The last stop on this 1st of August (yes, we're still on the same day!) was in Middleham, where the impressive ruins of Middleham Castle are.
We were a little too late - the gate was closed for the day, and so we could only walk around the old walls and admire them from outside.
There is not much I know about this castle; J and B told us it was supposed to be Richard III.'s favourite home and where he spent his childhood and youth. The rest I have looked up on wikipedia: Work began in 1190 (although there had been a fortification at this site before), and most of the walls we still see today are 13th century.
In the 1500s, the then occupants of the castle turned it into a splendid residence with all "mod cons" of the time, aiming for comfort rather than for security.
It will be interesting to return one day and take a proper look round.
Back in Ripon, we went for a meal at the Royal Oak (where I'd been for some really good food and friendly service before). On our way home across the market square, we spotted a group of Mummers. This was the first time ever I'd come across them in real life, but I knew what they were because I'd read about them.
Actually, I found them a little scary and didn't want to get close, but Aunt J is not so faint-hearted and went right up to listen to their short rendition of how Ripon came to have a Wakeman and Hornblower.
We then chatted a little with the group, and they told us that they had been in Ripon for 2 or 3 days to catch the crowds coming in for St. Wilfrid's Parade.
By now, I was getting really cold, and we were all rather tired (in a pleasant way) after our great day out and good meal, and so we all said good-night - we had another full day with J and B to look forward to tomorrow!