W21: Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook’s Monument - new
Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at car park at Great Ayton Station TS9 6HR (GR: NZ 573 108, What3Words: ///blues.swinging.remission) at 10.00am. 10 Miles. Moderate. £7
Starting from Great Ayton Station we will soon be climbing the steep path up to the iconic Captain Cook's Monument with fine views over Cleveland. A pleasant woodland section and farm lanes take us to the Tumulus on Kildale Moor. We cross the moor circling around to the unmistakeable Roseberry Topping and its steep stepped ascent and descent. On a clear day we will see the North Sea. We return to the start across farm fields and woods.
W22: The Waterfalls of Keld and the Upper Swale - new
Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at National Park CP in Muker (charges), entrance before the bridge. (GR: SD 911 978, What3Words: ///towel.dished.ringers) at 10.00am. 9 Miles. Moderate. £7
It is claimed that Keld has the highest concentration of waterfalls within a mile of the village of anywhere in England. This walk takes in the half-dozen that are publicly accessible, as well as views of others. Along the way we will see traditional hay meadows complete with their “cow’us” (a particular type of small barn), which give an insight into the agricultural history of Upper Swaledale, and glimpses of its lead mining heritage. Leaving Muker, we head west towards Thwaite to join the Pennine Way as it heads over the shoulder of Kisdon Hill. There are stunning views of the infant Swale below us as well as the surrounding fells. Dropping down we loop around Keld, the highest settlement in Swaledale, to visit each of its waterfalls, culminating in the impressive Kisdon Force. A gentle stroll alongside the river brings us back to Muker and the end of our journey.
W23: Upper Coverdale - new
Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start at Carlton in Coverdale Village Hall DL8 4AY (honesty box) (GR: SE 069 847, What3Words: ///mile.barmaid.unearthly) at 10.00am. 8 Miles. Moderate. £7
Our walk in the upper reaches of Coverdale will take us west towards Carlton Moor and Gammersgill, mainly on moorland tracks, to Fleensop from where we descend back into the valley to the interesting village of Horsehouse. Here we will share some tales from it’s past. The return to Carlton takes us along pleasant valley paths close to the River Cover.
W24: A Nature Discovery Walk at Nosterfield - new
Leave Station car park at 9.45am. Rendezvous at Nosterfield Nature Reserve car park (GR: SE 279 795, What3Words: ///divides.commenced.voltage) at 10.30am. An easy nature walk. Distance to be confirmed. £7
Our last Discovery Walk of the programme takes us to the National Nature Reserve at Nosterfield and the nearby reserve at Nosterfield Quarry, still a working Quarry. During a short walk over level ground we will learn about the restoration of former quarries into nature reserves well known locally for their bird life and flowers, learning something of the restoration methods in use to create and improve habitats. Near to the sites is the area known as Thornborough Henges, a series of pre-historic burial mounds. Two of the three Henges have recently passed into the control of Historic England. The plan is to improve access to the Henges and improve the natural habitat in partnership with the Nosterfield team, in an area of rare magnesian limestone grassland. Your knowledgeable team for the day will help you identify the flora and fauna present. A member of the Nosterfield team will explain their work. Please bring binoculars if you have them. We aim to spend the morning at Nosterfield Reserve before transferring to Nosterfield Quarry for the afternoon, with a planned finish at around 4pm.
Supported by: The Lower Ure Conservation Trust
E17: Heather Stevens and "Beyond the Breed"
The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD | 11:00am – midday | £8 | Café/restaurant, bookstall, disabled access.
Heather Stevens has been a qualified dog trainer for almost four decades and runs the Richmond dog crèche, CentreBarks.
Heather is the author of Beyond the Breed - the new way to know and understand your dog. The book shares the knowledge of canine functional characters, which explain the social interactions of individual dogs and the dynamics of groups of dogs.
Sponsored by: CentreBarks
E18: A Yorkshire Nostalgia Evening with Andrew Martin "Yorkshire There and Back" and Matson Taylor "All about Evie"
Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL | 7:30pm | £10 | Refreshments, bookstall, disabled access.
Join us for an evening of Yorkshire nostalgia with two great writers in conversation.
Andrew Martin is a journalist and the award-winning author of the 'Jim Stringer' railway detective series.
In Yorkshire: There and Back, Martin celebrates Britain's most charismatic county, looking back at the Yorkshire of his 1970s childhood and how it is today. Effortlessly entertaining and wonderfully detailed, it is a memoir, guide, and all-round appreciation of 'God's own county'.
Journeying to every historic corner, Martin writes affectionally about its past, present and peculiarities. York is an evolving city of chocolate, trains, pubs and tourists. Scarborough should be viewed as the posh place it once was. Leeds is seen as the 'hard' town with its party goers and late-night provocateurs. And the Moors and Dales continue to boast beauty and danger alike.
Matson Taylor is Yorkshire born and bred. Now living in London, he is a design historian at the V&A. His first book, The Miseducation of Evie Epworth, was selected for both the Richard & Judy Book Club and the BBC Radio 2 Book Club.
The Miseducation of Evie Epworth charts the arrival of the 1960s in a small Yorkshire village. Up until then, Evie’s life had been nothing special. But, inspired by her idols (Charlotte Brontë, Shirley MacLaine, the Queen), she dreams of a world far away from rural East Yorkshire. Standing in the way of these dreams, though, is Christine, Evie’s soon-to-be stepmother, who is lining Evie up for a life of shampoo-and-set drudgery at the stinky local salon.
Matson’s follow up book All about Evie is set in 1972, ten years on. Evie is settled in London working for the BBC. She has everything she's ever dreamed of, but, following an unfortunate incident involving Princess Anne and a Hornsea Pottery mug, she finds herself having to rethink her life and piece together work, love, grief and multiple pairs of cork-soled platform sandals.