15th - 24th
September 2023

Tuesday 19 Sept 2023

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W11: Walking the High-Level Coast to Coast Route from Keld to Reeth - new

Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Rendezvous at Reeth Village Green outside the Burgoyne Hotel (GR: SE 039 993, What3Words: ///richest.purist.newsprint) at 9.30am for private transport to Keld and our start. 11 miles. Hard. £12 (Includes the minibus transfer to Keld)

One of the iconic walks of England – or possibly the world - and yet it is not yet marked on OS Maps.  That may well change soon as the route is to become a National Trail. The high-level route from Keld to Reeth is quite a contrast to the valley route we visited for parts of last year’s Corpse Way walk. We pass through areas scarred by the remains of the lead mining industry. We walk via the lovely Kisdon Force to Crackpot Hall before gaining height up the valley of Swinner Gill (Please note there is a tricky path at this point). We can see lots of evidence of the lead mining heritage of the area as we climb onto the tops and make our way east across Melbecks Moor, descending Hard Level Gill to Surrender Bridge. Our route then takes us above the intake walls on the flank of Calver before we descend into Reeth to complete our walk.

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W12: National Trust Peat Bog Discovery Walk

Leave Station car park 9.00am.  Start at sheepfolds at junction of the Gilbert Lane Track with B6160 Bishopdale Road near Kidstones (GR: SD 943 803, What3Words: ///airbase.fluffed.vegans) at 10.00am. A discovery walk of around 5/6 Miles. Hard. £7

For the first of our Discovery Walks, that take in different aspects of landscape conservation and management, we will be repeating our visit to the upland moors and peat bogs of Upper Wharfedale. Please note that this day will focus on this aspect and will be of particular interest to those people interested in the life of the peat bog. Have you ever wondered what is under your feet, why peat bogs are important and increasingly in the news, and what makes a good or a bad bog? Join the Yorkshire Dales National Trust Ecologist and Rangers for a walk across Cray Moss and beyond. We’ll identify bog flora and indicators of bog health, and you’ll see first-hand why these environments are critical in the fight against climate change and lowland flooding. Please note this walk will largely be off-track, across open access bog and upland pasture. There may be hidden holes, tussocks, and the usual off-path hazards.

Supported by: The National Trust   

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W13: Wensleydale Villages and Waterfalls

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start at National Park Centre at Aysgarth Falls (charge applies) (GR: SE 012 888, What3Words: ///pillow.launched.midwinter) at 10.00am. 11 Miles. Moderate. £7

Our walk takes us to Aysgarth Upper Falls, an iconic viewpoint, and Aysgarth Church in its lovely setting, before heading east along the southern bank of the River Ure. After passing Aysgarth Middle and Lower Falls we follow pleasant field tracks to reach Redmire Falls. Leaving the river we climb, initially gently and then steeply, to reach the ruins of the Knights Templar Chapel, then head for the falls and village of West Burton. Field paths, involving some “ups and downs”, take us back to our starting point.


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E10: Walking in the Footsteps of May Sinclair

Swaledale Museum, Reeth, DL11 6TX | 1:00 pm for talk and visit of Museum followed by a walk of 0.5 miles around Reeth | followed by afternoon tea at the Burgoyne Hotel at 3:00pm | £20, includes Museum visit and tea| afternoon tea | bookstall | disabled access

May Sinclair (1863-1946) is considered by some as the ‘leading woman novelist between the death of George Eliot and the rise of Virginia Woolf’. However, few are aware of the importance of Swaledale to her life and work. Her heroines Mary Olivier and Gwendolen are intimately aware of the local landscape which reflects their psychological state and drives the novels.

This curator-led stroll takes you around Reeth to discover pivotal places featured in two of May’s novels, with readings and local context.

Sponsored by: The Burgoyne Hotel, Reeth

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E11: Storm in a Teacup Theatre Company and 'Fly Me! Mrs Sage and The Mile High Club'

Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond DL10 4DW | 7:30pm | £15 from www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk  | Bar, bookstall, disabled access

Where better to enjoy the sensational true story of 18th-century actress Letitia Sage than the Georgian Theatre Royal? Magnificent Mrs Sage brought va-va-voom to the balloon when she set out to be the first Englishwoman to fly in 1785.

With more hilarious twists than a hit farce, a Georgian playwright could not have given the real-life Mrs Sage balloon show a better plot. Did the daredevil diva really start the Mile High Club?

Join Sharon Wright, author of The Lost History of The Lady Aeronauts and actress Abigail Halley as Mrs Sage to find out!

Suitable for age 16+

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