20th - 29th
September 2024

Terms and Conditions including Walks Joining Instructions


Advance booking is strongly recommended but any unsold tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event or at The Station at the start of a walk. Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded unless a performance or walk is cancelled. All tickets for book events are for un-numbered seats (other than those sold by the Georgian Theatre Royal for events at the Theatre). Programmes, events, walks and artists are confirmed at the time of booking but Richmond Walking and Book Festival reserves the right to alter them in the event of unforeseen circumstances.


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


The majority of our main programme walks will have an initial meeting point at The Station, Richmond, DL10 4LD. This is on the road from Richmond to Catterick Garrison, just over Mercury Bridge. A free parking space will be allocated for any cars left during the day. We encourage guests to car-share wherever possible, subject to any restrictions or covid measures that might be in place at the time. If you do not have your own transport and will require a lift to the start point it is vital that you let us know at the time of booking. We will use our best endeavours to ensure a lift is available, but if this is not possible we will aim to inform you beforehand and if necessary a refund will be given. To assist in these arrangements we will also ask those starting at The Station, and who have transport, whether they are prepared to offer lifts. Passengers are asked to contribute to the driver's fuel and, where applicable, parking costs incurred at walk start points. If you intend to meet us at the walk start point it is vital that you let us know in advance (see below)

It should be noted that walk start points can be some distance from Richmond, but generally no more than one hour's drive away from our meeting point at the Station, though the majority are considerably closer. Meeting and start times for individual walks are clearly stated in the walks programme.

Please ensure you are at the Station or other meeting point in plenty of time so we can get away promptly at the time shown in the programme.


If you are using your own transport arrangements, or are staying close to the walk start point and do not need to come to Richmond to car share, please advise when booking, or ring 07506 282119. Please note this phone number will only be in operation during the period of the Festival. Similarly, please advise us on this same phone number if, for any reason, you are unable to make a walk that you have booked for.

For general walk enquiries, particularly where these are before the festival period, please email info@booksandboots.org


Please carry food and drink. A drink and lunch break will generally be taken en-route, so please bring suitable provisions with you.

Ensure you wear suitable clothing and footwear with additional layers and wet weather gear should the need arise. The walk leader has the right to refuse any person for whom the walk would, in their opinion, be inappropriate or whose equipment is considered sub-standard (see below). E.g. trainers and jeans are not suitable.

The leader also has the right to alter the route due to weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances.

Do inform the leader of any medical conditions that you consider they should take into consideration, e.g. food stops for people with diabetes. If you have a chronic medical condition, please ensure that you take enough medication with you.

We ask those booking on our walks to give us contact details, preferably a mobile phone number on which they can be contacted on the day of the walk. To help with our safety arrangements please bring you mobile phone with you on the day.


Please note that weather conditions can change – even on low-level walks - and you need to be properly equipped. Many of our high-level walks are in wild and open country at altitudes above 450 meters/1500 feet, where weather conditions can be noticeably different to those in the valley bottoms.

The following is considered a minimum requirement:

  • Food and Drink
  • Suitable walking attire for the day – no jeans please
  • Spare sweater / fleece
  • Hat and gloves
  • Suitable supportive footwear. Please note that on the walks graded as "hard" including all high level walks we strongly recommend wearing walking boots
  • Rucksack
  • Waterproofs
  • Your mobile phone if you have one (see above)


Although the event has Public Liability cover, all participants are encouraged to provide their own accident cover. It should be noted that rambling / hiking exposes participants to natural hazards. The Richmond Walking & Book Festival cannot be held responsible for any injury occurring during a walk.

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