We took a big drive out of Leeds to Richmond yesterday stopping for a look at the 2000 year old remains of a Roman bridge before arriving in Richmond itself. An historic market town set on a hill, it was very hard to find parking. We eventually found a pay and display place at the bottom of the hill by the River Swale, parked and went for lunch at the Bishop Blaize Hotel. I have to say, it was one of the best pub meals I’ve had in years. Russ had the chef’s chill, and I had a sundried tomato, salami, mozzarella stuffed chicken breast, wrapped in bacon and cooked to perfection! Hand cut fluffy, crunchy chips and veg were excellent too! The only time I’ve tasted better chiili, it was cooked by ME!
Lunch over, we headed up the last of the hill to the Richmond Castle. With it’s amazing views of the town and countryside around it, you can well imagine why it was built here all those centuries ago. we’ve been to quite a few castles by now, but the views from this one take the cake!
Climbing the 140 plus stairs to the very top of the keep give even better views and is so worth doing! There’s an excellent exhibition telling the history from the time the land was granted in 11th century, to the conscientious objectors imprisoned here during the first world war. Informative with not too much reading to do.
We walked back to the car along the river stopping to view the not-so-impressive Swale Falls. Really pretty but not very spectacular.