One side of the inner courtyard of Skipton Castle, Airedale, North Yorkshire.

Skipton, often called “The Gateway to the Dales”, was rather wet for walking on New Year’s Day but a visit to the castle was enjoyable. This medieval castle is fully roofed in spite of having suffered in the 17th century Civil War. It was one of the castles restored by Lady Anne Clifford who after that war also rebuilt her Eden Valley castles at Brougham, Appleby, Brough and Pendragon (Mallerstang) in Westmorland. One thing I didn’t know until this visit is that her father was one of Queen Elizabeth’s admirals who went out to confront the Spanish Armada.