Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

Musbury Castle (Hill Fort), Musbury, Devon

Taken from the Old English translation, the name Musbury loosely (and most delightfully) means 'ancient place overrun by mice'. In other words, abandoned and left to the wild. One of a string of hill forts running along the west side of the Axe Valley, it is the second from the coast, the first being Hawkesdown at Axmouth; whose original ancient name was Hocksdon. This part of East Devon was heavily defended during prehistoric times. The hill forts created a buffer zone between the Durotriges to the east in what is now Dorset, the Dumnonii to the west and the Dubonni to the north, jealously guarding a trade route through the Axe and Yarty Valleys, and culminating in what has been described as a Neolithic Clapham Junction at Hembury.

The photo above was taken by the farm situated above St Michael's church...the photo below just above the farm and looking down the track towards it.

Further up (below) can be seen Hembury to the north.


The photo below shows the view to the south. The central gap is the coastal town of Seaton and the faint glints below that are the fishing lakes at Lower Bruckland some three miles inland. The prominent hill to the left is Hawkesdown, topped by it's hill fort.





These last two photos were taken from as far as I could get to that day. Unfortunately, after visiting several places, I didn't have time to make it to the top before my next bus home, although whilst chatting to someone at the bus stop I was told that I was quite near to the top.

The photo below shows the highest viewpoint on the far right.

There are just these photos in the Photo Gallery album at the moment. I will be going back in the near future though, and will climb to the top of the hillfort to take photos of it and the view from there. More info about the hill fort itself will be added once I've included the latest photos.

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