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Middleham in Wensleydale, the Yorkshire Dales


Now famous for its racehorses, although they been based here for 300 years, Middleham has been in existence since the Roman era and the castle which dominates the town, from 1190.

We’ve all heard of Richard III, he became master of the castle in 1472 and it was his favourite home, having visited since 1462 learning the skills of knighthood, until 1485 when he was killed at the Battle of Bosworth. The Church of Saints Mary and Alkelda was founded in 1291 and consists mainly of 14th and 15th century architecture, although there are stones indicating the existence of a church on that site perhaps a century before, a village of many interesting buildings, two market places each with an ancient market cross.

If you'd like to stay in Middleham we have Briar Cottage, a sweet cottage to sleep 4 plus a dog, overlooking the castle ramparts, book online or call us on 01969 663559. You’ll find pubs, restaurants, tearooms and café’s, local independent shops to browse and many walks from here in every direction. Walk along the river bank to the Cover Bridge Inn at Ulsher Bridge for traditional ham and eggs and local beers, venture into Coverdale for stunning views and, if you dare, visit the Forbidden Corner (don’t forget to book your tickets beforehand).

Antiques and Collectors Fairs are usually held the last Sunday in the month at the Middleham Key Centre. A short journey takes you to Leyburn or go east and stroll round Jervaulx Abbey and just a little further to taste the delights of locally made ice cream at the Brymor Ice Cream Parlour.

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Written By Nadine Bell

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