W3: Wensleydale Challenge – Leg 1 – Colsterdale and Great Haw - new
Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at Gollinglith Foot car park (GR: SE153810) at 9.45am. 12.5 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)
The first leg of this year’s Challenge starts in little known Colsterdale, where we park beside the ford at Gollinglith Foot. A good coal road takes us west onto the Swinton Estate and up through the grouse moors, passing numerous disused shafts and coal pits. After a brief foray up Little Haw we have a short climb to the top of Great Haw beside the York Dike. From here we follow the ridge north to West Scrafton Colliery and the strangely named Great Roova Crags. Following the old coal miners' tracks, we pass Foss Rakes from where we take the track above the becks to return to our starting point.
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W4: The Reservoirs of Teesdale - new
Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start at Hury Reservoir SE car park (GR: NY967192) at 10.00am. 9 Miles. Moderate. £7.
We cross the dam by an impressive valve tower and follow the north bank of Hury Reservoir. This links to Blackton Reservoir nature reserve where a variety of waterfowl may be observed (binoculars may help). We make a short ascent to cross the dam of Balderhead Reservoir. After a short time on the Pennine Way we join the route of Wainright’s “A Pennine Journey” up to Goldsborough; a flat topped rocky outcrop at 389m visible for miles and giving a 360 degree view of the surrounding North Pennine landscape. A short section of track across rough moorland leads to farmland and the car park.
W5: The Castles of Middleham and the River Cover - new
Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start Middleham. Park in the Square and meet at the entrance to Middleham Castle.(GR: SE127877) at 10.00am. 6 Miles. Moderate. £7
Our walk leads uphill with fine views back to the Castle. We will soon reach the site of the first Middleham Castle, a Motte and Bailey Castle built on William’s Hill around 1090, before descending to a lovely riverside walk to the picturesque village of East Witton. Returning on the south bank of the River Cover we will return to Middleham via woodland and field paths. There will be time for a visit to Middleham Castle which is maintained by English Heritage (charge for non-members with a 20% discount) if you wish.
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.
E3: AA Dhand & Kia Abdullah in conversation: ‘Author Confidential: What No One Tells You About Publishing Novels’
Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL; 7.30pm; £10; Refreshments; Bookstall; Disabled access
Seven-figure sums, champagne breakfasts and transatlantic wining and dining. Just another day in the life of an author? Not so, say successful crime writers AA Dhand and Kia Abdullah. In this candid conversation, they discuss the harsh realities of publishing – including why most authors can’t give up their day job; why most books don’t make it into Waterstones; eye-opening moments from their own careers; and why, when it comes to publishing, it’s more dry-roasted peanuts and warm white wine than champagne and caviar.