The first of our Summer Outings is being held at Middleham
This will form part of the Annual Summer Outings Competition. Members need to attend at least two of the venues to qualify for entering.
Members can visit the location at any time of day, but images must be taken on the date specified.
The area is famous for its racehorses and stables. There are currently 15 stable yards in Middleham and Irene Dale has kindly arranged tours of the stables at two of the yards for us. Numbers are limited so as not to stress the horses. Middleham Gallops can be visited to see the racehorses training.
Middleham Castle was the childhood home of Richard III and boasts one of the largest keeps in the country. It is run by English Heritage, but if you are not a member you will need to pay an entrance fee. It is possible to book on line for a lower entry cost. There are no toilets or parking on site, but both are available close by. You will need to check which area are OK to take photos in as some parts may not be available.
The playing fields contain a skate park and a community garden. The Church of St Mary & St Akelda, DL8 4QP, is a grade 1 listed building and dates from the 13th Century, unfortunately it is closed on Saturdays, so it will be external photography only.
Public toilets are located in the gunnel alongside Richard III Hotel in the main square.