W22: The Mosaic Trail. Nidderdale - new
Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start car parking area on moor edge just off the road from Kirkby Malzeard to Dallowgill (Shown as an Information Point on the 1:25k OS Map) (GR: SE 179726) at 10.00am. 7 miles. Moderate. £7
Our walk is situated in the area around Dallowgill, west of Kirkby Malzeard. In the late 1990s, as part of the celebration of the designation of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a group of local people, led by an expert, and calling themselves the Crackpots created a series of 22 mosaics to provide points of interest round a walk that passes through a number of different landscapes and pretty hamlets. A lovely countryside walk is enhanced by these mosaics which reflect the flora, fauna and history of the area. Although a shortish walk please note there are a number of ups and downs on the route, and some of the tracks can be muddy in wet weather.
W23: A Linear Walk from Castle Bolton to Richmond Castle - new
Leave Station car park 9.15am. We will transfer to Castle Bolton by private bus for a 10am start. The charge for the bus is included in the ticket price. 15 miles. Moderate. £10
This is one of our Festival walks marking the 950th anniversary of Richmond Castle. It links two noble castles situated in neighbouring dales. A bus will take us to the imposing Bolton Castle where we head up onto open moorland that once rang with the sounds of lead mining but today the cry of lapwings, curlew and grouse greet us. As we descend into Swaledale we enjoy splendid views of Reeth nestling under Calver Hill. From Grinton (toilet break) we take the Coast-to-Coast route back to Richmond following the River Swale as it flows through meadows and woods, past a priory and smelt mill to our destination of Richmond Castle.
Please note, as this walk is 15 miles in length, we will be walking at a reasonably fast pace and expect to return to Richmond around 6pm. Please bring sufficient refreshments for the day.
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E15: Hannah Russell and ‘Little Alf’
Richmond Library DL10 4AE; 10.30 – 11.30am; For accompanied children of 5 years upwards; £3 per child, £5 for two children, accompanying adult free of charge; Book at Richmond Library – details to follow; Disabled access
Hannah Russell is a best-selling author based in the Yorkshire Dales, most known for her books based on Little Alf, the miniature Shetland Pony, who stands at just 28 inches high due to him having dwarfism.
Hannah is a well-known businesswoman, with multiple businesses in Yorkshire, and is also a qualified interior designer. Her first book was published when she was 17 years old, and she now has a series of books published about Little Alf.
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!
E16: Claudia Hammond and ‘The Art of Rest’
Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL; 7.30pm; £15; Refreshments; Bookstall; Disabled access
Claudia Hammond is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and Visiting Professor in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Sussex.
As the presenter of ‘All in the Mind’ on Radio 4 and the World Service's ‘Health Check’, Claudia has become the BBC’s voice of psychology and mental health.
Her latest book, ‘The Art of Rest’, uses the results of a global study to examine why various forms of ‘rest’ are critical to maintaining stable mental and physical health.
Claudia will be in conversation with Pam Royle who recently retired as a broadcaster with ITV Tyne Tees.
Sponsors: Millgate House www.millgatehouse.com