Hello Lily, Luke, Lenny, Lloyd and Laz! We have really enjoyed visiting wild ruins together as a couple, and thought it would be ever so fitting to suggest a little adventure to an amazing wild ruin near you. Maybe you could take a picnic! If and when you manage to visit it, please take a selfie for us <3 we love you xxx


Old Wardour Castle
Tisbury, SP3 6RR

Set by a lake and woods, in rolling downdland, this out-of-the-way castle has substantial remains, large grounds and romantic gardens to explore. It was built in the 14th century as a luxury fortified house but was badly damaged during the Civil War. By the 18th century, the castle was admired as a romantic ruin and became a feature in a landscaped garden. For the garden grotto, built around this time, stone was used from the castle and from nearby Tisbury stone circle. Today you can climb a spiral staircase to the top of the turrets for superb views over the countryside. The Wessex Ridgeway long distance path passes alongside the castle, offering excellent short strolls or long hikes in the area.

Map co-ordinates: 51.0365, -2.0888

Excerpt from 'Wild Ruins' by Dave Hamilton