Caldbergh & River Cover from Middleham Thursday 11 October 2018

Posted by Steve Charlton on 2018-10-16

SOC Walk Report – Caldbergh & River Cover from Middleham Thursday 11th October 2018

The weather did not look promising as we gathered at Middleham Market Place, having endured thick fog and rain over the moors from Richmond.  12 walkers joined us including Geoff Kensett, newly retired and keen to see what the retirees got up to in midweek.

The weather improved and the sun came out as we left the Castle (famously known as King Richard the Third’s holiday home) and strode across the Middleham gallops. We dropped down to Tupgill Park and enjoyed a coffee break by a duckpond, surrounded by scores of ducks all wanting to share our refreshments. Those of us who were wearing shorts donned overtrousers for the “nettle run” which let up to the road to Caldbergh.

The weather was glorious as we gained some height on the moors leading to Braithwaite Hall, and we enjoyed lunch looking down towards Hullo Bridge. The walk alongside the River Cover was very pleasant with Autumn colours adding to our enjoyment of the scenery. We arrived back at Middleham via the sports field, which must be a great place to play cricket in the shadow of the magnificent castle. We ended the day in fine style after Geoff and Anne suggested that the Dante Arms would satisfy both the beer drinkers and the tea and cake brigade, and they did not disappoint – one of those rare times when everyone was happy at the choice of the end of walk refreshment stop !

A lovely day with lots of animated conversation and not too many cheese jokes from Steve (What do you call the cheese factory in the Middle East ? Cheeses of Nazareth!)

Steve & Carol Charlton

P.S. What were Richard the Third’s last words?  “You’ll build that car park over my dead body !”

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