Elsdon Castle

Northumberland | Elsdon | Castle earthworks |

[Elsdon Castle from Elsdon village]

All that remains of Elsdon Castle is earthworks, but as earthworks come, they're pretty impressive ones. In fact, this is about as perfect a specimen of a motte and bailey fortification as you can find anywhere in northern England, towering over picturesque Elsdon village and easily visible no matter which direction you approach the settlement from. The castle was built in the late 11th century by Robert de Umfraville to guard the surrounding Redesdale region, before being superseded by Harbottle Castle (itself now also a ruin) several miles to the north.

[Motte from the bailey]

📌 Elsdon Castle
Off B6341, north side of Elsdon village, G.R.: NY 938935 ///transmits.dogs.contour
Always open | Free

Anything else? From the village centre car park at G.R.: NY 937933 ///oldest.screeches.carbon it's a 5-min walk north to the castle on a narrow lane. Paths around the castle earthworks are informal, and very steep to reach the motte. Alternative access from the west side / B6341 is overgrown and there's no nearby parking.

[Eldon village from the motte]

[Bailey from the motte]

[Motte from below]

[Motte (background) and bailey (foreground)]

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