We got to sleep in this morning as breakfast was not served until 8:30 AM. It was a really big Full English breakfast with all the trimmings. However by the time it was served and we had eaten it was past 9:30 AM. Outside it was just pouring so what do we do? It was a late start on what was a very hard day. The ride was 75 miles (120 kms) down an unpaved path with 5750 ft (1750 m) of climb. The path was bound to muddy and the Garmin profile showed a lot of really steep climb.
Jos had broken a tooth the other day and had been trying to find a dentist to see him for the last few days and had been unsuccessful. Patrick had gotten some temporary tooth putty stuff and packed it into the hole. I think it helped but it was only a stop gap measure. Jos was keen to seek out a dentist and I can’t say I blame him. It would have been my top priority.
Looking at the brochures in the lobby of the guest house I found a pamphlet for the Castle Skipton. We hadn’t seen a Norman castle yet on this trip so it was decided we would head over to see the castle while Jos phoned around to find a dentist. The Skipton Castle was built in 1090 as a motte and baily castle and was extended over the years. By 1645 the castle had been was under siege by Oliver Cromwell for three years and was the only castle in northern England still loyal to the king. After the siege failed Lady Anne Clifford ordered the castle rebuilt and a yew tree planted in the court yard. The castle was rebuilt and is now open to the public. By the time Patrick and Agnes and I had finished touring the castle Jos had found a dentist who could fit him in so we jumped back in the van and headed off to make the appointment.
While in the van Patrick and I had a little nap. Agnes figured out the dental office was just three doors from where we were staying. At the top of the pass in to Penrith the rain was hammering down so hard the wipers could hardly keep up and we were glad not to be on a muddy path.
In the end Jos got his tooth fixed and then we all went out for steaks.
Tomorrow we are off to see Hadrian’s wall.