Middleham and the River Cover
Middleham Thursday 13 February
We never expected 9 people to turn up on a day forecast by the BBC to be 3˚C and sleeting off and on, but walkers are a strange breed, including Stuart, who came all the way from Sunderland! We enjoyed a fine walk with blue sky at a number of points, no precipitation at all and fine views of snow dappled hills.
We started from Middleham market place, across fields to the gallops. The public rights of way are very poorly marked across the moor but we persevered and were (safely) passed by a large number of racehorses out training. It was good to have Brian with us with his wealth of knowledge about stable life. We then turned south to pass by “The Forbidden Corner” and down onto the lane to Coverham church – old and interesting gravestones. At the back of the church yard we passed this great display of snowdrops bordering the mill force. From here the route goes over the River Cover by a very fine bridge and up the quiet lane to Braithwaite Hall, then across fields to Hullo Bridge and lunch.
We returned to Middleham through lovely woods on the north side of the river and then up “Straight lane” and back across fields to the Castle. An easy walk with much chat, including tales of valentine’s cards with odes and the love life of moles; chat which continued on to the hoarding of books and merits of family photos when we decamped to the Dante for tea, coffee and beer.