Middleham: Caldbergh & The River Cover

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-10-22

A drizzly misty morning greeted us but undaunted, a happy band of 11 set off on our walk.  We set off up the Market Place past Middleham Castle. This dates from 1170 and was once the home of King Richard III. We then continued onward towards the open moor where the racehorses train.  Middleham has been a home to racehorses since the 18th century and the horses regularly work the gallops across the moor.

We continued onwards past “Forbidden Corner” where we had a coffee stop whilst trying to identify the unusual sheep in the field.  The mist lifted somewhat and the trees showed their various autumnal colours to great effect.

We arrived at the village of Caldbergh and headed eastwards across the moor to Braithwaite Hall, a splendid 17th Century manor house, and then descended towards Hullo Bridge. We had our lunch just above the bridge where a cow and a group of young stock took an interest in us (and each other, if you get my drift!). At one stage, they ran away from us and seemed to be trying to hide from us, waiting to ambush our party.

We reached the River Cover and enjoyed a riverside walk for a couple of miles, admiring the superb autumnal colours, before heading away from the River towards Middleham. Just before the Castle, we noted the ruins of a tree which had been struck by lightening within the last few days – this must have been an extraordinarily violent event.

We won’t mention the name of the person who was distraught that we finished the walk in a tea shop rather than the pub, will we Bob H?

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