20th - 29th
September 2024

Sunday 22 Sept 2024

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W3: Wild Boar Fell - new

Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at “The Thrang” (on B6259) (GR: NY 783 005, What3Words: ///willing.darker.ferried) at 10am. 11 Miles. Hard. £7

Our walk provides a challenging day out in the Eden Valley and Mallerstang, to climb the readily identifiable Wild Boar Fell.  Starting from 'The Thrang', we climb the Old Road, passing the attractive Eden River Millenium Sculpture, and crossing the exposed limestone pavement to the dramatic Hell Gill. Then it’s down to Hell Gill Force before heading up the other side of the valley and onto Swarth Fell. From here a long ridge leads us onto the summit of Wild Boar Fell at 2,323ft. We will admire the stone pillars, built in Victorian times, and the views of Mallerstang, before the steep descent past High Dolphinsty back to The Thrang.

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W4: Dales Barns of Upper Swaledale Discovery Walk

Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start at Keld, Rukin Farm Car Park (GR: NY 892 012, What3Words: ///attending.sonic.drag) at 10.00am. 5 Miles. Moderate. £7

Some years ago the National Park completed a project “Every Barn Tells A Story”.  In these parts a field barn was always referred to as a “Cow ‘Us”. There were many stories collected about a way of farming now long since gone. Our walk in the picturesque area of Upper Swaledale covered by this project will allow us to look at these barns in the landscape and share some of these stories, whilst enjoying a day out in a lovely part of the Dale.

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W5: The Former Chapels of Arkengarthdale - new

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start at Langthwaite Car Park (GR: NZ 005 023, What3Words: ///ticket.until.yummy) at 10.00am. 6 Miles. Easy. £7

In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Arkengarthdale was an internationally significant lead-producing area. Alongside the industry, nonconformist religion flourished, and seeking out the (now redundant) chapels of the time gives an agreeable focus to this easy walk through a remote and peaceful corner of the Dales. Expect historical snippets, wonderful views and the call of curlews and lapwings. Leaving Langthwaite – familiar to fans of the original “All Creatures Great and Small” TV series – we follow Arkle Beck to the tiny hamlet of Whaw, before turning back along the farm road across Seal Houses Moor. After a walk through the grounds of imposing Scar House, a short detour takes us via the deserted churchyard of Arkle Town back to Langthwaite.

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E5: Bookbinding Workshop

The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD | 10:00am – 1:00pm £55 including materials| Café/restaurant, disabled access.

Have you ever wondered how fine and antiquarian books were made? The art and craft of book making dates back over two thousand years, but whether that’s works from ancient China, Japanese designs, the rich tradition of Islamic bookbinding, or the leather-bound volumes of stately-home libraries, the principles are similar: papers are sewn together and secured within a protective, often decorated, casing. In this workshop led by local bookbinder, Delphine Ruston, see for yourself how books start life by making two books of your own to take away – a 3-hole pamphlet (or chap book), and a single-section, hardback notebook. With a few materials, tools and simple skills, it’s possible to make attractive books to put to whatever use you wish.

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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.

E6: Escape into Foodie Fantasy with Jemma Hall

Mocha, 2 The Riding School, Aske Hall, DL10 5HQ | 5:00pm | £14 including a hot drink and a cake\ bookstall, disabled access.

With her first novel set in a haunted chocolate shop and her second novel set in a charming bakery, Jemma Hall's magical realism books (for adults not children) have a delightful foodie focus. Mocha, a chocolatier and café, is a very appropriate location for this talk.

For a flavour of her writing, which combines supernatural stories with delicious descriptions of sweet treats and artisan breads, join Jemma for this talk featuring the scrumptious worlds of her imagination.

Jemma worked as a copywriter and administrator for several years, whilst harbouring a dream of becoming a novelist. Lunch breaks spent in her car, feverishly scribbling words in a notebook, culminated in ‘Cocomolioco’, her first novel, published in 2023. ‘Relentless Noon’, her second novel, was published in March 2024.

Jemma's hope is that readers find a sense of escapism in her books; she lives in North Yorkshire and enjoys exploring the county on the search for weird and wonderful trees.

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E7: Golden Age Detective Fiction with Tom Mead

Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL | 7:30pm | £10 | Refreshments, bookstall, disabled access.

Tom Mead, author of acclaimed mysteries ‘Death and the Conjurer’ and the ‘Murder Wheel’ will be discussing the origins of the “Golden Age Whodunit” and signing copies of his books, including the brand new ‘Cabaret Macabre’. Tom's debut novel, ‘Death and the Conjurer’, was an international bestseller, nominated for several awards, and named one of the best mysteries of the year by The Guardian and Publishers Weekly. Its sequel, ‘The Murder Wheel’, was described as “pure nostalgic pleasure” by the Wall Street Journal and “a delight” by the Daily Mail. It was also named one of the Best Traditional Mysteries of 2023 by Crimereads and nominated for Historical Crime Novel of the Year in the Capital Crime Awards.

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