Walkers followed in the steps of Richard III this morning when they took part in a guided tour around Penrith.
Organised by Richard III Society’s Penrith and North Lakes Group and Eden District Council the walk was held to coincide with two national events taking place this month – the reburial of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral and English Tourism Week.
Led by Richard III Society Penrith and North Lakes Group members Marjorie Smith and Norma Benathon, it was aimed at giving members of the public an insight into the connections Richard had with Penrith during the late fifteenth century.
Several of the town’s historic landmarks took centre stage on the walk including The Gloucester Arms pub in Great Dockray (formerly Dockray Hall where Richard repeatedly lodged while carrying out alterations to the Castle) and Penrith Castle where he stayed on numerous occasions.
“During English Tourism Week we are delighted to have worked with the town’s Richard III Society to help stage this walk. It is fitting that at the same time as we are being encouraged to celebrate the country’s rich tourism industry we should celebrate the town’s links with this most famous of England’s kings.
"The fact that Richard III is in the international media spotlight at the moment with all the events happening in and around Leicester this month was something too good for Penrith not to link into.”
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Hannah McNulty reports.