Famous for its twelfth century castle, the childhood home of Richard III, and its thriving racehorse training industry, Middleham is set in the beautiful countryside where Coverdale and Wensleydale meet. The town is elegantly arranged around two market squares surrounded by Georgian buildings, interesting shops, galleries and cafés.
The training of racehorses has been carried out here for over 200 years and there are still several hundred horses stabled here, so don't be surprised to see them around town or galloping across the surrounding countryside.
The area around Middleham has splendid walks that can take you up onto the heather moorland and is a great base for cycling - either high into the Dales or on the easier rolling roads to the east.
Attractions and icecream
Nearby is the Forbidden Corner - a great day out for the family or any big kids - where there are all kinds of strange features to explore. You could also visit Jervaulx Abbey set in extensive grounds and said to be the original home of Wensleydale Cheese. Close to the Abbey is the award winning Brymoor Ice Cream where you can sample their wares on the farm where it is produced.