Programme at a glance 2018

W11: Hackfall Woods & The River Ure (new)

25 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.30am. Start at Hackfall Woods car park on the Masham to Grewelthorpe road at 10.15am. 5 miles. Moderate. £7.

A short walk which will give us plenty of time to look around the fascinating Hackfall Woods. Scattered through the woods are a number of follies built in the 18th century by William Aislabie of Fountains Abbey/Studley Royal fame, who created a pleasure garden in the woods. We also follow a stretch of the Ripon Rowell Walk along the River Ure. 

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T2: A Gentle Stroll Through Richmond

25 September 2018

Meet outside Castle Hill Bookshop at 2:15pm. Free, but please book a place. Donations to Richmondshire Museum most welcome.

Your guide, John Culpan, author of the booklet "Gentle Stroll Through Richmond", takes you for a walk around this most interesting of Georgian market towns. 


 

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E4: Jane Hatcher & Bob Woodings: Life in Georgian Richmond – A Diary & Its Secrets

25 September 2018
2.30pm, Townsend Suite, The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD, £5, refreshments from the Station, Book Stall, disabled access

The Georgian era was a period of immense change and, for such an evocative period, the question must be asked: what was life really like? Through a newly-discovered diary, local historian, Jane Hatcher, and former lecturer and senior editor, Bob Woodings, present a rare opportunity to hear the authentic voice of the mid-eighteenth century. Hear about fairs and markets, horse racing, travelling players and the changing role of women as this vanished world is brought alive.


Sponsor: The Station, Richmond

 

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E5: Festival Reading Group: Peter Robinson & Richmond-based novel 'Before the Poison'

25 September 2018
7.30pm, Richmond Library, Queens Road, DL10 4AE, £10 with book & £3 without, refreshments, Book Stall, disabled access

Just outside Richmond, Grace Fox poisoned her husband in January 1953. Or did she? Though she was tried for murder and subsequently hanged, Grace remained a silent and enigmatic figure to the very end.

When Chris Lowndes returns to live in his native Yorkshire nearly 60 years later he becomes certain that she couldn't have murdered her husband.

Using many of Richmond's venues and locations as a backdrop, Festival President Peter Robinson weaves 'a labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation' (Observer).

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

 

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E6: Yorkshire: A Lyrical History of England's Greatest County with Richard Morris

25 September 2018
7.30pm, Richmond Methodist Church, Queen's Road, Richmond DL10 4AE, £6, refreshments, Book Stall, disabled access

Using his early career working on the excavations under York Minster in 1971 and subsequent role as Director of both the Council for British Archaeology and Leeds Institute for Medieval Studies, Richard Morris weaves history, family stories, travelogue and ecology to reveal how Yorkshire has taken shape as a landscape and established itself in literature, legend and popular regard.

As the UK's largest county where mountain, plain, coast, downs, fens and heath lie close, Morris also describes Yorkshire's unique characteristics with links around the world.

 

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W12: The High Fells Challenge Day 4 - The Shunners (new)

26 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start Green Dragon Inn - Hardraw at 10am. 10 miles. Moderate. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Day 4 starts in the pretty hamlet of Hardraw famous for its pub, waterfall and band festival.  The ascent of Great Shunner Fell is long and relentless but brings its reward with the highest mountain of this set at  2,349ft. Straddling Swaledale and Wensleydale, on a clear day you can see all the High Fells covered over the 6 days of this year's challenge walk.  Little Shunner is a pimple by comparison leading to the start of the descent at Fossdale Moss. The return down the valley beside Hearne Beck is lovely, though sadly most of the wild flowers which thrive here in summer will be over. If you have time and energy afterwards, a visit to the Hardraw Force waterfall is well worth the small charge.   

SPONSOR: PURPLE CREATIVE WWW.PURPLECS.COM

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W13: Carlton-in-Coverdale (new)

26 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. Start at Carlton-in-Coverdale village hall car park at 9.45am.10 miles. Moderate. £7.

This new walk explores picturesque Coverdale. We follow lanes and a pretty riverside path to the little village of Horsehouse, now a quiet back-water but once a crossroads on major East-West and North-South stagecoach and pack-horse routes. We hear the story of the murderous landlady of one of the former inns on the old road into Nidderdale, then return along a lovely upland bridle path with fine long distance views. There are a couple of short, sharp climbs but the walk is otherwise on gentle grades. 


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W14: A "Holmedale" Ramble (new)

26 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.30am. Start at Gayles (GR  NZ124075) at 10.00am. 8.5 miles. Moderate. £7.

The name "Holmedale" does not appear on any OS map. It is a local reference to a dale that extends five miles north of Richmond running parallel with the A66. It is comparatively unknown insofar as it lies outside the National Park. This walk offers something for everybody - far reaching and stunning views towards Teesdale, ancient woods and trackways, points of historical interest (including the Plague Stone) and several settlements, including Kirby Hill, that have fascinating origins. A treasure of a walk which is entirely new to the Festival Programme.  

 

 

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W15: Marske to Helwith Walk & Talk (new)

26 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.45am. Start Marske Village (GR NZ104005) at 10.15am. miles. Moderate. £7.

Join staff from the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust on a pleasant circular Walk and Talk from the village of Marske. Starting from the beck, which we leave behind for a while, we will take a short but relatively steep climb up Telfit Bank, to be rewarded with magnificent views as we walk along the escarpment. After an opportunity to take a break at Helwith Tea Garden for refreshments the walk re-joins the beck, and finishes with a gentle stroll back across fields and through woodland. There will be plenty of pauses to talk about local features and wildlife, and hopefully the chance to have a look at some river wildlife during the walk.

SPONSOR: THE YORKSHIRE DALES RIVERS TRUST WWW.YORKSHIREDALESRIVERSTRUST.COM

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H3: Catterick Racecourse

26 September 2018

Start 10:15am from the Porch of St Anne’s Church Catterick Village. DL10 7LN. 2.5 miles. Easy. Free, just turn up on the day. 

Come and explore the precious turf of Catterick Racecourse. The management kindly let us use the racecourse tracks to explore this interesting venue. Refreshments afterwards at the village cafe. 


T3: Richmond Town Guided Walk

26 September 2018

Meet outside the Town Hall at 11.00am. Free just turn up on the day. Donations to Richmondshire Museum most welcome.

Join one of a group of enthusiastic and knowledgable volunteers who provide guided walks on Wednesdays and Sundays from the beginning of June to the end of September each year. The walks last for between one hour and one and a half hours and remain on level ground, as far as is possible in Richmond. 


T4: Ghost Walk

26 September 2018

Meet at the Friary Gardens, Queens Road DL10 4DW at 2.00pm. Adult £4.00. Child £3.50. Under 5s Free. Payment to your costumed guide. More details on 07775 618472. 

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.


E7: Crimes & Ballads with Peter Robinson & Martin Carthy

26 September 2018
7.30pm, Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond DL10 4DW, £6, £8 & £10 from 01748 825252 & www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk, bar, Book Stall, disabled access

Festival President, Peter Robinson, and one of folk music's greatest innovators, Martin Carthy, take to the stage combining fiction writing with music and song. Sharing the stage, Peter will be alternately reading from his work whilst Martin will perform songs that complement the text. 


With a best-selling crime author and ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist, this promises to be an evening to remember. Peter's latest book, Careless Love, will also be on sale along with his recent and Richmond-based titles, as will a  selection of Martin's music.


Sponsor: Georgian Theatre Royal, www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk, Gillian Howells & Nobby Dimon


W16: The High Fells Challenge Day 5 - Rogans Seat & Water Crag (new)

27 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start Gunnerside village hall at 9.45am.13miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Day 5 takes in two of the best side valleys in Swaledale and the challenging Swinner Gill. We leave Gunnerside village along the unfenced lane, admiring the Swaledale fields and characteristic barns on our left before turning into the steep sided valley under Kisdon Hill. We soon start to climb Swinner Gill pausing to see The Kirk, before a breathless pull up to Lownathwaite, to be faced by the lead mining lunar landscape of Gunnerside. From here a good track leads to Rogans Seat at 2,205ft and on to Water Crag 2,192ft. These tops are pretty featureless but are prime grouse shoots. We retrace our steps to Lownathwaite, and then descend into Gunnerside Gill and the Miners detritus at Lownathwaite Mea. From here sheep tracks lead onto old miners tracks down the splendid Gunnerside Gill to the village.  

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W17: "My kingdom for a horse"

27 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. Start Middleham Castle (GR: SE128884) at 10.00am. 8 Miles. Moderate. £7.  

A repeat of one of our most popular walks in 2017. Enjoy a mixture of history and horse racing as our walk takes us through the glorious Coverdale countryside to the pretty and interesting Coverham Church. After lunch we will return over the famous High Moor Gallops to Middleham with the opportunity to view the 'Middleham Jewel' as we complete our walk. 


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W18: Upper Swaledale Barns Walk (new)

27 September 2018
Leave Lidl car park at 9.30am. Start Keld - Ruskins Farm car park at 10:30am. 5 miles. Moderate. £7.

Field barns and other historic buildings are a characteristic feature of the Yorkshire Dales and particularly so in Swaledale. Starting from Keld this walk across the upper dale focusses on some of these buildings, their previous use and the memories which local people have of them …….. whilst, of course, enjoying all the wider aspects of this world class landscape.

A short walk of 5 miles but including some steep ground, uneven paths and stiles.

 

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H4: Scorton Lakes & Bolton-On-Swale

27 September 2018

Start 10:15am Community Café on Scorton Village Green. DL10 6DT. 4.7 miles. Easy. Free, just turn up on the day. 

This route explores the recently-landscaped gravel pit lakes at Scorton, great for bird life. It passes through the village of Bolton-On-Swale with its famous grave of Henry Jenkins who apparently lived to 169. We go on through the pleasant undulating farmland back for a cuppa or lunch in the cafe.


T5: Ghost Walk

27 September 2018

Meet at the Friary Gardens, Queens Road DL10 4DW at 2.00pm. Adult £4.00. Child £3.50. Under 5s Free. Payment to your costumed guide. More details on 07775 618472. 

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


E.8 Aftermath with Graham Berry

27 September 2018

2.30pm Townsend Suite, The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD, £5, refreshments from the Station, Book Stall, disabled access


The years immediately after 1918 were a time of great political, social and economic change. In Aftermath Graham seeks to examine how the events of this turbulent period were shaped by the Great War and how they, in turn, influenced the years beyond. 

Including the Spanish flu epidemic, women's enfranchisement and the influence of Dr Marie Stopes, the emergence of modern Ireland, the Russian Revolution and development of both American and modern society, this was a period that truly shaped the 20th century.

Sponsor: The Station, Richmond

 

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Herbert Read – our forgotten war poet

27 September 2018
7.00pm, Green Howards Museum, Richmond Market Place DL10 4QN, £7, Tickets available from Green Howards Museum, tel 01748 826 561, disabled access

Although commemorated in Westminster Abbey's Poets' Corner, why is this poet, knight of the realm, art critic and writer often overlooked? Was it because this intriguing Yorkshireman was also an anarchist? Carl Watts explores the life and work of this extraordinary man.

 

 


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