The sixth castle on our list, building commenced in 1190 near the site of an earlier motte and bailey castle. At one time it was in the hands of Richard III but he spent little time there. After Richard's death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 the castle stayed in royal hands up to the reign of James I when it was sold. It fell into disuse and disrepair in the 17th century and was garrisoned in the Civil War but saw no action. It is now in the care of English Heritage. Right next door is Ben Haslam's racing stables and there were a few fillies on display! I was gonna photograph one until I got "the look"!!!
The source of this river lie in the shake holes which are found between Buckden Pike and Great Whernside that feed many small gills such as East Stone Gill, West Stone Gill and Downs Gill. Where these conjoined flows meet Hazel Bank Gill is where the river becomes known as the River Cover. And not a lot of people know that!!! It travels north east until it joins the River Ure, south-east of Middleham, just up the road from where we were and our next port of call!
Another shot of the Thorneycroft.
Apparently they were doing an advertising shoot showing this old-timer delivering barrels to the pub!!! Superb!
Whenever we see these delightful scarecrows we just have to buy a couple!!!
And yet another view of the harbour.
The lighthouse stands on Vincent's Pier and was built in the 18th century.
........and another with the castle in the background.
A view of the harbour.
Beautiful looking building.