to build houses and other buildings in the town. The castle was almost destroyed during the construction of the London and Birmingham Railway in the 1830s. As a result, it became the first building in Britain to receive statutory protection from Parliament.
It is a crackers place sitting on the side of the Chiltern Hills nestled between the market town and the common land which is inhabited to this by the descendants of deer which were hunted by William and his knights. It still lies at a strategic crossroads but now overlooks the main railway line from London Euston towards the north west which mirrors the old highway of Watling Street.
It’s a crisp and clear day this morning and I had intended just to follow the road which goes around the outer moat (you can’t see much of the castle in the photo) but it all got a bit silly and I went into full on ‘Rocky’ mode running up the steps that ascend the mound of the inner Bailey. 🙂
I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.
Distance: 1956.0 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Thanks as ever for all the support!