After admiring Pickering's ducks we had a look around one of its other attractions - Pickering Castle. The structure was first established under William the Conqueror in 1069-1070, though its stony solidity was only added in the centuries that followed under a succession of rulers. Sadly entry beyond the castle gates was closed at this time of the year. Maybe next time. Not to be dissuaded by the partial access we got a good look at the curtain wall and its towers. An impressive structure indeed. And damn spooky too, with its filmic crows settling in poses on the stonework that would have had Poe scrabbling for a suitably Gothic phrase.