16th - 25th
September 2022

Sunday 18 Sept 2022

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W3: Swale Watershed Challenge Walk 1 - Great Shunner Fell & Great Sleddale - new

Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at lay-by above Thwaite (GR: SD 892 981) at 10.00am. 10 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

We start with the highest Fell of this year’s set, Great Shunner Fell, which at 716m is the third highest peak in the Yorkshire Dales. We leave Thwaite village following the Swale tributary ‘Skeb Skeugh’ and pass through the little hamlet of Angram before heading over Angram Moor and joining the Swale at High Bridge. After a short way we branch off along Great Sleddale Beck and follow the old miners’ track through several shallow fords to the elaborate Sleddale House Sheep Folds. Next it is Bleaberry Beck which takes us up the flanks of Great Shunner Fell. This section is steep and has no path but we will skirt the boggy section crossing the heather covered and grass tussocky Black Hill. We soon reach the summit of Great Shunner Fell with its small shelter and great 360 degree views. The route down follows the Pennine Way and is mainly paved across the worst of the boggy sections. The lower half is on a good track which is steep in places.  There is a short road section back to Thwaite village.

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W4: Middleton, Harter Fell and the River Tees - new

Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start Middleton in Teesdale. Car park on Newbiggin Road on the right over the bridge adjacent to the Working Mens Club (GR: NY 946 257) at 10.00am. 10 Miles. Moderate. £7

From Middleton we head south past the cattle mart to join the Pennine Way. A gentle ascent takes us past Kirkcarrion (an ancient chieftain’s burial place) before we cross an open high moor with views down to Grassholme and Selset reservoirs. Leaving the moor we head north towards Holwick Scar - the impressive outcrop of the Whin Sill, before descending to the River Tees at Wynch Bridge and Low Force. We follow the Pennine Way again as it follows the river downstream back to Middleton.

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W5: Buckden and Langstrothdale - new

Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start at Buckden National Park Car Park (£5 charge applies)  (GR: SD 942 773) at 10.00am. 7.5 Miles. Easy/Moderate. £7.

This lovely walk is at the easy end of our moderate grading and is on good paths and tracks throughout. We start with a short climb on a good track through woodland before emerging onto Buckden Rake – with fine views on all sides. Descending gently we reach the waterfalls above Cray and then take a lovely panorama walk on the flank of Yockenthwaite Moor as we walk west with splendid views of Langstrothdale. Reaching Yockenthwaite you will be forgiven for thinking the farm here looks familiar – it is Helen’s home in the current series of “All Creatures Great and Small”. Dropping down to the River Wharfe we follow the route of the Dales Way as it makes its way down the valley past Hubberholme, with its lovely Norman church which is the resting place of J B Priestley’s ashes, and back to our start at Buckden.

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T1: Richmond’s Wynds and Lanes

Meet outside the Town Hall at 2.15pm. Free but 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.

E4: Clare Jackson and ‘Devil-Land’

Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL.7.30pm. £10. Refreshments, bookstall, disabled access.

Among foreign observers, seventeenth-century England was nicknamed ‘Devil-Land’: a diabolical country of fallen angels, sedition, extremism and royal collapse. Clare Jackson’s dazzling account of English history’s most turbulent and radical era tells the story of a nation in a state of near continual crisis. ‘Devil-Land’ reveals England as, in many ways, a ‘failed state’: unstable and rocked by devastating events from the Gunpowder Plot to the Great Fire of London. Named as a ‘Book of the Year 2021’ by the New Statesman, Times Literary Supplement, The Daily Telegraph and The Times, ‘Devil-Land’ provides a spectacular reinterpretation of England’s past and is now short-listed for the 2022 Wolfson History Prize.

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