Walk Gradings & Categories (Subject to review for 2020)



In 2019 we feature 13 new walks, a number we have not had in the programme in recent years, plus some festival favourites. Once again the walks are  principally located within Swaledale and Wensleydale. This year's multi-day walk is "The High Fells Challenge 2"  featuring over 60 miles of excellent albeit hard walking, and visiting at least one summit above 2,200 feet on each of the 6 days. For those of you who want to book and complete the whole challenge we are offering a £1 discount on the £7 daily ticket price as an incentive. To keep us away from the UCI World Championship Road Race on the first Sunday, we visit the Eden Valley for our first Challenge, and Teesdale for some great walking, including parts of the Pennine Way and a chance to see the iconic waterfalls on the Tees at High Force and Low Force. Also further afield we have a walk from Masham in Nidderdale, where we visit the fascinating Druids Temple. And the festival would not be complete without the 2 festival classics: The Feldom Wander and the pre-walk visit to Altberg, Britain's last remaining boot manufacturer. 

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 explore the northern Yorkshire Dales. Generally there are three walks per day of varying length from 6 to 13 miles. A summary and grade is provided for each walk with joining instructions.

NB. 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, either online, by post or at Castle Hill Bookshop.

"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 a 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.

"S" Walks

In 2019 we are pleased to include a Memory Walk being organised by Dementia Friendly Richmondshire in support of the Alzheimer's Society. This is a sponsored event to raise funds for the Society. Please refer to the event details for more information. 


"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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