Situated in Wensleydale, nestling on the hillside between the River Cover and the River Ure just 2 miles from the busy little market town of Leyburn is Middleham with its magnificent castle ruins towering over clusters of old grey stone cottages, fine old Georgian and Victorian houses and its two cobbled market squares.
Middleham is noted for three famous features - King Richard the Third, the magnificent Castle with the largest keep in the north of England and in more modern times its horse-racing industry.
The growth of the racing industry in Georgian times saw the rebuilding of much of Middleham and the establishment of the first recorded racehorse trainer, Isaac Cape around 1765. Race meetings were held regularly on the High Moor during the 18th Century and during this period most of the town was rebuilt. Now much of the town is protected as a conservation area.
When Micky retired from riding he decided to move to Middleham because ............