Romantic Ruins Corfe CastleCorfe Castle has made it on to Countryfile Magazine’s shortlist of the 10 most romantic ruins in the UK.

Intrigued as to why our countryside has so many evocative historic ruins, Countryfile Magazine and John Craven want to explore why so many of us love to visit the crumbling remains of our past.

As John Craven says: “Is it by the impact they have on the landscape, the legends that surround them and the part they have played in our nation’s story, or is it simply the place they have in our hearts? How tumbledown should they be, how spectacular, how windswept, how threatening, how magical?”

Countryfile Magazine November 2010So the Countryfile Magazine team asked the UK’s heritage bodies for their favourite ruins and from this shortlist of 50, a panel including John Craven and Countryfile’s Jules Hudson whittled down the list to just 10.

Now they are asking the public to vote for their favourites. You can find details of the top 10 romantic ruins in the November issue of Countryfile Magazine, on sale now. Or you can visit Countryfile Magazine’s website at

Voting closes on 26 November 2010 and the winning ruin will be announced in the February issue of Countryfile Magazine.