Jervaulx Abbey and Kilgram Bridge from Middleham, North Yorkshire

Jude and I have just been on a week long break in a town called Middleham in North Yorkshire, which is mostly known for training race horses. Although we did wander up the road in the morning mist to watch a few thoroughbreds heading off towards the gallops, that wasn’t the main reason for our stay. It was simply to get away and have a change of scenery.

The weather wasn’t kind but on the one day that we were due to have our online Welsh lesson, the forecast was good! So off I wandered along a 10.5 mile route to Kilgram Bridge which, after 450 years, is reputed to be Yorkshire’s oldest road bridge (see pic 18) as well as the Cistercian Abbey at Jervaulx, which was established in 1156. Not only that, but it took in Wensleydale’s oldest church, St Oswald’s at Thornton Steward (see pics 22-25) and Danby Hall, an Elizabethan manor house (pic 27). Also, by rather strange coincidence, it went by St Simon’s and St Jude‘s church at Ulshaw (pics 28 & 29).

But even more interesting to me was the door handle of the pub at Cover Bridge. See pic 32. The handle itself was fixed solidly to the door and there were no knobs to turn or ‘snecks’ (as we call them in Yorkshire, i.e. catches) to lift up. So how does one enter the establishment? Suggestions in the Comments please… I’ll reveal how it’s done in due course… (I love a good puzzle!)

10 thoughts on “Jervaulx Abbey and Kilgram Bridge from Middleham, North Yorkshire

  1. Thanks for thaking us on this hike and showing al the nice buildings you found on your path. About the door handle…. let me guess…. just nock and puch the door open πŸ™‚ or come back when the door is open…… ha ha ha

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  2. I sure enjoyed this historical and serene walk, Mike, thank you. The history in the castles and abbey and churches is astounding to think about. I loved these old bridges and your photos really highlighted their beauty. And the landscapes with the friendly horse and attentive sheep, the emerald green grass and changing leaves…so very beautiful.

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    • That holiday seems like a short lifetime away now… (Sigh) The door handle ‘works’ by lifting the metal plate. (If you look closely you can see that there’s longish hole for the handle. The plate must (somehow) lift the ‘sneck’ (as we Yorkshire folk call it) on the inside. After trying another door (to a storeroom) I finally returned to the puzzle and figured it out. (Well, the ‘prize’ was a pint of beer!) But then on the way out, I noticed a sign, about 2 feet above the handle, saying “TO OPEN, lift the plate not the handle”. Doh!

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