. . .trains 200 racehorses in Middleham. He’s one of the most successful trainers in the country with classic winners in England, Ireland, Italy and Germany. Less well known is his love of cycling, enjoying the scenery and the challenges of the Wensleydale terrain and beyond.
What makes mid-Wensleydale such a special place?
You can’t ride anywhere without encountering a hill which can be difficult at first. But it is a great place to get fit, the countryside is varied and it‘s never boring. Seeing it as a cyclist is great because you can appreciate a lot but at a reasonable pace, the roads are quiet and there are some fantastic off-road routes.
Where’s your favourite place around here?
My most enjoyable route when a little short of time is the road from Wensley through Redmire and Carperby to Hawes. When I can be more adventurous it’s over the Buttertubs Pass into Swaledale.
What’s the best event to take place in the Leyburn area?
I'm usually away racing when most of them take place. But I am always here for the Middleham Open Day. I get a real buzz when thousands of people turn up to see the horses. They have a real affection for them.
What single piece of information should people have when they visit here?
I'm originally from Scotland and the Yorkshire character can get some getting used to. It can appear dour. They’re friendly with a dry sense of humour, but they don’t smile a lot. Don’t be put off.
What’s the best kept secret in the area?
We have some lonely roads round here, way off the beaten track. You can get lost easily and its great fun.