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Ashby-De-La-Zouch Castle, Leicestershire added to Castles and Fortifications in East Midlands by D0c.Col on 29/04/2023

I checked on DS and there is no FRZ or Bylaw that I could find tonprevent flight. Just be mindful of the Heritage Staff that might challenge you from the ticket office

THE CASTLE
Ashby de la Zouch Castle is a ruined fortification in the county of Leicestershire, England. The castle was built from the origins of an earlier 14TH CENTURY manor in 1473 by William, Lord Hastings. Two large towers and various smaller buildings were added over the subsequent 10 years and the Hastings family used the castle as their seat for several generations, improving the gardens, and hosting royal visitors.
During the English Civil War, Henry, a younger son in the Hastings family, became a Royalist commander in the Midlands. It didn’t go well for Henry as he was forced to surrender the castle after a long siege and later, after a fresh rebellion occurred in 1648, Parliament slighted the castle in order to reduce its standing as a military base. The two towers were badly damaged with gunpowder and undermining and Parts of the remaining castle were turned into a new house, and continued to be used by members of the Hastings family for many years, although they moved their main residence to Donington Hall.
The castle became famous after it featured in Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe in 1819, and its owner, Francis Rawdon, opened the ruins to visitors.
Restoration work was carried out over the course of the next century, but by 1932 the Rawdon family could no longer afford to maintain the castle. It passed into the hands of the Ministry of Works, who carried out extensive repairs and opened the castle gardens. The castle is currently managed by English Heritage as a tourist attraction, receiving over 15,000 visitors a year and historians consider the site to be an outstanding example of a late medieval castle.

I TOAL just outside the English Heritage Site next to the double wooden gates. You can get a good view of your flight from here.

Parking nearby can be problematic but I parked up Warwick Way just off South Steet/Warwick Street and walked back towards South Street to a large field on the right marked as Memorial Grounds in Google Maps and has public right of way (marked on DS map). The lane on the opposite side of the field leads to my TOAL point not far from the ticket office.

Land owner permission not required.

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Co-ordinates: 52.74591, -1.467151 • what3words: ///senders.cried.spend

The originator declared that this location was not inside a Flight Restriction Zone at the time of being flown on 12/04/2023. It remains the responsibility of any pilot to check for any changes before flying at the same location.

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Co-ordinates: 53.33715, -3.850504 • what3words: ///weaved.covers.dynasties

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Co-ordinates: 57.65991, -6.368951 • what3words: ///paving.cracking.flamingo

Hailsham and the common pond (By grandad1950)

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Co-ordinates: 50.85889, 0.259066 • what3words: ///puddles.goose.slide

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Co-ordinates: 57.58238, -6.324887 • what3words: ///youthful.direction.copycat

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Co-ordinates: 58.26964, -6.793904 • what3words: ///peachy.spectacle.tastings

River Wear at Hylton (By mollin)

This is really a 2-part location, with Hylton Viaduct as the separation line; with each part accessed from the same starting point.

Parking at W3W: ///served.only.live (or across the road in the other car park…) is free.

The car park is next to the burnt-out shell of the Golden Lion pub. You will also find the old ferry tethering post, and a small boat with a large rock in it, next to the car park.

If you don't have a car, South Hylton metro station is only about 500m away.

Other Points of Interest (POIs)
The Wear Hopper 36 is at W3W: ///party.reap.jabs
The Shipwrights pub is at W3W: ///then.horses.gifted

TOAL from W3W: ///arrow.drank.closed, or follow the public footpath further along the river bank and choose a spot to your liking.

The 2 anchors are at W3W: ///economies.prices.study – they lie either side of a path through the trees near the Golden Lion.

Hylton Viaduct is at W3W: ///storms.length.mole

There is a public footpath that goes under the bridge. Follow this path and you will come to the wreck of the Elegant II near the river bank. The last part of this short walk can be wet and muddy, wear appropriate footwear.

A useful TOAL spot is at W3W: ///curiosity.trim.swim – this gives line of sight to both the Elegant II and the viaduct.

For all POIs, watch out for birds and other wildlife.
Enjoy!

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Co-ordinates: 54.90495, -1.456158 • what3words: ///oils.indoor.cotton

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Co-ordinates: 55.29371, -2.748002 • what3words: ///wipes.tomorrow.daredevil

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Decent sized car park, which gets busy, but superb views over the waterfall and great VLOS over the water to Kilt Rocks.

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Co-ordinates: 57.61092, -6.172351 • what3words: ///named.existence.dolphins

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Log ranging views, which I don't feel I did particular justice to as we were with friends and I didnt want to delay folks too much, I need to return here for a longer stay...

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Co-ordinates: 57.86892, -6.953348 • what3words: ///chaos.rushed.column

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