Books and boots, walks and words... Come and join our unique festival with ten days of book events and guided walks in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

We hope to welcome you to Richmond in 2017 for the 13th Richmond Walking & Book Festival.

Our festival provides the opportunity for a fantastic break; combining day time walks led by knowledgeable guides, with evening talks from popular and emerging authors. You create your own programme; do as little or as much of either or both.  The Festival is centred in the lively and picturesque market town of Richmond which boasts everything you need to ensure a wonderful day or longer stay, whether a solo traveller or a group of friends.

We’re thrilled to be hosting a wide-range of events at this year’s Festival including best-selling, and local, authors as well as celebrating children’s writing from Richmond’s primary schools.
As well as authors including Joanne Harris, Val McDermid, former MP Clare Short, Jo Baker and Jill Dawson, our speakers include Barbara & James Gravenor from the 50-year-old Swaledale Outdoor Club; colleagues from the Conscientious Objectors project at Richmond Castle; retired Assistant Bishop of Wales, David Wilbourne, author of Shepherd of Another Flock written about his time as a vicar in Helmsley; Tony Rossiter on how to write like a best-selling author; Hugh Thomson (sadly without Jethro The Mule – but come and hear about their adventures); Bob Longridge, Chair of the Robert Stephenson Trust and Lonely Planet’s Yorkshire Author, Neil Wilson.

Our walks programme features walks of varying lengths which take us out into some of the most stunning scenery England has to offer in the Yorkshire Dales and less well visited areas around Richmond.  We also offer shorter town based walks of local interest and a programme of health walks.   With at least 3 walks per day to choose from you will be spoilt for choice. 
So, we hope there is something for everyone and we look forward to seeing you here!

 The full programme is now here and tickets will go on sale on the 1 July 2017.

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The full programme of walks for the 2017 Festival is now available on the website. See: 'Programme at a Glance' for details. This year's...
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