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Old Cartmel Cottage

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Middleham, North Yorkshire

Old Cartmel Cottage - Local Area Information

Middleham is often described as the Jewel in the Crown of Wensleydale in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

Georgian houses surround the two old cobbled market areas, and the castle famous for its Richard III connections stands proudly on the edge of the village and a little further up the hill is the mound called ‘Williams Hill’ where there are the remains of an earlier motte & bailey castle from the time of William the conqueror.

In the market squares are three pubs all serving food, a bistro, three teashops, a fish & chip shop, the very well stocked Central Stores which sell food, drink & newspapers, and three antique/gift shops too.


Middleham Racing Stables

Middleham has a colourful history, a thriving horse racing community all set amidst the breathtaking scenery of Wensleydale. There are fifteen training establishments in and around the village at this present time, with close to 500 horses stabled here. There are grass & all weather gallops on the low & high moors where you can observe the horses been exercised each morning. Each year on Good Friday the stables hold an open day raising money for racing charities.

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Further afield...

Travelling out of Middleham over the moor past the gallops you come into the hidden gem of Coverdale, remote farms, beautiful little villages and heather covered moors. Perfect for walking, cycling or just sightseeing by car. This hidden little dale is also home to the unique visitor attraction ‘The Forbidden Corner’. It is well worth a visit with lots of quirky things to see... it's not just for children!


In good weather you can go all the way through Coverdale by car over the moors to Kettlewell following the ancient route that connected Middleham Castle with Skipton Castle.

Other places in Wensleydale worth a visit are Hawes where you can see Wensleydale cheese being made at the Creamery visitor centre, visit the Dales Countryside Museum & The Ropemakers.

Bolton Castle, Aysgarth Falls, Jervaulx Abbey and Askrigg which became famous as the setting for Darrowby in the All Creatures Great & Small series, the Cat Pottery at West Burton, the White Rose Candle Workshop in Wensley, & in Leyburn, the Wensleydale Railway, the Teapottery, and the Little Chocolate Shop.

Swaledale, Richmond, Masham & Bedale - all with further interesting attractions, are all less than half an hour away by car.


Ideal location to explore the Yorkshire Dales..."

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Old Cartmel Cottage - Middleham Holiday Cottage

Kirkgate, Middleham, Leyburn
North Yorkshire, DL8 4PF

t: 01969 678055