W1: Classic Calver Circuit
Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start at Reeth village green at 9.30am. 10 miles.
Calver, the mountain of the middle dale, divides Arkengarthdale and Swaledale.
Starting from Reeth we initially follow an ancient lane and then the south flank of the
hill to Cringley Bottom and Fore Gill Gate. We walk down the lovely Fore Gill valley,
crossing Arkengarthdale before climbing up to Fremington Edge. Following the path
along the very crest of the escarpment we enjoy splendid views back to Calver Hill
and down Swaledale before descending back to Reeth.
W2: Visit to Altberg Factory and Walk to Willance’s Leap
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.
T1: Georgian Richmond
Meet at Castle Hill Bookshop at 2.30pm. Free, but donations to St. Mary’s Parish Church most welcome.
Author and historian Jane Hatcher takes you on a walk around Richmond and reveals its Georgian past through its stunning buildings and tells of some of the history of its celebrated inhabitants.