...has a 900 acre sheep and arable farm that runs along the southern bank of the River Ure between the Cover Bridge and Jervaulx. When he is not lambing or driving tractors laden with horse haylage he is riding Point to Point racehorses.
What makes mid-Wensleydale such a special place?
The pubs and restaurants. My mates from some distance away rave about what we have to offer here….the Coverbridge Inn, the Blue Lion and the places in Middleham and Leyburn. You’d have to travel a long way to find better.
Where’s your favourite place round here?
It has to be the farm. I spend a lot of time working the land and tending the animals. It gives me a real sense of satisfaction.
What’s the best event to take place in the Leyburn area?
The Finghall Barrel Push. It takes place during the late May bank holiday and competitors have to roll an empty beer barrel from Akbar up the hill to the Queens Head in Finghall. It’s tough. I've won it four out of the last five years. The one year I missed out I had to ride a horse at Cartmel. That year my brother Paul won.
What single piece of information should people have when they visit here?
Slow down for all the horses on the roads around Middleham - particularly motor bikers?
What’s the best kept secret in the area?
The High Moor between Middleham and Penhill. It is one vast grassed area, one and a half miles long, which has to be the best gallops to train racehorses in the north of England, if not the country. If you want to see horses in action, that’s the place.