W16: Swaledale Challenge Day 5 (new)
Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start Reeth at 9:30am. 12 miles. Moderate / hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)
This is your chance to visit an area where lead mining had taken place for at least 1,800 years and the site of the only 'manor' in the dale. We start by climbing up to Fremington Edge, enjoying fine views across mid-Swaledale before crossing heather moorland to Hurst. We then plunge down into deep and beautiful valleys to emerge at Marske and our return route via Marrick to Reeth.
Generously supported by Purple Creative.
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W17: "My kingdom for a horse" (new)
Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. Start Middleham Castle (GR: SE128884) at 10.00am. 8 Miles. Moderate. £7.
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.
W18: Swale Gorge
Leave Lidl car park at 9.30am. Start Farmers Arms - Muker at 10.15am. 5.5 miles. Easy / Medium. £7.
A classic short circular walk from the picturesque village of Muker, traversing the dramatic Swale Gorge, then on to the remote and historic hamlet of Keld. From there we head back towards Muker along a high level track over the flanks of Kisdon Hill with glorious views of the surrounding fells.
H4: Scorton Lakes & Bolton-On-Swale
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.
T6: A March Through Richmond Castle's Military Past (new)
Meet at Richmond Castle's Main Gate at 2.30pm. Free, with thanks to the support of National Lottery players through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Please book a place
Join English Heritage's Lead Historian, for this project, and discover the castle's history from 1854 to WWII. Learn about its rejuvenation by the military after centuries of decline and hear stories of those who worked or were detained here.
E10: Bob Longridge - Robert Stephenson Trust 'Rocket Man & Cousin Jacks'
Townsend Suite, The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD * 2.30pm * Tickets £5 * Book stall * Disabled access * Booking recommended as space limited
Based on 111 letters written by engineer Robert Stephenson to his boss in Bogotá, this book published by the Robert Stephens Trust describes his reasons for working for 3 years with the Colombian Mining Association before nearly drowning on the return trip to England and subsequently winning Liverpool & Manchester Railway's Rainhill Trials in 1829 with the now-iconic 'Rocket'.
Bob is a direct descendant of George & Robert Stephenson's business partner, Michael Longridge and has been Chair of the Robert Stephenson Trust since 2001.
Generously supported by The Station
T7: Ghost Walk
Meet at the Friary Gardens, Queens Road DL10 4DW at 6pm. Adult £4.00. Child £3.50. Under 5s Free. Payment to your costumed guide. More details on 01748 818156.
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
E11: Jo Baker - author of 'Longbourn' and 'A Country Road'
Sixth Form Centre, Richmond School, DL10 7BQ * 7.30pm * Tickets £8 * Book stall * Fair Trade bar * Disabled access
Author of the bestselling Longbourn, Jo Baker's behind-the-scenes story set in the Bennett household as Pride & Prejudice unfolds is due to be made into a film. In contrast, her latest book A Country Road – A Tree is set in Paris 1939 as Nazi soldiers march along the Champs Élysées where a young writer, recently moved from Ireland to make his mark, smokes one last cigarette with his lover before joining the Resistance. A story of life at the edges of human experience, it describes how one man came to translate it all into art.
Generously supported by the Richmond Fairtrade Forum