Middleham Travel Guide

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    Bridge over the river ure
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    The market place looking east
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Middleham Things to Do

  • Bolton Castle

    This castle in Wensleydale can be seen for miles from the surrounding countryside (and the top of Middleham Castle) which you can understand by clicking on this photo. It is most famous for being one of the castles where Mary, Queen of Scots, was held captive. She was taken there when she fled from Scotland after being accused of the murder of her...

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  • Middleham Church

    A typical English countryside church but with the added Ricardian details added to it, such as "his" wild boar flag (see third picture) and an altar cloth donated by the Richard III Society. Also has a suitably overgrown graveyard to match the feel of historical place.

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  • Middleham Castle

    Richard III's favourite castle since this is where he grew up. All noble boys were sent to relatives to be introduced to knighthood and Richard was sent to his uncle Warwick the Kingmaker. Here Richard also met his cousin Anne whom later became his wife. The castle is in the middle of Yorkshire but because Richard grew up here he loved it and much...

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  • Old Middleham fortress

    Before the castle was built, there was a fortress on the hills beyond, towards Coverdale. You can see it when you climb the castle keep.

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  • Jervaulx Abbey

    A very French sounding name as that was the lingua franca in the days of the Cistercian monks who founded the abbey after moving here when another site failed them. The nams simply means "Valley of the Ure" which is the river running through Wensleydale. Maybe not as famous as Riveaulx, Fountains and Bolton abbeys also in North Yorkshire, this one...

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  • Mine's a pint please!

    Go to nearby Masham where there has long been a brewery called Theakston's and which makes a good British bitter. A few years ago, one of the Theakston brothers left since he disagreed with production methods when the family brewery was brought out by the giant Scottish Courage and so he started his own brewery, the Black Sheep (since that's what...

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Middleham Restaurants

  • Yorkshire ice cream

    If you are lucky, you come across a Brymor retailer in the rest of Yorkshire too. I have found it in York, Reeth and Knaresborough for instance. Failing that, go to the real thing - a farm in the middle of nowhere between Masham and Middleham (signposted). Creamy rhubarb (what else - Yorkshire is rhubarb country).

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  • Tea time

    Gorgeous scones and perfect tea sets the tone in this friendly tea rooms which also has sandwiches and other light dishes as well as milkshakes. They also have a bed and breakfast.

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Middleham Transportation

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    by Sjalen Updated May 8, 2007

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    Middleham is NOT the easiest place to get to in the world without a car but it can be done. My best bet is to catch a bus from Ripon or Richmond/Leyburn as the bus between those pass the village (you get to Richmond by bus from Darlington which you reach by train). They run a few times a day and always check if they return late enough for you since some return instantly (website below).

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Middleham Local Customs

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    by Sjalen Updated Aug 13, 2003

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    This is what makes the village live today and there are horses looking out at you in just about every dead end alley you look in :-) In the early morning, as the mist lifts, whole stables take their horses out for a canter on the high moors above the village.

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Middleham Off The Beaten Path

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    by Sjalen Updated May 8, 2007

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    If you are a fan of TV vet Herriot (Alf Wright in real life) and have already seen the old practice in his home town Thirsk, then why not follow in his footsteps and visit the tiny village of West Tanfield. Most people pass it by on their way to the Yorkshire Dales but Herriot spend all his major holidays here which must count for something since he was born in Scotland! You are also close to Askrigg and Reeth where a lot of the TV series were recorded.

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Middleham Sports & Outdoors

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    by Sjalen Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    There is a footpath starting just behind the castle which takes you through fields to the river Cover and along Coverdale. You can also walk up to Pen Hill - just make sure you have the proper Ordnance Survey maps and good clothes as the dales and fells all have their own microclimate.

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Middleham Favorites

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    by Sjalen Written Aug 13, 2003

    Favorite thing: through climbing up the castle keep and see this nice view. When you have found your bearings, get down and stroll around in the village, count the racing stables and the ricardian wild boar signs.

    Fondest memory: Walking around in what was once Richard III's home.

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