Mow Cop Castle | Staffordshire-Cheshire Border

We were lucky enough to have some sunshine on the August Bank Holiday weekend this year, so we headed outdoors to find somewhere to explore with Elsa and ended up at Mow Cop Castle

We know Mow Cop quite well because we used to live in Cheshire and we could actually see the ruins from our kitchen window. This was the first chance we'd had to bring Elsa with us and she absolutely LOVED it! She was completely in her element running up and down the pathways, diving over rocks and jumping in and out of the stunning heather that was in full bloom. 

Mow Cop Castle is actually a folly that was built in 1754 by Randle Wilbraham, the local Lord of the Manor*. It's now owned and managed by the National Trust, and they operate a small car park on site.

The car park and entry to the site are both free of charge all year round, and it's completely dog friendly! [*Source: National Trust Website]

I have been trying to improve my photography skills, so I took the opportunity to take lots of pictures of Elsa in these beautiful surroundings.

As the clouds rolled over there was a mixture of glaring sunshine and dull grey lighting... Elsa was a very good model and waited patiently while I tried to optimise the camera settings and get the focus just right. As always she was fairly rewarded with some tasty treats and extra time to explore without interruptions.

I don't think I had the settings quite right all the time but I did take some pictures that I am very happy with...my favourites are the ones below: 

Mow Cop Castle

53A High St, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 3PA

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/alderley-edge-and-cheshire-countryside/features/mow-cop

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