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About Us

Our Festival, now in it's 15th year, is run by a small dedicated team of local volunteers in conjunction with Swaledale Outdoor Club and Castle Hill Bookshop. It provides a unique mix of daytime walks and evening talks to both inspire and invigorate you:

Be inspired: meet celebrated authors, discover new ones and engage in a full programme of evening book events, and the occasional afternoon talk.

Be invigorated: explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales in autumn - enjoy daily walks for amblers, ramblers and serious walkers led by friendly guides, keen to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the Dales.

We have a great selection of graded walks to choose from each day, you can embark on an ambitious climb one day and enjoy an historical stroll the next. Some of the talks may relate to the local area you're visiting and some may take you off in into completely different subjects.  There's also often more participatory events such as a Poetry Open Mic and Book Club discussions.

Richmond is on the edge of the northern Yorkshire Dales. It is very compact with shops, restaurants, accommodation, a Norman castle, the River Swale within walking distance and, of course, the Dales, very close by.

Easily accessible by road or rail, Richmond is just off the A1 at Scotch Corner and a bus ride from Darlington Railway Station on the East Coast mainline.

Please note - in the interests of other walkers, wildlife and livestock, dogs are not allowed on any festival walks.

If you have any questions about the Festival then please contact: info@castlehillbookshop.co.uk or the Festival Box Office at Castle Hill Bookshop 01748 824 243.

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