20th - 29th
September 2024

Monday 23 Sept 2024

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W6: High Cup Nick

Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at Dufton Car Park (Toilet available) (GR: NY 690 250, What3Words: ///terminal.relaxing.cashiers ) at 10.15am 10 Miles. Hard. £7

In 2023 the weather defeated us on this one! Our walk takes us to one of the icons of the North Pennines, and one no serious walker should miss. From Dufton village we climb steadily to over 600m through disused mine workings on very good tracks. Once the climbing is complete, we traverse Blackstone Edge past the remote Great Rundale Tarn. Please note this section of the route is over rough ground which will be boggy in places. There are spectacular views in every direction. Approaching High Cup Nick from the west provides a ‘wow’ moment. We follow this ravine, using the Pennine Way, to descend back to Dufton.

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W7: A Lead Mining Discovery Day in Upper Swaledale - new

Leave Station car park 9.30am. Start at Rukin Farm Car Park (GR: NY 892 012, What3Words: ///attending.sonic.drag) at 10.30am. 4.5 Miles. Moderate. £7

Our Discovery Day commences with a short walk from Keld to the head of Swaledale where we will look around the rich mining landscape in this part of the Dale. We will visit the interesting and well-preserved Low Plate dressing floor complex, not on rights of way, and see evidence of mining methods and a smelt mill. Returning to Keld we will visit Keld Resource Centre for a talk on the history of lead mining in the Dale, and mining processes.  Please note that whilst a short walk, the paths, particularly in Swinnergill, are steep and narrow in places.

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W8: A Lower Wensleydale Ramble - new

Leave Station car park 9.30am. Start in Finghall (Final parking arrangements will be confirmed to participants) at 10.00am. 9 Miles. Moderate. £7

Our walk, at the easier end of our moderate grading, takes us across field paths to the reservoir at Thornton Steward before we head east towards Newton Le Willows. There is some road walking along quiet byways on this part of the walk. Crossing the line of the Wensleydale Railway we follow a pleasant valley path alongside Leeming Beck before recrossing the tracks for our return to Finghall. There are good open views of Lower Wensleydale throughout.

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H1: Lady Agitha’s Shawl - new

Start at the Bus Shelter in Leyburn Marketplace (Honesty Box Parking) (GR: SE 112 904, What3Words: /// producing.coil.bandaged) at 10.15am. 4.5 Miles. Easy. Free just turn up on the day.

This walk is part of the Ramblers Wellbeing Walks programme. It provides fine views of lower Wensleydale and Pen Hill. It takes us along the limestone edge known locally as 'The Shawl', past Lady Agitha's Cave. We go as far as the old pit ropeway at Tullis Cote Farm and then through the fields before climbing back up to the edge and returning along The Shawl.

E8: Joe Willis and ‘Swaledale: An insider’s guide - a book written at a glacial pace’

The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD | 11:00am – midday | £8 | Café/restaurant, bookstall, disabled access

Joe Willis is an award-winning journalist. Formerly of The Northern Echo, but now the editor of his own local news service, Richmondshire Today, Joe has written stories which have been followed up by news organisations around the world. Born and raised in the Yorkshire Dales, he was perhaps the ideal candidate to write a guidebook on Swaledale for Richmond Tourist Information Centre. The problem for Joe and the TIC, is that he is used to knocking out 250-word articles rather than 80-odd pages of book, meaning the glacier which shaped the Pennines moved at a faster pace than the writing of this quirky guidebook did.

Sponsored by: Richmond Information Centre

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E9: Sally Coulthard and ‘A Brief History of the Countryside in 100 Objects’

Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond DL10 4DW | 7.30pm | £12 | from www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk  Bar, bookstall, disabled access

The much awaited appearance of Sally after unavoidable cancellations in past years

For most of human history, we were rural folk. And yet the history of the countryside is oddly invisible. In her latest book, Sally Coulthard reveals the fascinating story of rural Britain told through the often surprising objects people left behind. From deer headdresses to dried cats, children’s toys to playing cards, she takes a 12,000-year journey and delves into the hopes, lives and challenges of our ancestors.

Sally Coulthard is a best-selling author of books about rural history and the natural world including ‘The Barn’, ‘A Short History of the World According to Sheep’ and ‘Fowl Play’. She also writes a column for Country Living magazine, in which she documents her experiences of raising a gaggle of unruly animals on her smallholding in the Howardian Hills.

Sally will be in conversation with Chris Lloyd, Chief Feature Writer for the Northern Echo and Stockton Times and a former North East Journalist of the Year.

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