At the time of King Richard III, Middleham was an important market town and political centre - you can still see the extensive remains of his fortified palace. Richard III came to his childhood home, Middleham Castle to learn the skills of knighthood. Even now there's something a little stately about the place. Walk up the hill out of Middleham to see the gallops, the area on the High Moor where race-horses are trained. Come early in the morning - it's a particularly imposing sight to watch the horses galloping on the misty moor and then clip clopping down the hill to their respective stables. Middleham has around 15 racehorse trainers and stables and is home to over 500 horses. Look out for details of the Open Stables event around April each year or arrange to take a tour with Middleham Racing Tours.