Number of views as of 31st August 2015 = 600.
Sandsfoot Castle lies just to the west of Weymouth in Dorset, on the shores of Portland harbour.
It was one of two castles, built by Henry VIII in the 1530s to protect Portland harbour from possible attack by Catholic forces from Europe, following Henry’s dispute with Rome and subsequent formation of the Church of England.
Sandsfoot was surrendered to Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War in 1644, but otherwise saw little military action.
The castle lies in ruins, largely due to coastal erosion of the cliffs on which it is built. However, its twin, Portland castle, on the opposite side of the harbour at Castletown has fared much better, and is open to visitors, courtesy of English Heritage
The Rodwell trail is an interesting walk, which follows the course of the old railway line linking the Isle of Portland to the mainland, and the castle makes an interesting detour along the route. The castle even had its own station on the railway line – Sandsfoot Halt.
Date: 13th April 2009.
Click here for a shot of Weymouth Harbour taken from the Rodwell Trail.