Unfortunately the castle was just closing, so I only got glimpses from the churchyard...
..and the lane.
It really is a remarkable survivor from medieval times.
To add to my delight the sky was full of chattering house martins. I rarely see hundreds of martins in the air these days. These wee birds were congregated on the castle roof, in the early evening sunshine.
Everynow and then they took off in a noisy flurry - a 'richness' of house martins - into the air. They circled then settled back on the old roof tiles, only to fly off and round again a few minutes later. It was wonderful.
My video is handheld on a tiny Panasonic but I think it captures some of the energy and exuberance of these beautiful little birds.
Good luck little Stokesay martins!