Sunday 29 Sept 2019

W4: High Fells Challenge 2 – Leg 1 – Wild Boar Fell – new

Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at “The Thrang” (on B6259) (GR: NY783005) at 10am. 11 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked). Please access the start from the north via the A66 and Kirkby Stephen to avoid any traffic issues linked to the Cycling Event.

We start our Challenge in the north of the area 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, crossing the exposed limestone pavement to the well-hidden Hell Gill. Then it’s down to Hell Gill Force and across the road 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 2,323ft. We will admire the stone pillars built by The Victorians and the views of Mallerstang, before the steep descent past High Dolphinsty back to The Thrang.

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W5: God’s Bridge, Bowes Castle and the Pennine Way - new

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start at Bowes car park (GR: NY996136) at 10.00am. 10 Miles. Moderate. £7.

We pass Bowes Castle and East Mellwaters before walking to the natural feature of God’s Bridge. Onto open moorland, we follow the Pennine Way to Race Yate. We return by an alternative Pennine Way route, past a heather thatched farmhouse and back into Bowes, passing the building that inspired Charles Dicken’s Dotheboys Hall on our return.

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W6: High Force and Low Force - new

Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start Bowlees Car Park (GR: NY905281) at 10.00am. 7 Miles (with optional extension). Easy/Moderate. £7

Our walk takes us west over Howick Moor with great views of the North Pennine Fells, dotted with white farm buildings, and the impressive outcrop of the Whin Sill. We drop down to the River Tees and follow the Pennine Way along the riverbank, passing the dramatic High Force waterfall before arriving at the gentle Low Force waterfalls.  After making our way back to Bowlees we should have plenty of time to stop off at the Visitor Centre to look at the displays and have a drink and a cake, or alternatively you may wish to wander up into the nature reserve and see picturesque waterfalls and Gibson’s Cave. There will be plenty of photo opportunities, so remember to bring the camera! Whilst generally easy please note there will be one reasonable incline, and a number of streams to ford on this walk.


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T2: Ghost Walk

Meet at Friary Gardens at 2.00pm (opposite Georgian Theatre). Adults £4 Children £3 

Dressed in period costume, Yorkshire story-teller Rhoda Fraser reveals stories and legends of Richmond passed down through the generations, plus some ‘scary stories’ from more recent times.


E2: 'On Call with a Yorkshire Vet' with TV Vet, Julian Norton

7.30pm; Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL, £7, Fairtrade Bar; bookstall; disabled access.

Taken from his popular column in The Yorkshire Post, TV's vet, Julian Norton's new beautifully illustrated book 'On Call with a Yorkshire Vet' is the follow-up to his successful 'Diary of a Yorkshire Vet' and features more anecdotes from his veterinary work in North Yorkshire.


Hear Julian talk about his work that has included treating sheep, ponies, horses and a meerkat with a broken tail.


His other books include 'Horses, Heifers and Hairy Pigs – A Diary of a Yorkshire Vet' and 'A Yorkshire Vet Through The Seasons' all reflecting a vet's work in this beautiful county.


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