This area is a suntrap, and leads us to the upper path by the old castle ramparts. The Myrtle, Mirtus communus just about survives the frosts here, and is flanked by the scented Honeysuckle, Lonicera fragrantissima, and the Wintersweet, Chimonanthus praecox. The area has many daffodils in the springtime, and is a haven for wildlife. The area was home to huge Beech trees for many years which were removed in 1994 having become unstable. The yew tree tunnel leads you up to the upper level of the Old Castle embankments with some spectacular views back towards the castle. The old crenelated wall was built in around 1756 to link the old castle ruins into the views from the New Castle. Sir Walter Raleigh’s ghost is said to walk this path sometimes, probably on the days leading up to his execution on 29th October 1618.