Tuesday 27 September - Bradford
The Midlands Hotel - our shower. Houston
we have a problem! This looks more like a
scene from Dr Who.
The back massage jets worked
beautifully. There was another shower head as
well that didn't make it into the picture.
Looking up from the foyer of the
Some interesting architecture
along the way.
Conisbrough Castle. Quite
imposing the closer you got to it. The tower
at the back was a bit of a climb. The views from the
top were worth the climb. A couple of school groups
were going through it at the same time. The
visitors center has an education area for schools.
The views from the top of the tower.
Some insight into what the castles interior must
have looked like in its hey day.
More views of some of the castles ruins below.
A lunch stop at the Bridge
Inn. The owners were also renovating a
room that would eventually be a tea room.
Pictured above some of the items decorating the
room. After this we had to cross the bridge....
the toll....40 pence!
Our second castle for the day .... Lincoln Castle in
Lincoln of course. Here is a view of the tower
the highest vantage point of the castle. 360
degree views from up there although scenic in our
day were pretty advantageous to those in medieval
This castle was built more as a fortress than
anything else. 1000 soldiers would train and
live here. It also houses two prisons and a
court. This is classified a 'working
castle' because the court and prison still
operates within the walls.
Views from the entry gate of the village and the
stupendous cathedral which dominates the town.
The Magna Carta is housed in this vault. We had
a close up and personal look at it and two other
medieval documents kept in the vault. Lucky for
us, David learned latin.
Pictured above .... the West Gate
Pictured below ... the East Gate
Gotta love castle walls. It is 1/3rd of
a mile long and we got to walk the whole length of
Down into the dungeon. It was pretty
foreboding down there by yourself. Had to
climb through a hole and down a ladder to get to the
Strange that it had a window.
Be pretty freezing with the wind blowing through in
the winter no doubt.
Pictured above.... a close up shot of the West Gate
taken from the Castle wall on the East Gate side.
Lets get on with the walk shall we?
Another shot from the wall - in the foreground one
of the prisons and in the background the Tower.
The door to the garden cemetery.
The prison. This one particularly was used to
hold those who could not pay their debts.
Pictured above a view of the village taken from the
top of the Tower.
Pictured below a view looking back
along the wall to 'Lucy's Hill' This is area
is a getaway area. A safe haven from
intruders. They would take anything they could
burn and throw it around the bottom of the hill as a
defence. The stair case was originally a ramp.
More views from the Tower of the prisons in the
foreground and the courts in the background.
The lovely streets of Lincoln. It was a little
slow getting through there!
Onward bound and an hour away we
were in Skegness, a seaside retreat and a fun
playground for all the family. A bit of a mini
Blackpool Pleasure Beach but far less tacky.
A lovely Tudor looking building below...
We had dinner here on our first night in Skegness.
Wednesday 28 September - Skegness
Today is really a rest day before
driving into London on Thursday
Wow.... look what we found in Skegness. We
were pretty much booked out for the day so we didn't
get the opportunity to visit it.
Pictured below a water park.
Some homes that line the streets of Skegness.
Pictured below a wind farm. I counted 120 of
them. My new camera appears to lack a panorama
setting so you won't see all of them in this pic.
A work of art or an eyesore ? You decide.
In close up..... an oil rig!!! Looks like
something out of a sci fi.
The beach without the wind turbines out of view.
Pictured below Sunningdale B & B. Very cosy and
comfy. David in foreground and the car we are
Thus endeth Skegness. London here we come.