Most people have heard of moats & drawbridges and they make a castle quite iconic as well as very well defended. A moat is a steep, defensive trench or ditch, sometimes dry or filled with water. A drawbridge is a bridge that can be raised or lowered over the moat. The moats could also be stocked with fish for the residents to eat. Visiting castles with moats is quite a treat. Visually they are stunning, grand fortified islands reflecting in the water.
Moat surrounding the impressive Caerphilly Castle in Wales, the largest castle in Wales and second only to Windsor Castle in the UK
|Moat & Bridge around Caerlaverock Castle, Scotland|
|Bridge over moat, Raglan Castle, Wales|
Moat at Raglan Castle, Wales, full of lily pads