18th - 26th
September 2021

Mon 20 September 2021

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W6: Wensleydale Challenge – Leg 2 – Great and Little Whernside - new

Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at Scar House Reservoir car park (GR: SE070766) at 10.15am 11.5 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Today we start in Nidderdale near to the dam wall of Scar House Reservoir. We follow the shores of this and Angram Reservoir before heading up the moor to Great Whernside at 2,309 feet. (Not be confused with ‘Whernside’ in The Yorkshire 3 Peaks). We follow the high ridge around to Little Whernside at 1,979 feet, with great views of Nidderdale on our right and Coverdale on the left. We soon pick up the track back to the reservoir shore, crossing the dam wall back to the Car Park.

Sponsored by: The Sirius Group   www.thesiriusgroup.com

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W7: High Force and Low Force

Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start Bowlees Visitor Centre car park (GR: NY908282) at 10.00am. 8 Miles. Moderate. £7

Our walk takes us to Howick Scar, where the Whin Sill outcrop forms a steep sided valley, then west over Howick Moor with great views of the North Pennine fells, dotted with white farm buildings, and further evidence of the impressive outcrop of the Whin Sill, dissected at this point by the River Tees. We drop down to the river and follow the Pennine Way along the riverbank, passing the dramatic High Force waterfall before arriving at the more gentle Low Force waterfalls.  Please note there are becks to be forded on this walk. After making our way back to Bowlees we should have plenty of time to stop off at the Visitor Centre to look at the displays and have a drink and a cake, or alternatively you may wish to wander up into the nature reserve and see picturesque waterfalls and Gibson’s Cave. There will be plenty of photo opportunities, so remember to bring the camera!

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W8/8A: The Feldom Wander

Leave Station car park 9.15am.  Start at Cordilleras Farm (GR: NZ096037) at 9.45am. 8.5 Miles. Moderate. £7

This walk continues to be 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. Our thanks go to the Headquarters Defence Training Estate North and Headquarters Catterick Training Area for allowing us to access the ranges for this walk.

Sponsored by: Altberg www.altberg.co.uk

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H1: Wenlock Wood - new

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 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.  

E4: Ian Short and ‘Seasons on the Hill Farm’

The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD; 11.00am - midday; £5; Café, restaurant; Bookstall; Disabled access

‘Seasons on the Hill Farm’ is a fascinating book, a photographic record of the farming year of Swaledale sheep breeders, the Calvert Family, who live and work in Birkdale, the most northerly dale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

David Ian Short is a well-known local photographer based in Richmond, who runs the Richmond Station Photography Groups for beginners and experts. Ian has exhibited at Richmond Station, Scottish Natural Heritage in Perth, and the Joe Cornish Gallery in Northallerton. He has previously completed photographic projects with the Alvie estate in Aviemore and has run photographic holidays in Scotland.

Ian’s background is in teaching and, as a geographer, he brings a wealth of knowledge about the area which is inter-weaved into his narrative. Ian’s love for the Dale comes through in his distinctive and engaging text, which accompanies his photographs.

Ian will be leading walk W16 on the Thursday of Festival week which will take the group into the area of Birkdale covered by the book. Please book separately for this walk.


Sponsored by: Altberg www.altberg.co.uk & The Station www.thestation.co.uk

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E5: ‘The Mother of the Brontës’ with Sharon Wright

Burgoyne Hotel, Reeth, DL11 6SN; 12.45pm for optional walk of 2.5 miles around Reeth; 2.00pm talk followed by afternoon tea at 3.00pm. £20 including the afternoon tea; Bookstall; Disabled access

Who was the enigmatic Mrs Brontë? 200 years after her death, this is her story.

This ground-breaking biography of Maria Branwell reveals a remarkable woman who has been lost in the shadows of her gifted children, Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë. The witty, clever and intrepid lady of letters, lover of Patrick and mother of genius has been missing for too long.

The extraordinary Brontës were a family like no other and it all began when Maria met Patrick.


Sponsored by The Burgoyne Hotel, Reeth: www.theburgoyne.co.uk

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E6: Baroness Hale of Richmond and ‘A Life in Law’

Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond DL10 4DW; 7.30pm; £15 from www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk; Bar; Bookstall; Disabled access

Baroness Hale of Richmond, former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, will speak about her life and times and soon-to-be published memoirs, "Spider Woman".

Brenda Hale was Head Girl at Richmond School, obtained a starred first at Girton College, was the first woman member of the Law Commission and first female Lord of Appeal.

Well known for declaring the prorogation of Parliament unlawful in 2019 and wearing a variety of insect brooches, Baroness Hale will also answer questions in the second part of the evening.

Sponsored by: Purple Creative  www.purplecs.com and Richmond and the Dales Soroptomists  sigbi.org/richmond-and-dales

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