20th - 29th
September 2024

Thursday 26 Sept 2024

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W15: Buckden Pike - new

Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start Buckden National Park Car Park (Charge £5.50/day). (GR: SD 942 772, What3Words: ///sports.unhelpful.outreach) at 10:00am.  9 miles, 1700 feet of climbing. Hard.

Buckden Pike (702m 2300ft) is the iconic mountain at the top of Wharfedale. We ascend from the south-west using the old miners’ route passing the lead mine entrance and ruined buildings. From the summit, on a clear day, we will get good views of the Yorkshire 3 peaks and other recognisable Dales mountains. We descend assisted by the new National Trust gravelled path bridging the well-known bogs, before descending to the hamlet of Cray. We walk east along the Limestone Pavement under Yockenthwaite Moor to pretty Hubberholme and back along the Wharfe to Buckden. 

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W16: Barnard Castle and Lartington

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Park at Demesnes (free car park, accessed via Gray Lane off Thorngate) (GR: NZ 050 160, What3Words: ///beeline.bring.speedily) at 10.00am. 7 Miles. Moderate. £7

We follow the Teesdale Way for the first part of our walk, passing the Castle which gives the town its name. We cross the Tees and walk along it’s south bank to Pecknell Wood. Here, we pick up a bridleway that takes us into the lovely grounds of the Grade II* listed Lartington Hall.  Reaching the village of Lartington, we follow the course of a dismantled railway that once carried coal from the Durham coalfields to the Lancashire mills. An impressive bridge abutment marks the line’s crossing of Deepdale Beck, where we descend into Deepdale Wood. We follow the beck back to its confluence with the Tees, and then back into Barnard Castle, where our walk concludes with opportunities to visit the Castle, cafes, and the Bowes Museum.

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W17: Swaledale - River Trust Discovery Walk - new

Leave Station car park at 9.15am. Start at layby just after the United Reform Chapel in Low Row (GR:SD 979 977, What3Words :///rewarded.plus.warblers) at 10.00am. 6 Miles. Moderate. £7

We are pleased to include a new Discovery Walk, led by a member of the team at the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust. This will be a walk and talk on the theme of rivers and wildlife, starting from near Isles Bridge just west of Low Row, following the River Swale to Gunnerside from where we climb up above the village to be rewarded with beautiful views of Swaledale. A ridge walk at the edge of the moorland is followed by a steady descent through fields and woodland before returning to our starting point. Please note there are some uneven paths and stiles, and a steep climb. 

Supported by: The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust   

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E16: Mary Jane Holmes –River, Castle, Dale: Walking and Writing Town and Country

The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD| 10:00am – 2:00pm | £15 | Café/restaurant, bookstall, disabled access

Join local writer Mary-Jane Holmes on this writing workshop which includes a two hour walk around the wonderful town of Richmond. As we stroll its paths, we will reflect on how our experience of environments shapes us and how by harnessing our powers of deep observation in relation to our surroundings, we can develop a more active way of seeing the world we inhabit.

This workshop will combine discussion, walking, listening to the work of writers and fun writing exercises. It is open to everyone whether you are a seasoned writer of any genre be that poetry, fiction or memoir or simply curious about the creative writing process.

Mary-Jane Holmes is a published and prize-winning poet who lives in Teesdale. Her latest book is ‘Set a crow to catch a crow’ (2023).

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H2: Gillingwood Hall

Start at parking opposite Gilling West Village Hall (GR: NZ183 051, What3Words:///canal.influencing.tries) at 10.15am. 4 Miles. Easy. Free just turn up on the day.  

A short walk which is part of the national Ramblers Wellbeing Walks programme. There should be some good autumn tints to see as we pass through lovely woods. 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 from the local Lead Mines. After a short climb, we leave the lane to skirt the horse fields past the Grade II listed Gillingwood Hall with its mysterious follies, once part of the grounds of an 18th Century Hall which burnt down in 1750. Old Hall Lane takes us back to Gilling West.

E17: Jo Willett and ‘Sarah Siddons: The First Celebrity Actress’

Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond DL10 4DW | 7:30pm | £12 from www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk | Bar, bookstall, disabled access

Sarah Siddons grew up always poor and often hungry. But before she was 30 she had become a superstar. Her London debut in 1775 aged just 20, was a disaster. But the young actress – already a mother of two - rebuilt her career, returning triumphantly to the capital seven years later. Her shows were sell-outs.

In a world of vicious satire and gossip, Sarah battled to protect her reputation. She took constant pains to portray herself as a wife and mother, but this hid some darker truths. This remarkable woman also redefined the world of theatre and became the first celebrity actress.

Jo Willett is an award-winning freelance producer of TV comedy and drama and has now begun a second career writing historical biographies.

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