Recently I've been trying to make an effort to get out and about more with Allsy, even if it's just to somewhere local. So on Saturday when we went to pick up an ebay purchase from Conisbrough, South Yorkshire (which isn't too far away from where we live) we went to visit the castle too.
From the outside the castle looks like a complete ruin.
But there is a part of the castle strangely still intact, which mainly consists of...
...tiny windows with glimpses of the views
After climbing all those windy staircases and seeing tiny snippets of the view, finally, at the top of the tower, you get panoramic views over the whole area. Even with the day as grim and grey as it was it felt good to be out in the open, if not a little scary as it really was very high.
It made a nice change to go there for the afternoon. Me and Allsy had refrained from buying wooden swords from the gift shop and going round the castle re-enacting battles, so we just had a nice little wander round and a sit down in a few places instead.
Other than the view at the top (and the chocolate cornflake bun I had) my favourite part of the day was seeing how wildflowers had found their way into all the nooks and crannies of the ruin, even way up high at the top of the castle.
Allsy's favourite part was all the weird willy drawings at the top of the tower, he said it made the trip thoroughly worth it.
This one obviously didn't make the grade.