Foss Castle Lythe
NZ 832-117 Yorkshire England
Foss Castle is a late 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by Nigel Fossard. Standing against the deep gorge of Mickleby Beck, the large circular flat-topped motte is encased by a wide ditch and crowned by the remains of a rampart. Protected on the south and west by steep slopes, the motte is flanked by a northern triangular bailey and a larger southern rectangular bailey. A north-eastern ditch and the steep scarp of a western stream also gave defence to the open side of the castle. Abandoned in the early 13th century, when Robert de Turnham founded Old Mulgrave Castle, Foss has a dense cover of trees, so it is best viewed in winter.
Foss Castle is located south-west of Lythe in the Mulgrave Estate Woodland, off Low Lane. 6 miles west of Whitby, on the A174.
The site owned by the Mulgrave Estate and is open to access on foot from Low Lane, on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, closed during May.
Car parking is by the side of the road.