There’s no stopping the Moleside Walking Group. Just a couple of days before Christmas 15 members & partners led by Philip Schofield set out from Brockham eastwards following an old stage coach trail across a part of Surrey the group hasn’t visited in several years. Their destination – the mysterious and eerie ruins of Betchworth Castle.
Mentioned in The Doomsday Book, and once clearly a great house, this site in its time has been a residence of the Earl Marshall of England, the Sheriff of Kent and The Groom of the King’s Bedchamber.
Walking group coordinator Steve Mustoe takes up the story –
“Castle is a rather grand description as it is in fact a mostly crumbled down fortified medieval stone house but one with spectacular views overlooking the river Mole !”
“We circled the “overgrown ruins” and headed back towards Brockham with its picture postcard properties, small shop, cafe and pubs.”
“We paused at the village pump, dedicated to local benefactor and one time owner of Betchworth Castle, Thomas Henry Hope, before lunching at The Grumpy Mole where we enjoyed a very good meal washed down with some excellent Youngs beer ! “
Thanks to Steve for his fine photographs and help with this report, to Alec for his digital record of the route – and to Philip for his research before leading the way.