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On the agenda today is a visit to Bodiam Castle, a 14th-century moated castle near the town of Robertsbridge. It was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III, to defend the area against French invasion, during the Hundred Years’ War. The castles ownership passed through many hands throughout the centuries. Restoration of the castle began in 1829 and is now protected as a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Monument. It was donated to The National Trust in 1925 by Lord Curzon, upon his death, and is now open to the public.
We wandered around the grounds, caught part of a tour inside the castle and climbed to the top of one of the turrets
We enjoyed our pre-packed lunch, with a flock of hungry mallard ducks. I think every duck on the grounds came to us looking for something to eat. They got nothing other than seeds of a tree branch and I tricked them into getting close to my fish-eye lens with rolled up pieces of leaves. Nice ducks, but not too bright!
After returning to The Byre, we took it easy for a while and then went to the Black Sheep Pub for some good pub grub, then back to the cottage for an early night. We’ll pack up in the morning for the drive to St. Neots,