W1: Wensleydale Villages and Waterfalls - new
Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start at National Park Centre at Aysgarth Falls (£5 charge applies) (GR: SE 012 888) at 10.00am. 11 Miles. Moderate. £7
Our walk takes us to Aysgarth Upper Falls and Aysgarth Church before heading east along the southern bank of the River Ure. After passing Aysgarth Middle and Lower Falls we follow pleasant field tracks to reach Redmire Falls. Leaving the river we climb, initially gently and then steeply, to reach the ruins of the Knights Templar Chapel, before making our way to the falls and village of West Burton. Heading over field paths to Thornaby, the return to Aysgarth village involves some “ups and downs”, including one steep section, but all on good paths, before a short walk over fields takes us back to our starting point.
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.
E2: Gabriella Gordon and ‘Sweet Crime Sweet Justice’
Richmond Library DL10 4AE. 2.00pm. £3 per child; £5 for two children; accompanying adults free. Disabled access.
This event is suitable for 8 to 11 year-olds who bring their own grown-up.
Local author, Gabriella Gordon, brings her latest children’s detective novel to life through a series of crime-busting activities for 8 to 11 years olds. ‘Sweet Crime, Sweet Justice’ is a mystery full of crazy plans and Fab ice lollies! The first of a series set in North Yorkshire in which two best friends build a secret headquarters and create ingenious traps to catch all the bad people in the world. The first baddie is a curious thief who steals unusual things. But perhaps their biggest mystery is the unexpected arrival of a strange third detective who appears out of nowhere one day….. Bring a magnifying glass, if you have one!
Sponsored by: Catterick, Richmond and Colburn Community Libraries (CRACCL)
E3: Michael Stewart and ‘Walking the Invisible’
Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL. 7.30pm. £10. Refreshments, bookstall, disabled access.
Michael Stewart is Head of Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield, and author of ‘Ill Will’, the story of Heathcliff’s missing years. He created the Brontë Stones project, four monumental stones placed between the birthplace and the Parsonage, inscribed with poems by Kate Bush, Carol Ann Duffy, Jeannette Winterson and Jackie Kay. While researching ‘Walking the Invisible’ Michael found himself falling further into the Bronte lives and writings than he could ever have imagined. He walked the paths they trod while writing their most famous works, discovering fascinating echoes of the siblings' classic novels in the landscape.
Sponsored by: Millgate House