"Richard III and racehorses" Middleham by Sjalen

Middleham Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 59 photos

Middleham is a tiny village on the verge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park with Wensleydale as its closest dale in the park. You may find yourself passing by when you've seen Fountains Abbey or the Masham breweries and want to go on to Hawes or Richmond but why stop? Well, because this is where Richard III grew up and where he met his wife to be, cousin Anne. If you like me, believe Richard was innocent of murdering his nephews, then this place is a bit of a pilgrimage. Everywhere there are signs of Richard through the wild boar that symbolised him.

The other reason to stop is because this is a centre for racehorses in northern England. The moors above the village prove excellent cantering grounds and you are still near the racecourses at Thirsk, Catterick, York and Ripon. It is thought the horse tradition comes from the monks at nearby Jervaulx Abbey and Richard won't have disagreed with the need for horses even though they were most famous during Henry VIII's time...This is a view from Richard's castle keep.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:history, scenery, village atmosphere, horses
  • Cons:bad communications
  • In a nutshell:History and horses
  • Last visit to Middleham: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated Aug 20, 2006
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  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2007 at 8:07 AM

    Another great page on one of Yorkshire's lesser known villages.

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2004 at 7:48 PM

    There are so many great places in this area but I missed this one. Don't you love the old historical backgrounds - well presented. Oh creamy rhubarb, now why didn't I find that... Loved James Herriot.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2003 at 5:56 AM

    A real hidden treasure of a page. Fascinating read.

  • jide08's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2003 at 3:47 AM

    good start.
    please add some photos.

  • KennetRose's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2003 at 3:28 AM

    Very interesting and well-informed page! Always good to see these neglected villages on VT.


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