Hints of Autumn at Montgomery Castle

Hints of Autumn at Montgomery Castle

Castle Autumn scene

I always feel pleasantly surprised when a grey morning turns into a glorious afternoon here in mid Wales. It shouldn't really be a surprise, because most days delight me with a moving display of light and shadow as the sun and clouds move across the sky. It was one of those days when I didn't think about taking a camera on my walk up to Montgomery Castle, and I wished I had. I did, however, have my mobile phone, and managed to get a reasonable representation of the subtle hints of Autumn that were showing.

In many ways, the castle is a timeless edifice, the same any time of year.  But the land around it changes with the seasons. The light falling on the stones fluctuates minute by minute with the passing clouds and according to the ever-changing angle of the sun. On this day, the drifting clouds were indeed altering the intensity of the light in dramatic style. Even in the early afternoon, the sun cast lengthening, angular shadows.

The approaching Autumn increasingly treats us to wonderful misty vistas, even in the middle of the day. Autumn veils the hills in the distance in delicate pastels, causing them to take on an air of mystique. Looking around, I could see trees here and there with thinning canopies. The ash trees were yellowing, and others were just beginning to turn all shades of brown.


Castle approach
Looking south from the castle
Looking West from Montgomery Castle
Looking East over the castle wall

I was also excited to find some mushrooms amongst the castle ruins. I'm hopeless at identifying them and usually rely on the ispot website to help me identify them.  Perhaps if I put some photos here, you can have a go yourself!

This one on the right was the biggest, about 4 cm across, and I think it had yellow gills. The others were mainly quite tiny, and I couldn't see much detail at all with the naked eye. I love the way a camera can capture details you'd normally not see without a magnifying glass!

Castle mushroom
Castle mushroom
Castle mushroom
Castle mushroom
Castle mushroom

Finally, I got some shots of the fallen leaves around the outskirts of the castle. Autumn is definitely on its way!

See some of our other posts about Montgomery Castle and Autumn in and around Montgomery:

Autumn in and around Montgomery

Discover Montgomery Castle - Short walk

Autumn at the Dingle Gardens, Welshpool

Happy exploring! All the best, Anthea


Castle leaves
Castle fallen leaves
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  1. Great photos and yes, Montgomery is lovely in every season. At 5pm the sun was lighting up the castle as well as any son et lumiere !

  2. absolutely wonderful images of Montgomery Castle, autumn was definitely a stunning season. I’m currently working in the area, my 3rd visit, and take great pleasure in walking up to the castle. I especially loved it in December when it snowed, and managed to get some terrific images. I recently walked to the War Memorial; the views are as amazing as was suggested. I’ve linked back to this site from my blog where I write about some of the walks I have done since working here. I’ve posted an article to go out tonight just after 8pm on the walk to the War Memorial and a visit to St Nicholas church (one of many).

  3. Many thanks for your feedback Cindy, and for linking to this site. I loved reading your blog about your walks around the castle and up Town Hill to the monument. It is an amazing place, isn’t it. Good luck with the Camino!

  4. Hi Cindy …

    A really lovely walk article on your site about Chirbury, Montgomery Town Hill and Castle. Really glad that the views held up to our descriptions 🙂

    I managed to get some fabulous snow shots of Montgomery and the walk up Town hill overlooking the town just before Xmas. Have a look at our Facebook page here to see loads of them.. I reckon some of our other Facebook Albums also featured there may just tempt you back in the summer too 🙂 — If so please contact us and come to our cottage for tea/coffee and see our amazing views 🙂


    Very best wishes


  5. Happy to be of service Cindy 🙂 – Best wishes.. David & Anthea

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