W1: High Grantley and Eavestone - new
Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start at pull in parking near the phone box in High Grantley (Probably Grantley on Sat Navs) (GR: SE 232 699, What3Words: ///terminology.foresight.cleans) at 10.00am. 9 Miles. Moderate. £7
A varied walk in an area we think few people will have visited. From High Grantley we walk through fields and woodland to Lumley Moor Reservoir where we follow a path around the water’s edge before heading across an area of moor to join the Ripon Rowell Walk. Passing through the picturesque woodland and lake at Eavestone, we follow field paths towards Grantley Hall, before making our way back to our starting point. This walk has no significant climbs but may be muddy in places.
W2: Visit to Altberg Factory and walk to Willance’s Leap
Meet at Altberg Factory shop on Gallowfields Trading Estate DL10 4TG at 10.00am. 6.5 Miles. Moderate. £7
Our traditional “Start of Festival” event is always popular. Altberg is the last remaining boot manufacturer in England, and we will start the day at the factory to see how the boots are designed and made - for walking, the army and biking. There’s time for a cup of tea and a look round the excellent factory shop before a walk along Whitcliffe Scar, with great views over lower Swaledale, to hear about the famous but gruesome legend of Willance’s Leap.
Sponsored by: Altberg
W3: The Lost Paths? A Walk with Author Jack Cornish - new
Leave Station car park 10.00am. 7.5 Miles. Moderate. £7
Jack Cornish is Head of Paths at Ramblers and will be talking about his new book “The Lost Paths” at the Saturday evening book event (E4). We have invited him to lead a walk to Whitcliffe Scar iron age fort taking in a lost path and returning via the banks of the River Swale. There will be lots of interesting history and also discussions on how we record (and protect/preserve) access to the land in the present day. This walk will put in context just how special these forgotten rights of way are and how embedded each path is in the history of our country and our way of life in previous generations.
E4: Jack Cornish and "The Lost Paths", in conversation with Tim Frenneaux
Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL | 7:30pm | £10 | Refreshments, bookstall, disabled access.
Hundreds of thousands of miles of paths reach into, and connect, communities across England and Wales. But by 2026, 10,000 miles of undiscovered footpaths around Britain stand to be lost.
Jack Cornish has dedicated the last five years of his life to walking these forgotten routes. Now, in The Lost Paths, he will show you just how special these forgotten rights of way are, and how embedded each path is in the history of Britain.
Footpaths, tracks, country lanes and urban streets illuminate how our ancestors interacted with and shaped their landscapes in the pursuit of commerce, salvation, escape, war, and leisure. Paths are an often-overlooked part of our everyday life and our country's history, crucial to understanding the cultural and environmental history of us, as a nation, in our landscape.
Jack Cornish is head of paths at the Ramblers, Britain's largest walking charity, and is in conversation with Tim Frenneaux, the founder and curator of Adventurous Ink, an online book club for travel, adventure and nature writing.
Sponsored by: Adventurous Ink