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Vranov – Mala Skala (Little Rock)

The largest rock castle in the Czech Republic, this 15th century castle is perched high up on a sandstone outcrop with a virtually un-impregnable battlement. The numerous  memorials to children who have fallen off the sides of the castle somewhat focuses the mind, and Theo was well and truly contained in a backpack or on a dog lead.

A view of the rock castle, most of the pictures are taken at the very top left of the castle.

The Czechs are bewildered by the idea of a child on a dog lead, but given that they treat their dogs like children, I think it’s fair play. Numerous caves and impossibly steep narrow steps cut into the rock make this place pretty impressive. All around this area there are rocky outcrops for climbers and slow meandering rivers covered with flotsam and jetsam doubling up as canoes.

Access to the chapel (actually not a chapel) was impossible due to a recent rock slide - NOT reassuring as we scramble over the rest of the rocks.

The climb to the top was pretty vertical but the view from the knife edge was great. The Czech lack of Health and Safety has to be admired and respected in equal measure.

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