Our Programme for 2022 is now announced
Our walks programme offers a selection of walks each day, of varying length and ability. Old favourites are included, such as the Feldom Wander and there will be the usual series of six challenge walks, this year in Swaledale following the ridges forming the watershed of the Swale. New routes include two linear walks down Swaledale, the “Corpse Way” from Keld to Grinton, followed the next day by a walk from Grinton back to Richmond. Other new walks include a peat bog extravaganza with National Trust ecologist and rangers in Upper Wharfedale, a walk along the River Tees and through Rokeby Park which includes a guided tour of the house, plus a walk in Aske Park including parts not open to the public.
Book events take place mornings and evenings. Victorian adventurers are discussed by authors Rosemary Brown and Jacki Hill, while Nicolas Crane will be recounting the adventures behind the discovery of the shape and magnitude of the Earth. Christy Lefteri, author of the best-selling book ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’ will be in conversation with Dr Ryad Alsous the beekeeper who inspired the book. Oliver Condy, author of ‘Symphonies for the Soul’ will discuss pieces of music to suit all moods with broadcaster and writer James Naughtie. Clare Jackson, winner of the prestigious Wolfson Histroy Prize, will be taking about 17th Century England and her book "Devil-Land". Local authors include Chris Lloyd talking about his latest book ‘Secret Darlington’ and Sally Coulthard whose latest book tells of the fascinating history of a barn on her North Yorkshire small holding. Other topics covered include the Pilgrim Routes in Britain, the World’s Great Cathedrals, walking in the footsteps of the Brontes, Trees of Life, 52 ways to walk, Ancient Egypt plus authors Jessica Redland and Marrisse Whittaker talking about their novels and being a writer. The festival also features two exciting events for children on Saturday afternoons and a poetry evening.