Things to do in Leyburn, North Yorkshire
It is perched on the banks above the River Ure in pretty Wensleydale and has around 2,200 residents.
The village is linked by a bridge over the river to neighbouring Middleham.
The bridge was built in 1829 to replace the earlier bridge which collapsed and it is one of the earliest suspension bridges.
Middleham has the remains of a local castle and is famous for its horse training.
It is now synonymous with the famous Wensleydale cheese which is made nearby in Hawes.
Those interested in tracing the footsteps of history should take a walk along the Shawl, a limestone terrace near the marketplace.
It is said to have been the route Mary Queen of Scots used to escape. It has wonderful views of the Dales from the footpath.
Present Day Leyburn
Friday is market day in Leyburn when many locals come in from outlying areas to do their shopping and use the town's services.
It has two banks, many speciality stores, some pubs around the market square, a supermarket and two markets providing for the needs of both locals and visitors.
The town also has a large antiques centre and an auction house.
One of the popular summer events is the Wensleydale Wander which is an organised walk by the Rotary Club with a choice of a 12 mile or a 22 mile route.
Leyburn has a railway station, recently reopened, and the Wensleydale Railway now runs through the Yorkshire Dales using diesel engines and occasionally a renovated steam engine.
Things to do in Leyburn
Walkers and hikers will be in their element in Leyburn as it is surrounded by glorious scenery and offers a range of walking opportunities.
It is close to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, known for its natural beauty and outdoor pursuits.
Visit Middleham Castle, just across the bridge, and see this ruined castle which was once the home of Richard III.
It is near Aysgarth, which is also well known for its long waterfalls.
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