W6: Swale Watershed Challenge Walk 2 - Ravenseat, High Pike, Hugh Seat and High Seat - new
Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at Birkdale – roadside parking at B6270 junction (GR: NY 858 016) at 10.15am 13.5 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)
Our walk takes us up Little Sleddale on rough tracks to ascend Hugh Seat at the southern end of Mallerstang Edge. Here we can enjoy stunning views east and west. High Seat at 709m provides the summit for the Edge. After reaching High Pike it’s a descent back to the road. Shooting butts abound, indicating how important grouse shooting is to this upland area. Ascending north of the road we’re on rough moor again and follow the Coast to Coast option to Ravenseat, the hill farm featured on so many TV programmes with Amanda Owen and family. A short road section takes us back to the start. Please note that parts of this walk are over rough ground and are boggy in places.
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W7: Jervaulx, Middleham and River Ure - new
Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start Jervaulx Abbey car park (GR: SE 169 857) at 10.00am. 10 Miles. Easy. £7
We pass the ruins of 12th century Jervaulx Abbey, before crossing the parkland of Jervaulx Hall. Wide views of Wensleydale open up before us, with iconic Penhill always in the centre of the picture. Thornton Steward, our first destination, is a typical Yorkshire village: a collection of attractive stone cottages either side of small greens running the length of the village, complete with village pump, tiny former village school and Village Institute. Passing isolated St. Oswald’s Church with its Norman remains, we emerge into the park of the imposing Danby Hall, where a broad track leads us to Ulshaw Bridge. After a short walk alongside the lovely River Cover we crest a rise for a spectacular view of Middleham Castle, the Neville’s stronghold and boyhood home of Richard III. A loop takes us back to Cover Bridge and an afternoon stroll along the banks of the Rivers Cover and Ure back to Jervaulx in time for a visit to the abbey itself if you wish. Entrance here is by a suggested donation of £5 in the honesty box.
W8/8A: The Feldom Wander
Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start at Cordilleras Farm (GR: NZ 096 037) at 9.45am. 8.5 Miles. Moderate. £7
We have featured this walk for a number of years, with two parties going clockwise and anti-clockwise round the route and it continues to be very popular, so if you are interested in joining it please book early. We have special access to the MOD Feldom Ranges land, rarely walked, a mixture of heather moorland, scattered woods and deep cut valleys. This is an Army training area, not otherwise known to the rambler, and rich in archaeological remains, including a fine Hill Fort with impressive views to the northern dales; and some of the best cup and ring stones in the area. We usually visit two of these on our route but, subject to confirmation, for 2022 we hope to be able to take in others if this proves to be practical.
H1: Wenlock Wood
Start at the bus stops outside TESCO on Catterick Garrison (GR: SE 180 978) 10.15am 4.6 Miles. Easy. Free just turn up on the day.
This walk is part of the Ramblers Wellbeing Walks programme. It winds through the woods of Leadmill Gill before crossing over onto Catterick Golf Course. We climb the short ‘Heartbreak Hill’ watching out for golfers, before entering the MOD Wenlock Plantation. We venture out across the open training area on Scotton Moor, before returning to the golf course past the curious Druggon Hill.
E5: Jessica Redland and ‘Chasing Dreams at Hedgehog Hollow’
The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD. 11.00am – midday. £8. Café/restaurant, bookstall, disabled access
North Yorkshire-based author Jessica Redland writes emotional but uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community. Her home in Scarborough inspired the creation of the fictional seaside town of Whitsborough Bay, and the stunning countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds inspired the bestselling Hedgehog Hollow series. Richmond played an important part in her writing journey because she started her debut novel while managing a specialist teddy bear shop on Finkle Street. She’ll talk about her journey to publication, the themes of her novels - seventeen so far - and the joys and challenges of being an author.
Sponsored by: The Station
E6: Sally Coulthard and ‘The Barn’, in conversation with Pam Royle
Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond DL10 4DW. 7.30pm. £15 from www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk. Bar, bookstall, disabled access.
Bestselling author and columnist Sally Coulthard has spent the last two decades writing about nature, history and craft. Many of her books delve into the traditions of rural life – the people, plants and creatures that make the countryside tick. Sally’s work often weaves together different disciplines, pulling threads from social history, anthropology, archaeology and nature writing to bring her diverse subjects to life. Her latest book, ‘The Barn’, uncovers the fascinating history of a barn on her North Yorkshire smallholding. Waterstones has dubbed it ‘a masterwork of research and non-fiction storytelling. Sally will be in conversation with Pam Royle, a multi-award-winning television journalist and presenter.