The market town of Middleham has a history which stretches back to the Romans, who constructed a guard station at the junction of the rivers Ure and Cover. The Normans later built a substantial castle, the extensive remains of which still provide an impressive backdrop for the town: maintained by English Heritage they are well worth a visit.

Middleham is also known as the heartland of Yorkshire’s horse-racing industry, with many trainers located in and around the town. But that’s not surprising as there are three Yorkshire racecourses close by – Thirsk, Catterick and Ripon – and Wetherby and York are also within easy reach.

Middleham is only two miles from Leyburn, where visitors can board trains on the scenic Wensleydale Railway. Bolton Castle (a very well-preserved castle), Aysgarth Falls (where a scene from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was filmed) and the enticing Forbidden Corner are all nearby attractions.