W15: Wensleydale Challenge – Leg 5 – Addlebrough and Stake Allotments - new
Leave Station car park at 9.00am Start at pull-in (4-5 cars) about 1Km before Cubeck (GR: SD963894) at 9.45am 12 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)
Addlebrough is the distinctive small hill on the left-hand side of Wensleydale. We use the National Trust Permissive Path to get to the summit at 1,451 feet. The path takes us on to Carpley Green Farm where we pick up Busk Lane and cross the attractive heathland where curlew and oystercatchers can usually be seen. High Lane then takes us down through the limestone landscape to the hamlet of Stalling Busk in Raydale, with its views over Semerwater, to The Cam High Road. We follow the route of Wainwrights’s ‘Pennine Journey’ north to Bainbridge with a fine view of the remains of the Roman Fort. From here we contour back along the escarpment via Cubeck to our starting point.
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W16: Keld and Birkdale Tarn – “Seasons on the Hill Farm” – new
Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start at Rukins Farm Car Park, Keld (GR: NY893012) at 10.00am. 7 Miles. Moderate. £7
This walk in Upper Swaledale visits the area covered in Ian Short’s latest book “Seasons on the Hill Farm” in which, using words and photographs, he describes the farming year of Swaledale Sheep breeders, the Calvert Family. Their farm is situated in Birkdale, the most northerly dale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. From Keld we will follow the River Swale past waterfalls to the confluence of two becks which marks the source of the Swale. We then take a short detour across moorland heather to visit magical Birkdale Tarn. As a photographer and geographer Ian will bring a wealth of knowledge to impart along the way. Please note that Ian will be speaking about his book in Event E4 of our Festival book programme on Monday 21st.
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W17: A Masham Circular – new
Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start at Riverside Long Stay Car Park (Honesty Box) in Masham (GR: SE225810) at 10.00am. 11.5 Miles. Moderate. £7
Our walk takes us north alongside the River Ure up to Low Ellington, then along a mixture of tracks, lanes and quiet roads through the villages of Ellingstring and Healey. We continue to walk on field paths before joining a stretch of the Ripon Rowel Walk which takes us back to the pretty Market Town of Masham.
W18: Richmond’s Racing Heritage – new
Leave Station car park at 9.30am. Start at Whashton Road carpark adjacent to the Racecourse site (GR: NZ171020) at 9.45am. 8 Miles. Moderate. £7
Richmond has a long and illustrious horse racing history dating from the 16th Century until the closure of the Low Moor Racecourse in 1891. The route goes across the racecourse site and then climbs up the beautiful and surprisingly isolated valley of Coalsgarth with its old limestone kilns and abandoned farmhouses. We walk up hill to The High Moor, the first of the possible original sites of horse racing in Richmond before the move to The Low Moor. The route will then return to the other ‘High Moor’ which has traditionally been held to be the site of Richmond’s annual races before 1765. We visit Willance’s Leap and two famous racing stables before returning to the Low Moor to complete the final furlong! Leader Graham Berry will describe the rich history of the various racing landmarks on the route.
He will be giving a Festival talk (E9) on Wednesday 22nd September based on his book which has recently been published by the Burgage Pastures Committee as ‘A Short History of Richmond Racecourse and its Grandstand’.
H3: Gillingwood Hall - new
Start opposite Gilling West Village Hall (GR: NZ183051) at 10.15am. 3.8 Miles. Easy. Free just turn up on the day.
In spring this is a favourite bluebell walk. By the end of September we should get some autumn tints in this lovely woodland. We cross the fields to the hamlet of Hartforth with its interesting modern turreted house. We pick up Jagger Lane, once used to carry lead on horseback, up through the bluebell woods. We leave the lane to skirt the horse fields round to the Grade 2 listed Gillingwood Hall with its mysterious follies, once part of the 18th century Hall which burnt down in 1750. Old Hall Lane takes us back to Gilling West.
E11: Judith Bromley and ‘The Birth of a Book’
The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD; 11.00am - midday; £5; Café/restaurant; Bookstall; Disabled access
Judith Bromley lives in Wensleydale and has spent much of her time out in the dales landscape in all weathers - walking, painting and writing.
She will tell the story of how the book ‘Climb up to the Moor’ evolved and then became a touring exhibition highlighting the importance of our moorlands especially for carbon capture and storage.
‘The more time I spent up on the moorland with the calls of curlew and lapwing, the more I rediscovered my true relationship with the earth.’
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E12: Dr Remi Adekoya and ‘Biracial Britain’
Richmond Library DL10 4AE; 7.30pm; £10; Bookstall
Dr Remi Adekoya is an Associate Lecturer of Politics at the University of York. In his book ‘Biracial Britain’, he examines through a series of thought-provoking interviews, what it truly means to be of mixed-race in Britain today…the fastest growing minority group in the country.
Remi Adekoya is the son of a Nigerian father and a Polish mother. Before joining academia, he was a political journalist who has written for the Guardian, the Washington Post, Politico, Spectator and The Times. He will be in conversation with Gerry Foley, journalist and broadcaster with ITV Tyne Tees.
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