Middleham Gallops

Middleham Gallops

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Middleham Gallops

Distance: 3 miles or as long as you like
Duration: 1.5 hours plus
Level of walk: Easy to medium View Walks Key

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Why you should do this walk…

A 3 mile ‘there and back’ walk onto the gallops in Middleham in the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire. This is a breathtakingly beautiful part of Yorkshire and gives you chance to relax, enjoy and take in the views of Middleham Castle, Leyburn Shawl and the surrounding dales. This is not a very structured walk; it’s an opportunity for a little bit of freedom and lots of exercise and fresh air for you and your dog. Once on the moor part of this walk, well-behaved dogs will have the opportunity for some off-the-lead time and you can take as long or as little time as you like here.

Dog friendly?…

The walk is relatively flat and easy-going with only gentle slopes. The route takes in popular footpaths around the castle, green tracks through fields and the gallops area itself is lush and green. You will cross several fields on the way out to (and back from) the gallops and these are likely to be holding a mixture of sheep and horses. You may also see racehorses training on the gallops. There are no standard kissing gates or fence stiles on this walk, but you will need to negotiate several gates and squeeze gaps or squeeze stiles through stone walls – these are narrow (see Gallery for photo) and so may prove challenging for broader people and broader dogs. Public toilets can be found by taking the passageway to the side of the Richard III pub in Market Square. Allow 1.5 hours, or longer if you want to explore further.

Walk map

The Gallery


How can I follow this walk?…

This walk is available on the iFootpath App or to print the Penistone Line: Middleham Gallops please visit iFootpath 

Full walk description

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  1. Alistair Finlay  - 22/12/2018 - 12:21 pm
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    A lovely walk spoilt by the very arrogant jockeys and their “support staff”….we walked two very well behaved dogs on leads, well away from the “gallops” and stuck to the footpaths listed on the information boards but still experienced their arrogance. !
    Middleham needs to address this issue.

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Walking on mostly flat terrain, little walking up hill and few styles or dry stone walls to negotiate. Distance from 1 to 5 miles.

Some walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, negotiating dry stone walls. Distance from 3 to 6 miles.

A lot of walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, and some scrambling up rocks. Distance from 6 miles upwards.

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