Programme at a glance 2016

W22: Tan Hill Inn & Ravenseat (new)

01 October 2016

Leave Co-op car park 9.00am. Start Keld car park at 10.00am. 10 miles. Moderate. £7.

Following sections of the Pennine Way and Alfred Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route this walk visits the Tan Hill Inn, Britain’s highest pub, and Ravenseat the 2,000 acre working farm home of Amanda Owen – ‘The Yorkshire Shepherdess”, providing a welcome stop for tea and scones before we return to Keld.

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W23: Hurst Circular (new)

01 October 2016

Leave Co-op car park 9.15am. Start Hurst phone box at 9.45am. (GR NZ051025) 6 miles. Moderate. £7.

This walk takes us to a little visited lovely area of rural Dales countryside. We start in Hurst which was once a thriving centre for the lead mining industry where hundreds of people were employed, but now comprises just a few houses and many remains of the past. We walk along an open track and cross a small beck to climb up and past Holgate a deserted farmhouse. Now following field paths down into the valley we reach Helwith before ascending to Skelton Moor, enjoying lovely views across the moor, before descending back down to Hurst.

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'Written Locally' (new) with: Nicky Hansell

01 October 2016

Come and listen to local author, Nicky Hansell, read from her book 'The Sage Train'.

Castle Hill Bookshop, 10.00am-midday, Free entry.


W24: Redmire Woods - Upper Wharfedale (new)

01 October 2016

Leave Co-op car park 9.30am. Start YDNP car park Buckden (GR SD943773) 10.30am. 3 miles. Easy. £7.

Join the local National Trust Ranger for this informative half-day’s walk which will appeal to those with an interest in history and natural history. This is a relatively easy walk, with many points of interest, which provides the opportunity to visit Redmire Wood, a large designed landscape with many exotic trees, parts of which the Trust are currently restoring.

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'Written Locally' (new) with: ...and finally George Jowett

01 October 2016

Come to the last 'Written Locally' event of the Festival and listen to local poet, George Jowett, read his work.

Castle Hill Bookshop, 2.00-4.00pm, Free entry.


E9: Book Event - Sarah Meyrick and Retired Bishop, John Pritchard: 'One more step along the World'

01 October 2016

Sarah Meyrick and Retired Bishop, John Pritchard: 'One more step along the World'.

 

Venue & Time: St Mary’s Church Richmond DL10 7AQ; Disabled access; 7.30pm

 

Tickets £6 with profits being donated to St Mary’s Church Bell-Appeal


‘Books and Boots’ Festival-goers know that people who enjoy a good walk often enjoy a good book too. But what is it about walking and storytelling that makes them such happy companions? Why does the open road encourage the sharing of confidences? And how is it that pilgrimage is so popular at a time when organised religion in western Europe is in decline? The retired Bishop of Oxford and prolific writer talks to the author Sarah Meyrick about her debut novel ‘Knowing Anna’ which is set on the Pilgrims’ Way to Canterbury – and finds out what inspired her to write a contemporary Canterbury Tale.

 

Refreshments, as well as wine generously provided by John Pritchard, included in the ticket

 

Book stall

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E10: Book Event - Ian Short, 'Swaledale in the Footsteps of Ella Pontefract & Marie Hartley'

01 October 2016

Ian Short, in partnership with the Swaledale Outdoor Club: ‘Swaledale: In The Footsteps of Ella Pontefract & Marie Hartley’.

 

Venue & Time: Townsend Suite, The Station Richmond DL10 7AQ, Disabled access; 7.30pm

Tickets: £6

In the 1930s, Ella and Marie travelled throughout Swaledale and they grew to love the land scape, people and traditions of the dale. Their book "Swaledale" depicts an age that has largely disappeared but Swaledale, along with the other North Pennine dales are as much cherished today as in the earlier 20th century. The presentation shows a photographer's view of Ella and Marie's writing on Swaledale.

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W25: Hidden Villages and Sunday Lunch

02 October 2016

Leave Co-op car park 9.00am. Start White Swan Gilling West 9.15am. 7 miles. Easy/Moderate. £7.

A repeat of last years very popular Sunday Lunch Walk. We leave Gilling by the church yard on to Waters Lane, past fishing lakes, then over the sunken Jagger lane, and learn of its origin and history. Then on to Washton and Kirkby Hill where we have splendid views looking down on the village of Ravensworth and its castle ruins. This is the next village we pass through on our way to meet Holme Beck and so back to Gilling West, passing through the pretty village of Hartforth to reach the White Swan for our traditional end-of-festival Sunday lunch.

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W26: Upper Wharfedale Panorama (new)

02 October 2016

Leave Co-op car park at 9.15am. Start Buckden pay and display car park at 10.15 am. 8 miles. Moderate. £7.

Join us for this classic Upper Wharfedale walk. Leaving Buckden we follow the Dales Way along riverside paths to the attractive hamlet of Hubberholme and its ancient church. We continue following the River Wharfe up Langstrothdale to Yokenthwaite where, following a short uphill section, we reach the edge of the moor and enjoy fabulous panoramic views down the length of Wharfedale as we traverse generally good and flat paths to reach Cray. Another final short climb is followed by a long and steady decent, through attractive woodland, back to Buckden.

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T9: Exploring Richmond

02 October 2016

Meet outside the Town Hall at 12.00 noon. Free, but donations to the Richmond Mayor’s Charities most welcome.

Your costumed guide, a Richmond policeman of 1842, takes you for a walk back in time. Lasts just over an hour.


E11: Book Event - Former MP, Chris Mullin, 'Hinterland, A Memoir'

02 October 2016

Former MP, Chris Mullin, ‘Hinterland, A Memoir’.

Venue & Time: Richmond School, The Hall in the Clarke Hall Building DL10 7BQ; Disabled access; 7.30pm

Tickets: £8

Author, journalist and former minister, Chris Mullin, discusses his recently published memoirs, 'Hinterland'.  He is also the author of three highly acclaimed volumes of diaries and the novel 'A Very British Coup' which was made into an award-winning television series.  His investigation into the Birmingham pub bombings has been described as one of the greatest feats ever achieved by an investigative journalist.


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