Middleham Castle was the childhood home of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who grew up to reign as King Richard III from 1483 to 1485. It's easy to imagine the young lad roaming the low hills and moors around here, at the eastern end of Wensleydale. This walk explores those uplands, passing the original motte and bailey castle that predates the modern-day remains, and flits between the rivers Cover and Ure, with a pause at a fine pub in the village of Wensley. You'll also explore the sweeping gallops on Middleham Low Moor and visit the tranquil waters of Pinker's Pond. Couple it with a visit to the fascinating ruins of Middleham Castle to hear Richard's story in full (English Heritage; charges apply.)
By Nick Hallissey
Start/parking: On-street parking in centre of Middleham, grid ref SE127877, DL8 4PE.
Mostly easy walking on well-marked paths, can get very muddy after rain, especially by the two rivers
Nearest town: Leyburn Refreshments: Pubs and cafes in Middleham. Pub at Wensley Public toilets: Middleham Public transport: Bus service 159 links Middleham with Richmond, Leyburn and Ripon (www.dalesbus.org) Maps: OS Explorer OL30, Landranger 99 From Country Walking magazine, to subscribe visit www.GreatMagazines.co.uk/CountryWalking. Copyright Bauer Media Limited 2020. All rights reserved. We have taken all reasonable steps to ensure these walks are safe and correctly described. However things do change and all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. The GPX trace on this route is for use as a guide only, its accuracy may change depending on the scale of map you are using. Use in combination with judgement and a paper map. The publishers accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions or for any injuries or accidents that occur whilst following this walk.