Sunday, 19 September 2021

A walk around a castle

I thought it wise not to take Tilly to the puppy training class yesterday with her being in season. I wish now I had had her spayed at six months old as I've since been told that can be advisable but I always thought it was best to wait until after the first season, anyway it's too late now. We'll have her spayed early next year, three months after her first season has ended and that is also what's recommended. Hopefully we will make the final training session next Saturday but I'll see how she is before deciding whether to take her or not.

Wanting to find another quiet walk for her on a nice warm September morning I decided to take her to the castle grounds fully expecting it to be quiet there and it was. There was no need to have pre-booked tickets and when paying the admission fee I asked for the senior rate and the nice young man asked if I was old enough which was a very nice compliment :) He was taking payments by leaning out of an open window and he made such a fuss of Tilly and showed a lot of interest in her which was nice.

So here's a few photos from our visit


 

 

Dogs on lead are allowed but only on the ground floor levels.  There are several towers but there's no way on earth I would go up there with or without a dog as I hate heights. As you can see there is a man with two young children up on the top enjoying the fantastic views.


It's interesting to see the outer and inner walls and just how thick the walls are.




 It was nice watching from a distance the farmer in his vehicle and his two sheepdogs rounding up and moving a flock of sheep.


 

 and what are you doing in there Tilly :-)



So that was a very enjoyable morning and we even stopped and sat outside a cafe for a large latte and a bowl of water for Tilly before heading home.


6 comments:

  1. It looks like a nice place for a walk. I've found that I visit so many places I otherwise wouldn't having Archie, we often look for new places to walk just to give him a change of scenery as it were. No, you wouldn't catch me at the top of the castle either, I don't like heights.

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    1. Visiting the castle was definitely a change of scenery for Tilly and knowing it would be quiet as we were there early. The thought of climbing those metal stairs would fill me with dread, I really, really do not like heights.

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  2. I'd be up on the top ... looks like there's a great view for photo opportunities. Sorry if the thought of that makes you feel queasy!

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    1. You’re braver than I am. Nothing could persuade me to go up there.

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  3. Back from my holiday and catching up with your posts. I passed the castle a few years ago and stopped to take a few photos but didn't go in as it was a very warm day and I couldn't leave the dogs in the van - and there's no point going to a castle if I can't climb towers and walk along walls :)

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    1. I hope you had a good holiday Eunice. The grounds are dog-friendly but of course I know you would be up those metal steps like a shot given half a chance :)

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