Mon 25 September 2017

W6: Swaledale Challenge Day 2 (new)

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start Stang Bridge (GR NZ000035) 9.45am. 12.5 miles. Moderate. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Day 2 starts by briefly heading up the northern flank of the dale before crossing over Arkle Beck via Whaw, and the day's main climb up to the old lead workings and ruined buildings at Punchard Coal Level. From here we head out over the dark peat of Punchard Moor and down to Level House Bridge. Crossing the bridge we follow Flincher Gill beck to its source, head over the shoulder of Great Pinseat and down the hillside through old lead workings, with fabulous views of Arkengarthdale, back to Stang Bridge. 

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W7: A Teesdale Classic (new)

Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. Start at Middleton-in-Teesdale long stay car park (GR NY946257) at 10.15am. 10 miles. Moderate. £7.

This walk provides an opportunity to visit some of the major scenic highlights of Teesdale and is one not to miss. Setting off from Middleton-in-Teesdale we initially climb to Middleside enjoying extensive views over Teesdale. Dropping down to Newbiggin and its Wensley Chapel, we  make our way to Bowlees Visitor Centre where we can enjoy a welcome refreshment break while viewing the interesting exhibits. Our walk then takes us on to Ash Hill and Dirtpit before reaching the High Force Hotel, crossing the River Tees we will enjoy our lunch while viewing the magnificent High Force. Returning to Low Force we then follow the Pennine Way back to our starting point. 


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W8: SOLD OUT: The Feldom Wander

Leave Lidl car park at 9.30am. Start at Feldom Gate (GR: NZ126030) at 9.45am. 9 miles. Moderate. £7.

Always the first walk to be fully booked due to the appeal of its special access to rarely-walked MOD land. A mixture of heather moorland, scattered woods and deep cut valleys, this is an Army training area, not otherwise known to the rambler, rich in wildlife and archaeology – including ancient rock art and cup & ring marks. Who knows what else we will find?

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H1: Hartforth & Gillingwood Hall

Start 10.15am outside Gilling West Village Hall. DL10 5JJ. 4 miles. Easy. Free, just turn up on the day. 

Crossing the meadows to the old estate village of Hartforth, we cross Gilling Beck and head through lovely woods up the hill along the historic Jagger Lane, once frequented by the lead carrying ponies. We return through Gillingwood Hall Farm with its odd castleated walls and follies. Refreshments afterwards at The White Swan. 


T3: Ghost Walk

Meet at the Friary Gardens, Queens Road DL10 4DW at 6.00pm. Adult £4.00. Child £3.50. Under 5s Free. Payment to your costumed guide. More details on 01748 818156. 

Dressed in period costume, Yorkshire story-teller Rhoda Fraser reveals stories and legends of Richmond passed down through the generations, plus some “scary stories” from more recent times.

E4: Retired Assistant Bishop of Wales and former vicar of Helmsely, David Wilbourne - 'Shepherd of Another Flock'

St Mary's Church DL10 7AQ * 7.30pm * Tickets £6 * Book stall * Disabled access


As a vicar's son, David Wilbourne worked in a bank before becoming parish priest in Helmsley. He served as the Archbishop of York's chaplain and as a canon of York Minster, before moving to be a bishop in Cardiff.


His latest book, Shepherd of Another Flock, catches his love of wandering and cycling through the iconic Yorkshire countryside, shrewdly observing the quirks, poignancy and humour of the characters he bumps into.


He tenderly cherishes even the most unpromising situation or person, sharing their tears and laughter with a wider audience.

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H2: Richmond, Sandbeck and Hudswell Woods

Start 6.30pm outside Richmond Swimming Pool. DL10 4LD. 3.5 miles. Easy. Free, just turn up on the night.

This lovely walk starts at Richmond Swimming Pool and follows the old railway line and new green lane cycle route towards Catterick Garrison, before crossing open fields with surprise views of Richmond and its castle prior to descending into the pretty Sandbeck and Flowery Dell returning through Hudswell Woods. Refreshments afterwards at Richmond Pool. 


E5: 50 Years of the Swaledale Outdoor Club.

Swaledale Outdoor Club, New Road, Richmond DL10 4QS * 7.30pm * Tickets £5 * Booking recommended as space is limited * Bar * Please note, this is not an official Festival event and does not have disabled access


In 2016, the Swaledale Outdoor Club, a multi-activity outdoor sports club based in Richmond, celebrated its 50th anniversary.


To commemorate this event, the Club produced a book on its history from its founding in November 1966 to the present date. This talk and slide show tells how and why the Club was formed, illustrates its many and varied sporting and social achievements, and shows what has changed over the years and what has remained the same.


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