Photographer's Note

This is Pendragon Castle, by legend home of Uther Pendragon father of King Arthur. So who knows perhaps King Arthur once looked out on these cold northern fells? According to local legend Uther tried to divert the nearby River Eden to form a moat for his castle, giving a reason for the local doggerel:

Let Uther Pendragon do what he can,
Eden will run where Eden ran.

Of course like much of the legends of King Arthur what remains of the true tales of an ancient king has been subsumed by the balladeers and storytellers of the ages between, though there are other sites in Cumbria with links to the legend. So just maybe?

This castle dates from the time of the Norman Conquest (probably about 500 years after any real King Arthur lived and died!) the first castle was built in the 12th century and there is no archaeological evidence for earlier fortifications in the area.

Ah well, it's a beautiful ruin and rather a nice story and there's not an Englishman alive who isn't a little stirred by the legend of the once and future King sleeping beneath a hill to awake at the hour of England's direst need.

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