Programme at a glance 2018

W1: Mines and Moorland (new)

22 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start at Arkle Town (GR NZ 007018) at 9.45am. 11miles. Moderate. £7.

Setting out from the mining hamlet of Arkle Town in Arkengarthdale, we ascend Slei Gill with its impressive lead mining remains then follow a moorland track across the wilds of Hurst Moor to reach the quaintly named Schoolmaster Pasture. From there we descend to the tiny settlement of Washfold before traversing a section of the extensive Hurst mining grounds to reach Fremington Edge, once the site of both lead mining and chert quarrying. Here we can expect spectacular views over Arkengarthdale before we descend back to our starting point.

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W2: Visit to Altberg Factory & Walk to Willance’s Leap

22 September 2018

Meet at Altberg Factory shop on Gallowfields Trading Estate, Richmond, DL10 4TG at 9.30am. 6 miles. Moderate. £7.

A traditional event for the first day of the Festival, Altberg is the last remaining boot manufacturer in England. Join owner, Mike Sheehan, at the Altberg factory to see how his boots are designed and made for walking, the army and biking. There’s time for a cup of tea and a look round the excellent factory shop before heading off to Willance’s Leap and to hear the famous legend of Robert Willance’s tragic fall and the horse who saved his life.

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Harry & His Bucketful of Dinosaurs

22 September 2018
10.30am, Richmond Community Library, Queens Road, Richmond DL10 4AE, 01609 534 580, free

Children's story time with ROARSOME crafts and activities. Most suitable for 2-7 year-olds.

Sponsor: CRACCL (Catterick, Richmond & Colburn Community Libraries) and North Yorkshire County Council

 


E1: A Celebration of Birds with Karen Lloyd's Blackbird Diaries & James Macdonald Lockhart's Raptor.

22 September 2018
7.30pm, Richmond Town Hall DL10 4QL, £6, FairTrade bar, Book Stall, disabled access

In Blackbird Diaries, Karen shares her deep affection for the treasured wildlife in her South Lakeland garden, the Cumbrian Fells, Mull and the Solway Firth. While discussing the loss of our lowland curlews and demise of England's last golden eagle, her acute observations result in a celebration of landscapes that rarely feature in nature writing.

In Raptor, James talks of his travels the length of the UK in search of the 15 diurnal birds of prey breeding in the British Isles. He combines portraits of the landscapes visited with detailed observations of the birds themselves.

Sponsors: The Richmond FairTrade Forum & Abbey View

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W3: The High Fells Challenge Day 1 - Yokenthwaite Moor (new)

23 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start at Marsett Bridge (GR SD903862) 10.00am. 10 miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Yockenthwaite Moor has a reputation as a huge bog, but we know the route to avoid most of it. This walk starts in the beautiful setting of Marsett on Semerwater, climbing sharply to Stalling Busk where we join the Pennine Journey long-distance path as far as the Grey Horse. Here we set off skirting the bog, to the 2,110ft summit of Yockenthwaite Moor, with views into Wharfedale. We then trek across the fell side and down Billinside Moor, following the lovely Raydale back to Semerwater and Marsett. 

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W4: Grassholme Reservoir Teesdale (new)

23 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. Start Middleton-in-Teesdale Tourist Information Centre at 10.15am. 8 miles. Moderate. £7.

Join us to enjoy one of a series of walks in Upper Teesdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, sponsored by the Upper Teesdale Tourism Network. This is a beautiful walk with fantastic views, initially climbing past Kirkcarrion on the Pennine Way, then dropping down through meadows to Grassholme Reservoir, an excellent picnic spot. After walking on the bank-side path we join a road briefly before dropping down through fields to the Tees Railway Walk for a gentle walk back to Middleton-in-Teesdale. 

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W5: Jervaulx & The Three Bridges

23 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.30am. Start at Cover Bridge pub car park (GR SE144871) at 10.00am. 7 miles. Easy./Moderate. £7.

The walk starts at Cover Bridge, near Middleham, and follows the banks of the River Ure to Jervaulx Park and its ancient abbey, before crossing the river to the pretty village of Thornton Steward. From there we pass by the oldest church in Wensleydale before re-crossing the River Ure as we make our way back to Cover Bridge. 

 

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T1: Richmond's Wynds and Lanes

23 September 2018

Meet at Castle Hill Bookshop at 2.30pm. Free but please book a place. Donations to Richmondshire Museum most welcome.

Former Mayor of Richmond, Clive World, leads this walk which explores Richmond's Wynds and Lanes. Offering big views, intriguing nooks, secret places and a chance to hear of the people who lived in them. The walk is mostly on pavements but also has some steep slopes and steps.  

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Yorkshire Tea & Tales with local storyteller, Rhoda Fraser

23 September 2018

Richmondshire Museum DL10 4JA, 4.00pm, tickets £8 and include tea made with local produce & must be booked in advance from 07775 618 471: *please let Rhoda know if you have any food allergies when booking your ticket*.

 


E2: Salley Vickers and The Librarian

23 September 2018
7.30pm, Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond DL10 4DW, £6, £8 & £10 from 01748 825 252 & www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk, bar, Book Stall, disabled access

Salley Vickers, author of The Cleaner of Chartres and Miss Garnet's Angel, talks about her latest book, The Librarian.


Described as a 'charmingly subversive novel about a library in 1950s England', Sylvia moves town to start a new job as a children's librarian. Falling in love with an older man, plus connections with his daughter and a neighbour's son, will change her life and put them, the library and her job under threat. How will everyone's lives, and the library, alter as a result of the books Sylvia introduces them to?

Sponsor: Georgian Theatre Royal, www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk; Cordilleras House

 


W6: The High Fells Challenge Day 2 - Dodd & Wether Fells (new)

24 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start Gayle (GR SD872893) 10.00am. 12 miles. Moderate/Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Setting off from the pretty village of Gayle with its lovely cascade, we follow Gaudy Lane and the Pennine Way up onto the fells. We strike off the beaten track to ascend to the summit of Dodd Fell at 2,192ft with views over Wensleydale and across to the Yorkshire Three Peaks. We then descend to the small road through the hillsides, which show the wounds of mining in times past, soon joining the Roman Cam High Road to the top of of Wether Fell, also called Drumaldrace at 2,014ft. The path then descends back to Gayle, down the steep hillside, with panoramic views of Wensleydale and the horseshoe of high fells around Hawes. 

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W7: The Feldom Wander

24 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. Start at Feldom Gate (GR: NZ126030) at 9.45am. 9.5 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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W8: Easby Abbey and Round Howe

24 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.30am. 6 miles. Easy. £7.

Richmond and its Norman Castle, set on the cliff top high above the River Swale, forms the focal point for this walk, which visits some beautiful riverside areas, including the National Trust's woodland at Round Howe and the impressive ruins of Easby Abbey. 

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H1: Hartforth & Gillingwood Hall

24 September 2018

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. 

 


James Herriot Afternoon & Tea

24 September 2018

2.30pm, Richmond Town Hall, Richmond DL10 4QL, £5 for book event, tickets available on the door; £15 for book event & Afternoon Tea At The Fleece – booking essential from 01748 901 214, book stall, disabled access.

James Herriot's daughter, Dr Rosie Page, talks about her father's work, writing and enduring popularity. Afternoon Tea At The Fleece is available afterwards if booked in advance in support of its connections with Herriot Hospice Homecare and The World of James Herriot.



H2: Richmond, Sandbeck and Hudswell Woods

24 September 2018

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. 

 


E3: Updating, and using, maps with Ordnance Survey & The Dales 30

24 September 2018
7.30pm, Richmond Town Hall DL10 4QL, £6, FairTrade bar, Book Stall, disabled access

For more than 200 years, Ordnance Survey has helped people explore Great Britain with their iconic maps and, this evening, Mark Cuthbert, OS's Northern region operations manager and Nigel Rouse, local production manager, will give an overview of how the land is surveyed and the data is collected.


Using his book, The Dales 30, Jonathan Smith also shares how he uses Ordnance Survey maps to run courses on navigation and walking holidays as well as providing a personal view of how to bag the 30 highest peaks in the Yorkshire Dales.


Sponsors: The Richmond FairTrade Forum and Gillian Howells & Nobby Dimon

 

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Drummer Boy Story Circle: Trading Tales

24 September 2018

8.00pm, The Buck Inn, Newbiggin, Richmond DL10 4DX, free.

For more information, call Charlie: 07968 427 189 & The Buck: 01748 517 300.

 


W9: The High Fells Challenge Day 3 - Old Cote Moor Top (new)

25 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start Buckden YDNP car park at 10.00am. 11 miles. Medium / Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

The third day of our challenge is a classic inter-dale walk taking us across from Wharfedale to Littondale and back. Leaving Buckden we follow the River Wharf and the Dales Way as far as the ford and bridge at Starbotton before striking up the side of the moor, with stunning views up and down Wharfedale, to the boundary wall. Dropping down to Littondale we again enjoy panoramic views as we make our way to the attractive village of Arncliffe before following the River Skirfare to Litton. Having enjoyed the delights of Littondale it is now time to climb back over to Wharfedale, via Old Cote Moor Top and its trig point at 1,991ft, to our starting point. 

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W10: The Muker to Keld Classic

25 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. Start Farmers Arms - Muker at 10.15am. 5.5miles. Easy / Medium. £7.

A classic short circular walk from the picturesque village of Muker, traversing the dramatic Swale Gorge, then on to the remote and historic hamlet of Keld. From there we head back towards Muker along a high level track over the flanks of Kisdon Hill with glorious views of the surrounding fells. 

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