18th - 26th
September 2021

Walk Gradings & Categories



We are busy preparing an exciting walks programme for 2021.

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


"W" Walks

The main daytime walking programme which explores the northern Yorkshire Dales. Generally there are three walks each day of varying length from 6 to 13 miles. A summary and grade is provided for each walk with joining instructions.

Note: All our walks are led by unpaid volunteers who provide their time for the pleasure of passing on their love and knowledge of our wonderful countryside. These walks can be booked alongside the book events. Details of booking arrangements for the 2021 Festival are still being finalised.

"H" Walks

These shorter walks are part of the national Walking for Health programme www.whi.org.uk. They offer an easier option, perhaps for less active partners and children of regular walkers on the main programme. These walks are free and you can just turn up - but if you want more information please contact William Gedye on 07710 739192 or walk.for.health@btinternet.com

"T" Walks

These are themed guided walking tours in and around Richmond town, generally with an historic or artistic interest. Expert guides pass on their specialist knowledge on the history, architecture or artistic heritage of our lovely town. Please refer to individual events for fees (where applicable), booking arrangements and joining instructions.


"W" Walks

We have graded the "W" walks in the main walking programme and included an approximate distance.

Easy: For those who walk in the countryside only occasionally, mainly shorter distances with generally gentle gradients.  

Moderate: For those of average fitness used to regular country walks involving longer distances. All these walks are likely to include some steeper inclines and/or descents, and uneven terrain.

Hard: The longest walks with some sustained or repeated climbs and steep descents which should only be attempted by those who are physically fit, well equipped, and who have regular experience of the type of terrain involved. Please note that the High Fells Challenge walks will by their nature sometimes cross open country, off recognised paths, and across boggy ground.

Owing to the nature of the Dales landscape most walks are considered of moderate grading and should be no problem to the fairly fit, normal weekend rambler. Please be aware: There are no flat walks in the Yorkshire Dales. All walks will have some gradients as well as the usual country walking features, such as tracks which can be rough muddy and uneven; and field paths with stiles and livestock.


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