Places of Interest

By SPP Reporter

Catterick Garrison, Catterick
Catterick Garrison, Catterick

Richmondshire District

The District is comprised of some 100 parishes covering an area of about 500 square miles. It includes two of the county's most picturesque dales, Swaledale and Wensleydale.

Some of the most beautiful country is to be found along the banks of the River Swale which falls over 400 feet within the District and is the fastest flowing river in the United Kingdom.

Wensleydale, of cheese and racehorse fame, is perhaps the most colourful of all the Yorkshire Dales and includes the well known beauty spots of Hardraw Force and Aysgarth Falls.

The Scots Dyke, the remarkable earthwork which extends from Scotland to Central Yorkshire is still visible. It is generally thought to have been the work of Ancient Britons. In Roman times the station of Cataractonium was situated near the present Catterick Race Course. This guarded the main route from London to the North at the actual ford across the Swale near the Agricola Bridge now carrying the old A1.

The area is rich with castles, monasteries, medieval ruins and many well preserved manor houses. A wealth of churches which still reflect their grandeur and architecture can all be found in this area.


Few towns can equal the magnificence of Richmond. Its great cobbled market place; its narrow wynds and street names; its fragments of town walls and gates and lastly but above all its magnificent Norman Castle built after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Richmond and District Civic Society has erected plaques to identify places and links with famous people. To tour these plaques visit Richmond Tourist Information Centre, Victoria Road, who can provide you with a detailed map.

Richmond is a fine market town on the banks of the River Swale guarding the entrance to Swaledale and a convenient centre for touring the Yorkshire Dales.

Catterick Garrison, closely associated with the town of Richmond, is about 2. miles away and has a special place in the memories of a whole generation who did National Service.

Markets are held outside on Saturdays and indoors in the Market Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

There are plenty of tea rooms, cafés, restaurants, hotels and pubs. Parking can be found in Richmond Market Place. Conditions are stipulated on the discs which are available from most businesses in the Market Place. Disc parking allows motorists to park for up to two hours free of charge Monday – Saturday 0800-1800 hrs. Disabled parking is around the edge of the Market Place adjacent to the pavement. For further information on the history of Richmond, things to do and maps of the visit

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