W4: Wensleydale Medley Day 1 - Mossdale Gill and Cotterdale (new)
Meet Co-op car park 9.00am. Start at Hawes car park (in main street near Fish & Chip shop) at 10.00am. 10 miles. Moderate. £7.
The first day of this year’s multi-day challenges takes us from the bustling market town of Hawes, with its famous Wensleydale Creamery, initially along farmland and riverside tracks to visit the attractive waterfall at Mossdale Head. Turning north we cross over the fell to Cotterdale before climbing up through attractive woodland onto the shoulder of Great Shunner Fell. Now following a well-used track we can enjoy splendid wide reaching views as we traverse the fell to meet the Pennine Way, which we follow to drop down to Hardraw before making our way back to Hawes.
W5: Hidden Gem Walk (new)
Meet Co-op car park 9.15am. Start at Leyburn (Grove Square car park) at 9.45am. 7 miles. Easy. £7.
This new walk explores rolling pastures on the very edge of the Dales in an area away from the usual tourist beat. Despite generally gentle gradients, the walk offers surprising and long-distance views. Historic interest is added by tales of the tragic fate of some of the local aristocracy on our way to the walks highlight: the little-known hidden gem of Harmby waterfall.
W6: Men of Lead Walk (new)
Meet Co-op car park 9.30am. Start at Langthwaite car park at 10.15am. 4 miles. Easy. £7.
David Joy is the author of over 40 books and a former editor of The Dalesman who will be is providing a talk about his latest book “Men of Lead – Miners of the Yorkshire Dales” this evening. The book is about the men who mined the lead, their families, employers and communities. This is an opportunity to join David for an informative half-day’s walk as we visit Arkle Town, Booze, Scar House and the CB Inn to hear and learn about what life was like in the once industrial Arkengarthdale.
E2: Book Event - Writing Workshop with Irene Lofthouse: ‘Stories and Snacks’
Writing Workshop with Irene Lofthouse: ‘Stories and Snacks’
Venue & Time: Jacalou Junction DL10 4AJ; Disabled access; 2.00-4.00pm
T2: Richmond’s Wynds and Lanes
Meet at Castle Hill Bookshop at 2.30pm. Free, but donations to Richmondshire Museum most welcome.
Local historian and author Mark Whyman 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 some steep slopes and steps.
E3: Book Event - 'Men of Lead – Swaledale & its Miners', Evening Talk by Dales author David Joy
'Men of Lead – Swaledale & its Miners', Evening Talk by Dales author David Joy.
Venue & Time: Townsend Suite, The Station Richmond DL10 4LD; Disabled access; 7.30pm
Having led a walk during the afternoon, Dales author David Joy gives an illustrated talk portraying the time when men risked all in venturing underground by the light of flickering candles. They were seeking lead, a quest that so often was an elusive dream and led to early death. It nevertheless produced great wealth, which transformed Swaledale.
David Joy lives in what was once a lead-mining hamlet and has had a lifelong interest in the subject. He will be signing copies of his new book Men of Lead.