W9: Swaledale Challenge Day 3 (new)
Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start West Surrender Bridge (GR SD988999) at 9.45am. 9 miles. Moderate. £7. (£6 if all 6 stages booked)
Starting at Surrender Bridge we follow the miners track to Level House. From here we cross another miners' moonscape before enjoying stunning views of Gunnerside with its heather moors, green meadows, mining buildings, levels and hushes. After a steep descent into Gunnerside village it is up again to the route high above Feethams and back down to Surrender Bridge.
W10: Grinton Smelt Mill & Maiden Castle
Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. Start at the road Junction (GR SE047978) below Grinton Lodge YH at 9.45am. 7.5 miles. Moderate. £7.
This is your chance to explore some fine examples of lead mining in Swaledale as we see hushes, flues and smelt mill remains and recreate the atmosphere of intensive lead ore processing at Grinton Smelt Mill. The walk takes us out over Harkerside with the chance to see where miners toiled for the ore on the bleak moor, harnessing the power of nature to drive water down hushes to reveal the lead ore seams. We will enjoy spectacular views of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale before visiting the Iron Age Maiden Castle.
W11: The Historic Environs of Richmond (new)
Start Lidl car park at 9.30am. 6.5miles. Easy. £7.
The walk will take us up to the old Richmond Racecourse then through Deepdale to the old lead road and Richmond Beacon. We will then drop down to the banks of the River Swale pausing at the picnic tables for a refreshment break. Passing remains of Richmond's industrial past we will finish with a tour of the old Railway Station, now housing a restaurant, cinema, shops and an art gallery.
T4: Exploring Richmond
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.