GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Middleham Walks

7 miles (11 km)

This circular walk takes you around the countryside surrounding the North Yorkshire village of Middleham. There's much to enjoy with a visit to the Middleham Gallops, Coverham Abbey, riverside paths along the River Cover and the atmospheric ruins of Middleham Castle.
The walk starts in the centre of the village and soon comes to the fascinating 12th century castle. The castle was the childhood home of Richard III and also owned by Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, known to history as the 'Kingmaker', a leading figure in theWars of the Roses. For a fee you can explore the castle and learn about the history through interesting exhibitions. You can also enjoy wonderful views of Wensleydale from the elevated viewing platform.
After passing the castle the route heads west on footpaths across Middleham Low Moor. This section rises to a height of over 700ft so there are more great views to enjoy here. It is also known as the 'gallops' as it is where racehorses are taken for training from one of the many stables in the village.
At Fern Gill you turn south towards Tupgill Park. Also known as 'The Forbidden Corner' the park includes a herb garden and fish temple.
The route continues east to Coverham where you will pass the ruins of the 12th century Coverham Abbey. The surviving remains include the ruins of the church, the guesthouse, the gatehouse and several tomb covers with effigies of knights, from the 14th century.
The route then heads along the River Cover with woodland trails along the river. You then turn north to return to the village.
The long distance Six Dales Trail starts in the village so you can pick this up to extend your walk. The trail passes through six of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales - Wharfedale, Washburndale, Nidderdale, Colsterdale, Coverdale, and Wensleydale.
If you head north from the village you could visit Leyburn and try our circular walk which visits the village of Wensley and the River Ure.

Middleham OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Middleham Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Middleham

  • Six Dales Trail - This stunning walk passes through six of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales - Wharfedale, Washburndale, Nidderdale, Colsterdale, Coverdale, and Wensleydale
  • Leyburn - The market town of Leyburn has some lovely trails to follow through beautiful Wensleydale in North Yorkshire.
    This circular walk from the town visits the pretty little village of Wensley with a riverside section along the River Ure
  • Harmby Waterfall Walk - This short walk explores the pretty waterfall at Harmby in the Lower Wensleydale area of the Yorkshire Dales
  • Leyburn Shawl Walk - This circular walk explores the Leyburn Shawllimestone escarpment in Wensleydale
  • Jervaulx Abbey - This walk explores the photogenic ruins of the historic Jervaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire.
  • Thornton Steward Reservoir - This walk visits the pretty Thornton Steward Reservoir near the small village of Thornton Steward in the Wensleydale area of North Yorkshire.
  • Constable Burton - This pretty village is located near Leyburn in theRichmondshiredistrict ofNorth Yorkshire
  • Leyburn to Castle Bolton Circular Walk - This circular walk from Leyburn takes you west to visit one of the highlights of the area at Castle Bolton.
  • Carlton In Coverdale - This North Yorkshire village is located in Coverdale in theYorkshire DalesNational Park.


Head to the Richard the Third Hotel for some post walk refreshment. The inn is located in a nice spot on the market square and dates all the way back to the 17th century. There's a charming interior with wood beamed ceilings, and also some outdoor seating if the weather is good.You can easily find them near the start/end of the walk, next to the castle at postcode DL8 4NP for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The country and river trails make for a fine walk with your dog. The Richard the Third Hotel mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you head north to Leyburn you can try the Harmby Waterfall Walk. It's a lovely area for a stroll and a particularly impressive sight after rainfall. You could also climb to the splendid limestone escarpment at Leyburn Shawl for fine views over the area.
A few miles to the east of the village you'll find one of the historic highlights of the area at Jervaulx Abbey. The 12th century ruined abbey is surrounded by 126 acres of attractive parkland with wildflowers, grazing sheep, a pretty pond and fine views of the surrounding North Yorkshire countryside. Just to the north of here you'll also find the picturesque Thornton Steward Reservoir where there's a peaceful waterside trail. The noteworthy village of Constable Burton and the historic Constable Burton Hall are located in this area too. The grade-I-listed Georgian mansionincludes some beautiful grounds with peaceful woodland, pretty becks and delightful gardens to see.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Yorkshire Dales Walks page.


Upper Market Place, Middleham - - 1032746

Upper Market Place. The town of Middleham is no bigger than a village, yet has two market places linked by a broad street lined by a variety of 18th and 19th century houses. The buildings here look 18th century, but could be earlier.

Middleham Castle - - 19428

The view northwards from Middleham Castle, which once belonged to Richard Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard III. The castle was built in the 12th century to defend the road from Richmond toSkipton.

Market Cross, Middleham - - 1035023

Market Cross. The tiny town has two market places and two market crosses. This one in the Lower Market Place is the more conventional in shape, but the date is unknown, although Middleham received its market charter in 1389.

Middleham Gallops - - 201485

Middleham Gallops. A good surfaced footpath on an elevated area to the west of the town.

Tupgil Park Fish Temple - - 1526600

Tupgil Park. Fish Temple This folly is just outside the entrance to the Forbidden corner

Hullo Bridge - - 126756

Hullo Bridge. This charming little structure spans the River Cover about a mile south west of Middleham, and is only suitable for pedestrians and farm vehicles.

Coverham Bridge - - 127195

Coverham Bridge. Vehicular crossing over a single arched hump backed bridge in Lower Coverdale.

Georgian houses in Middleham - - 1032792

Georgian houses in the town. Sturdy, no nonsense Yorkshire stone houses in the town centre with an interesting variety of window styles.


GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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