W1: Carlton-in-Coverdale – Old Ways and Dark Deeds
Leave Station Car park 9.00am. Start Carlton-in-Coverdale Village Hall (GR: SE069847) at 9.45am. 9 Miles. Moderate. £7
This walk explores picturesque Coverdale. We follow lanes and a pretty riverside path to the little village of Horsehouse, now a quiet back-water but once a crossroads on major East-West and North-South stagecoach and pack-horse routes. We hear the story of the murderous landlady of one of the former inns on the old road into Nidderdale, then return along a lovely upland bridle path with fine long-distance views. There are a couple of short, sharp climbs but the walk is otherwise on gentle grades.
SPONSORED BY: IT Accessed
W2: Gunnerside and Surrender Bridge – new
Leave Station car park at 9.15am. Start Gunnerside Village Hall (GR: SD952982) at 10.00am. 8 Miles Moderate. £7
This walk is on good paths and vehicle tracks throughout. We start in the village of Gunnerside with a stiff climb up onto Melbecks Moor and over the moor to Moor House. We cross to Hard Level Gill and down to Surrender Bridge. We will see lots of evidence of the former lead mining industry, which shapes much of the landscape in this part of the Dale. We finish along part of the Swaledale Marathon route back to Gunnerside, along a path which gives superb views up Swaledale.
SPONSORED BY: IT Accessed
W3: 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
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
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T1: Richmond’s Wynds and Lanes
Meet at Castle Hill Bookshop at 2.15pm. Free but please book a place. Donations to Richmondshire Museum most welcome.
This walk explores Richmond’s Wynds and Lanes offering big views, intriguing nooks, secret places and a chance to hear of the people who lived in them. The walk is mostly on pavements but also has some steep slopes and steps.
E1: 'How to be a Cyclist: An A-Z of Life on Two Wheels' with John Deering & Phil Astley
7.30pm; Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL; tickets £7 each; refreshments available; bookstall; disabled access.
Hear John Deering & Phil Astley explain why no bicycle repair was ever made easier by turning your bike upside down; white shorts are for other people and a helmet perched on the back of your head is perfect if you ride your bike backwards.
Many pitfalls await the unwary middle-aged-man-in-Lycra, but fear not, for their Guide is here to steer them through choppy waters and is an essential manual and source of wisdom for those who would rule the road.
SPONSORS: include ARTHUR CAYGILL CYCLES, RICHMOND, more information to follow.