The Gallops of Middleham

  • High and airy panorama over Wensleydale
  • Visit the ruins of Coverham Abbey
  • Middleham is a Dales favourite village

On any walk from Middleham two aspects will always stand out. The first is the splendid castle which dominates the most attractive of villages and was a firm favourite of Richard III whilst the second is horses – racehorses by the dozen. Racehorse training in Middleham has been around for 200 years and there are still over 10 firmly established, and successful, training stables in the village.

As I headed out over the Gallops, with its splendid views over Wensleydale, my poor dog was confounded by thoroughbred racehorses clattering past at great speed. After a mile and a half the walk leaves the high ground and enters Tupgill Park, the home of the Forbidden Corner (a 4 acre, 20th century popular tourist attraction). Fortunately it was closed as I headed for the river and the beautiful cluster of houses, church and ruined abbey of Coverham. The woods banking the River Cover are another lovely spot to dawdle before heading back to Middleham. I am not sure there is any walk I have completed which packs so much in to such a relatively small area.

Recommend: Sadly Coverham Abbey is on private land and there is no access with just a tantalising peak available for the passing walker/visitor.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL30 Yorkshire Dales North & Central Buy Map
Start Point: SE 128878. There is plenty of parking in Middleham.
Height to Climb: 136ms (446 feet)
Terrain: Easy walking throughout. If you do not wish to take on the locked gates at Coverham stick to the side road a few hundred yards to the north.
Eating & Drinking: Middleham really is a cracking place - there is a good tea shop and 2 traditional pubs, the Black Bull and the White Swan - as it should be!
Similar Walks Nearby: Penhill Beacon from West Witton
The Moors of Carlton
The River Ure at Jervaulx Abbey
Places to Stay:


Park House, Jervaulx Abbey