The day I visited Flint Castle, I was privy to the most wonderful display of fluffy white clouds, billowing against a cobalt sky.
Flint Castle [Welsh: Castell y Fflint] stands on the banks of the Dee estuary, in Flintshire, North-East Wales. It was built between 1277 – 1284.
It was the first castle to be founded as part of Edward I’s campaign against Llywelyn ap Gruffydd (Llywelyn the Last) in North Wales, in his campaign to encircle and conquer Wales. Its most impressive feature is a solitary round tower.
It was the final refuge of King Richard II, before he conceded the crown to Henry IV.
Flint Castle is now maintained by Cadw, a Welsh Government body that protects, conserves and promotes the building heritage of Wales.
Access is free and via a path. Most parts of the castle are open to the public.