Roman Bridge, Richmond Castle and the Yorkshire Dales


Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Dales


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.

Our car is parked down in the car park at the centre of the photo

Our car is parked down in the car park at the centre of the photo

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!
Best pub lunch here so far

Best pub lunch here so far

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!

view from the castle keep

view from the castle keep

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.

Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Dales

Our trip home took us through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, along much of the route travelled by the tour de France riders recently. Plenty of towns and villages along the route still had yellow bunting, ribbons and yellow painted bikes out. The roads are narrow, winding and steep in most places, so I was pretty happy to be seeing it from the car rather than a bike! We saw lots of people on bikes out there though and I can only imagine they were imagining they were competing! I loved the dales with its stone walls, stone cottages, stone barns, stone bridges-all the same brownish, greyish, moss covered stone. It’s gorgeous and green out there right now, but I can imagine it looking quite grim at times, but somehow it’s still beautiful!
Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Dales

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