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

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.

Our walks programme features walks of varying lengths which take us out into the 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.  In 2016 we feature some old favourites and new walks in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale as well as the Wensleydale Medley - 5 days of glorious walking exploring the length and breadth of Wensleydale.  We also take you further afield to experience a classic walk at the very top of Nidderdale; a walk in Turner's footsteps beside the River Tees; and a couple of walks exploring Upper Wharfedale.  Festival favourite and best seller  'the Feldom wander' is back as is the walking visit to Britain's last remaining boot manufacturer.  With at least 3 walks per day to choose from you will be spoilt for choice.

Our programme of book and other events is almost complete. This year we are pleased to welcome Professor Joann Fletcher, one of the world's leading Egyptologists, to give the opening talk. We're also 'Celebrating Charlotte Bronte' with a talk from acclaimed biographer of the Brontes, Juliet Barker; and local Dales author David Joy will talk about the history of lead-mining in the area and his book 'Men of Lead'.   There'll be a Poetry open Mic event and a Book Club discussion but keep checking back as we're still adding to the evening programme. 

You can see the full walks details and the evening events as they're added on our programme here. All tickets go on sale on 1st July and you can buy online, by post or at the Festival box office.

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