As with most villages in the Yorkshire dales there are plenty of walks radiating from them and Middleham is no exception. Today’s walk was to start in the market square in Middleham or if preferred you can park at the bottom of the Gallops. A walk of about six and a half miles no long steep hills, a little bit of road walking on a quiet road but a lovely walk into Coverdale and back down to the River Cover.
A must is to wear appropriate clothing and footwear, always be prepared. Take snacks, lunch, drinks and most importantly prepare your route beforehand and take map, GPS and compass.
Head in the direction of Coverdale, south west, and once at the beginning of the Gallops keep to the right and follow the path or the track taking great care if the race horses are out exercising. A wonderful sight though and all the riders say good morning or good afternoon depending on time of day of course! Walk along enjoy the long views and no matter which way you go aim for the entrance to take you past Fern Gill and down to Tupgill Park, SE 09554 87108. You can identify this by a gated entrance through the wall. It is rather tucked away down a dip but it is there! Follow the track down hill, past Fern Gill, past the pretty lake, through another entrance way and past Forbidden Corner. Continue down the hill to come out onto to the road SE 09706 86309.
Turn right here and after a few yards turn into the entrance for Bird Ridding. Follow the single track road for a little way then veer to the left to take the path down hill to the River Cover. Continue over the metal bridge and follow the narrow path until you meet the road again. Turn right here and follow up hill until you see a sign for Caldbergh. Turn into here and walk up into the village, past the red phone box, past the houses then take the track on the left, SE 09387 84984. Follow the track, leading to a path to take you down the fields, Hanghow Pastures, back onto the road again near Braithwaite Hall. Immediately past Cherry Hill take the footpath on the left and make your way down to Hullo Bridge, over the bridge (in summer this is a great place for a dip) and up the hill to eventually bring you out on the road into Coverdale again and the other side of the Gallops. Turn right, walk along and down into Middleham and your vehicle.
Come and join us and enjoy this lovely walk, we have Briar Cottage in Middleham, sleeps four plus one small dog and which overlooks the castle ramparts. Or of course all our cottages are near enough to travel to Middleham. Call me Nadine or my daughter Joanne on 01969 663559 to book over the telephone and for friendly help and advice or of course do book online if you prefer.
Hear from you quite soon!
Written By Nadine Bell