The castle was actually the Manor House of the Percy family. He came here from Normandy in 1067 after the Norman conquest of Britain. He was rewarded by William the Conqueror who granted him 86 Lordships in Yorkshire.
The castle dates from the thirteenth century and was reduced to ruins during the English Civil War.
Passing the gardens of Plumton Rocks we dropped in there for a visit too. Having walked miles and miles already today, we clamered down steep and slippery wooded slopes to reach this tranquil lake, overshadowed by dramatic millstone grit rocks.
As one walks, slithers, slides up and down the wooded slopes of the Plumpton area there are rocks of interest at every turn.
The garden has been used in numerous television productions including Blake's Seven, Heartbeat, Emmerdale and the Muppet show. Legend has it that Robin Hood hunted deer here.
A map of the Manor of Plumpton, prepared for William de Plumpton in 1587, depicts the lake, woods and road exactly as they are today.