Intro: Actually the old site of Deddington Castle, which sadly no longer exists. The extensive earthworks mark the site of an 11th century moat and castle. Deddington Castle is an English Heritage site open to the public. The ground is raised and surrounded by ‘Urban’ Woodland.
Country: United Kingdom
Address: OX15 0TE
Size: Large Base
Closest Urban Area: Deddington
Why Hideout in Deddington Castle Site?
The hut is surrounded by a thin wash of trees and much woodland debris. This would likely buy you time when running away from Zombies and several ‘woodland traps’ could be set capturing as many zombies in high strung nets or snares as possible.
We expect you would run around the mound a lot, leading any zombies giving chase to their death/capture. Further plans for running courses and Team relays should be developed once a semi permanent group of survivors has been established.
More information about the former Deddington Castle is available on http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/deddington-castle/
Amongst the trees and bushes we came across a little stick hut. Most likely built by children. It can comfortably house around 2-3 adults in squatting position, with standing room for 1.
We realise this probably doesn’t look like a very good defence, We envisage it would primarily act as a hiding place/temporary shelter within the Castle grounds as a whole.
As the stick hut alone should NOT be considered a Zombie Hideout, we imagined it could be used to trap zombies by running through it- or acting as bait. Somehow trap doors would secure a zombie (or a group running close together) allowing the bait or chasee to escape unharmed, albeit out of breath.
Said ‘Stick hut’ is also surrounded by thick gloopy mud. A human could easily learn the terrain and dodge sticky points like this, where as dumb zombies would likely just get stuck and muddy.
How many people could this hideout hide?
Three in stick hut. Land could hold something like 400 people. (Probably)
Any disadvantages about Deddington Castle Site?
There is a small stream likely to be the remnants of the old moat.
This could be renovated. With the exception of ‘Land of the Dead’ I haven’t really seen zombies that are happy to take on deep water. That said, even if they are it would serve as a reasonably decent sound alert for any zombies approaching from Deddington Village, as their splashing in such a quiet location would easily grab your attention.
What improvements can be made to strengthen the base?
Substantial over use of stick traps, holes, and branches sprung into approaching zombies. An absolute last resort would be to bash the undead repeatedly with any of the ample branches and sticks that carpet the outer grounds.