W22: Tan Hill Inn & Ravenseat (new)
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.
W23: Hurst Circular (new)
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.
W24: Redmire Woods - Upper Wharfedale (new)
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.
'Written Locally' (new) with: Nicky Hansell
Come and listen to local author, Nicky Hansell, read from her book 'The Sage Train'.
Castle Hill Bookshop, 10.00am-midday, Free entry.
'Written Locally' (new) with: ...and finally George Jowett
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'
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
E10: Book Event - Ian Short, 'Swaledale in the Footsteps of Ella Pontefract & Marie Hartley'
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
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.