Our last visit during our short holiday in Cumbria was to Penrith Castle. Although younger than Carlisle Castle, there really isn't much of Penrith Castle left. The castle was built towards the end of the 14th century, but most of the ruins we see today date from the alterations made by the future Richard III in the 15th century. By the mid-16th century the castle was already described as being partly decayed, so it is perhaps not surprising that there is so little remaining for us in the 21st century to see. This did not stop the Podlings from having a great time. I challenge any child not to have a great time when given the grounds of a ruined castle to play in! It was cold and wet, but the Podlings were undeterred in their exploration and their games. Lily and Emma set up a cafe in a sheltered corner and sold all sorts of yummy imaginary pies to us as we admired the ruins.
I am always left with a feeling of 'how are the mighty fallen' after visiting a ruin like this. It is somewhat humbling to see what short work the ravages of time and nature make of even the sturdiest of structures.
Lily and Emma in their 'cafe'. Lily is serving here, but they later swapped places.