W21: The Roman Road from Bainbridge and Semerwater - new
Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start Bainbridge Village Green (GR: SD 933 902 ) at 10.00am. 9 miles. Moderate/Hard. £7
This is one of the classic walks in the upper part of Wensleydale. We start on the lovely village green at Bainbridge and, reflecting the grade we have given to the walk, we begin our steady climb up the first stretch of the Cam High Road, following the straight line of the old Roman Road as it climbs towards Whether Fell. We get good views to the north into Upper Wensleydale on this stretch. Leaving the old road we head south to gain the ridge before our steep descent into Bardale and a path which takes us through the villages of Marsett and Stalling Busk nestled in the Dale, with great views of Semerwater. This is the largest natural lake in the County and was formed at the time of the last ice age. We will walk alongside the lake and share some of the legends surrounding this place before walking back towards Bainbridge alongside the country’s shortest River – the Bain. As we approach our start we will be able to see Brough Hill – site of the Roman fort which stood here for over 300 years and explains the existence of the road on which we started our day.
W22: A Linear Walk from Grinton to Richmond - new
Leave Station car park 9.30am. We will transfer to Grinton by private bus for a 10am start. The charge for the bus is included in the ticket price. 11 miles. Moderate/Hard. £TBC
Our second linear walk in Swaledale starts at the “Cathedral of the Dale” at Grinton. We will climb up to the escarpment above the river with views across the valley to Marrick Priory and Ellerton Abbey. On reaching the village of Downholme you can choose between a lunchtime picnic or a short stop-off at the Bolton Arms. The route then uses an MoD permissive path to access woodland and finally returns us to the River Swale before reaching Richmond. A journey with wonderful views, rocky paths, open moorland, river and woodland trails. We will also see some of the mining heritage of Swaledale and enjoy birdsong in a riverside wood.
E16: Mike Barfield and ‘A Day in the Life of a Caveman, a Queen, and Everything in Between’ and ‘A Day in the Life of a Poo, A Gnu and You’.
Catterick Library, 1 Gough Rd, Catterick Garrison DL9 3EL. 2.00pm. £3 per child; £5 for two children; accompanying adults free. Disabled access.
Suitable for 7-11 year-olds who bring their own grown-up
Ever wondered what a day in the life of a dung beetle looks like? How about a stomach? Or an Aztec skull? Author Mike Barfield brings his anarchic and quirky humour to the Festival. Based on his Blue Peter Award winning book ‘A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu and You’ and the latest in the series, ‘A Day in the Life of a Caveman, a Queen and Everything In Between’. Come prepared for a fun event covering a wide range of topics from science and animals, to Neolithic times and the dawn of the internet.
Sponsored by: Catterick, Richmond and Colburn Community Libraries (CRACCL)
T3: Richmond Town Guided Walk
Meet outside the Town Hall at 2.15 pm. Free, just turn up on the day. Donations to Richmondshire Museum most welcome.
The walk lasts for between one hour and one and a half hours and remains on level ground, as far as is possible in Richmond!
E17: Christy Lefteri and ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’ and ‘Songbirds’ in conversation with Dr Ryad Alsous and Rosemary Brown
Richmond School & Sixth Form College DL10 7BQ. 7.30pm. £15. Bar, bookstall, disabled access.
Brought up in London, Christy Lefteri is the child of Cypriot refugees. A lecturer in Creative Writing at Brunel University, her novel, ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’, became an international bestseller, selling over a million copies worldwide and published in over 40 countries. ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’ won The Aspen Literary Prize (for influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture). Runner up for The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and winner of the Prix de l'Union Interalliée for Best Foreign Novel in France, ‘Songbirds’ is her bestselling new novel.
Dr Ryad Alsous is a world-renowned expert on bees and was the inspiration for ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’. He started ‘The Buzz Project’ after leaving Syria. Launched in 2017, this combines his passion for bees with helping refugees and job seekers. ‘I love running this project because it has so many benefits, both for refugees, many who have come from high level careers and so have lots to contribute, and for the British black bees which I encourage people to keep over other non-native strains,’ ‘The Buzz Project’ offers volunteers a sense of purpose and help to integrate, through learning new skills.
Sponsored by: Richmondshire Refugee Support Group