SATURDAY 12TH JUNE 2010
The challenge was there, the climb up to Beeston Castle had to be done. Don & Judy had been there before, but were happy to accompany us up to the entrance to the castle. It was a pleasant and gradual climb and the cows were happy to move out of our way. Don and Judy would be moving on, but as it was probable that we would catch them up, it was Au revoir rather than goodbye. We paid the entrance fee and continued the climb up to the summit, the sky was clear and the views stunning and with the new cameras 10x zoom we could just make out SKYY far below us. There were enough of the walls surviving to appreciate the enormous effort in building this castle, although it had taken many centuries to arrive at the finished article before it was destroyed after The Civil War. We walked down through the wooded perimeter, enjoying an ice cream before heading back to the canal.
We wound up SKYY and set off up the four locks before arriving at the Bunbury Staircase. It was our alone so no shuffling required, who appeared over the top gate? Cressy, followed by Don & Judy, Jacquie and Duggie walked on with them until I moored the boat just behind them. The dogs played the evening away.