Fenny Castle

Fenny Castle - Nr Wookey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3882

Fenny Castle – Nr Wookey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3882

Fenny Castle

Just about recognisable as the remains of a motte and bailey castle Fenny Castle sits in the middle of Wookey Parish in Somerset.    It was already a ruin over 500 years ago.  Since then it has been used as a quarry and is now covered in scrub and trees.

About three quarters of a mile away is this fingerpost showing the way to the surrounding villages and the small city of Wells.

Godney 1 1/2 - Nr Fenny Castle, Wookey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3858

Godney 1 1/2 – Nr Fenny Castle, Wookey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3858

The castle is surrounded by the flat farmland of the Somerset Levels.  Not sure these geese really enjoyed the snow.

Snow Geese - Fenny Castle, Wookey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3872

Snow Geese – Fenny Castle, Wookey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3872

I regularly see kingfishers flying up and down the River Sheppy that flows around the base of the castle.

Fenny Castle and River Sheppey - Nr Wookey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3906

Fenny Castle and River Sheppey – Nr Wookey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3906

Across the levels are small hamlets and isolated cottages.  Sitting on ground that is just a little bit higher than the surrounding fields.

Swanshard Cottages - From Fenny Castle, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3897

Swanshard Cottages – From Fenny Castle, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3897

Half a mile from the previous fingerpost is another classic Somerset sign.  Compared to the previous sign it is half a mile closer to Wells, a mile closer to Wookey,  and a full mile further away from Godney.  Not sure if this is possible, but who cares?

Godney 2 1/2 - Fenny Castle, Wookey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3909

Godney 2 1/2 – Fenny Castle, Wookey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3909

In Fenny Castle is this wayside cross.  Its seems to have lost its cross but it has been in this spot for around 700 years.   It shows how important this route was in medieval times.

Wayside Cross - Fenny Castle, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3924

Wayside Cross – Fenny Castle, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3924

The snow continues to fall as winter is determined to delay spring across Somerset.

Three Acres Farm - Fenny Castle, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3957

Three Acres Farm – Fenny Castle, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3957

Large numbers of fieldfare and redwing birds were around.  Maybe visiting the farms and gardens to escape the freezing winds higher up in the hills.

Redwing - Fenny Castle, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3976

Redwing – Fenny Castle, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3976

And Finally…

The fields around Fenny Castle are not always this white.

Deadnettles - Ashmoor Drove, Fenny Castle, Somerset, UK. ID 804_2471

Deadnettles in early April – Ashmoor Drove, Fenny Castle, Somerset, UK. ID 804_2471

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