W9: Swale Watershed Challenge Walk 3 - Nine Standards Rigg & White Mossy Hill - new
Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at Birkdale – off road parking (GR: NY 859 015) at 10.15am 12 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)
Meeting once again at Birkdale we will explore the seasonal alternative sections of the Coast to Coast path. Nine Standards Rigg at 662m is an easily recognisable Fell from the Eden Valley where it’s 9 stone pillars stand proud. It is less so from Birkdale where we start today’s Challenge Walk. A short track from the old quarry leads us up to the well-hidden Birkdale Tarn. We skirt the many boggy streams which drain into Whitsundale to the North East, and briefly join the Walk 2 path before heading up the millstone grit Coldbergh Edge and the featureless White Mossy Hill. A paved path takes us to summit of Nine Standards Rigg and on to explore the mysterious stone pillars. We briefly retrace our steps but soon turn left down the alternative Coast to Coast path across a boggy moor to Backstone Beck, which leads us on down the pretty Whitsundale. Crossing the Beck we join the track passing The Owens’ Ravenseat Farm gates. A short lane section to Black Howe, then good path down to High Bridge and back along the Swale Banks before a short very steep track takes us back to the cars.
Sponsored by: The Sirius Group
W10: The Mosaic Trail. Nidderdale
Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start car parking area on moor edge just off the road from Kirkby Malzeard to Dallowgill (Shown as an Information Point on the 1:25k OS Map) (GR: SE 179 726) at 10.00am. 7 miles. Moderate. £7
This walk was enjoyed by all who did it last year so we are repeating this as a mid-week option in 2022. The walk is situated in the area around Dallowgill, west of Kirkby Malzeard. In the late 1990s, as part of the celebration of the designation of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB), a group of local people, led by an expert, and calling themselves the Crackpots created a series of 22 mosaics to provide points of interest round a walk that passes through a number of different landscapes and pretty hamlets. A lovely countryside walk is enhanced by these mosaics which reflect the flora, fauna and history of the area. Although a shortish walk please note there are a number of ups and downs on the route, and some of the tracks can be muddy in wet weather.
W11: National Trust Peat Bog Extravaganza - new
Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start at sheepfolds at junction of the Gilbert Lane Track with the B6160 Bishopdale Road near Kidstones (GR: SD 943 803) at 10.00am. 6 Miles. Hard. £7
Hill walkers spend hours of their life walking across upland peat bogs. But have you ever wondered what is under your feet, why they are important and increasingly in the news, and what makes a good bog or a bad bog? Join the Yorkshire Dales National Trust Ecologist and Rangers for a walk in Upper Wharfedale across Cray Moss and beyond with a focus on upland peat bogs. We’ll help you 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. If you want to develop your appreciation for those wet areas that suck at your boots then this is the walk for you! Please note that the grading of this walk reflects the fact it will largely be off-track, across open access bog and upland pasture so plenty of scope for hidden holes, tussocks, the usual off-path hazards.
Supported by: The National Trust
E7: Joanne Major and ‘A History of the Dukes of Bolton’
Bolton Castle DL8 4ET. 11.00 am. £25, inclusive of visit to Castle and lunch. Bookstall. Bus transport to and from this event will be available from The Station, Richmond leaving at 10am and from Leyburn Market Place Bus Stop at 10.20am. Return transport leaves Castle at 2.30pm. Please indicate when booking if you intend to use this service. (Bus part funded by Richmondshire District Council, donations welcome on the day.)
Joanne Major writes historical non-fiction for Yorkshire-based publisher, Pen & Sword Books. Her latest publication recounts the history of the Bolton Dukedom, their ancestors, descendants and the part Bolton Castle played in this fascinating story. Successive Dukes were central to political intrigue, wars, and rebellion. They formed one of the country’s foremost dynasties and fell in and out of favour with the monarchy. However, it was the women – actresses and aristocrats alike – who shaped the family.
The book talk will start at 11am and will be followed by a book signing with the author and a light lunch in the Great Hall of the Castle. Participants are then invited to take a tour of the Castle and gardens independently (normal entrance fee £12.50). Please arrive in plenty of time for the 11am start. Please note there are some steep steps in the Castle.
Sponsored by: Bolton Castle
E8: Toby Wilkinson and ‘Tutankhamun’s Trumpet: The Story of Ancient Egypt in 100 Objects’
The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD. 7.30 pm. £12. Café/restaurant, bookstall, disabled access.
Published on the 100th anniversary of the moment that Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon broke open Tutankhamun’s tomb, Toby Wilkinson presents a riveting account of the treasures they found, in his new book ‘Tutankhamun’s Trumpet’. He takes the objects buried with the king as the source material and inspiration for a fascinating portrait of ancient Egypt – its geography, history, culture and legacy. Artefacts from the tomb are allowed to speak again – not only for themselves, but as witnesses of the civilization that created them in this illustrated talk.
Sponsored by: The Station
E9: Poetry Evening with Gill Lambert, Simma Singer and Steve Urwin
Richmondshire Cricket Club DL10 4AR. 7.30pm. £7. Bar, disabled access
There will be an opportunity for people to participate in an ‘open mic’. Poetry or prose can be shared (max three poems or one short piece of prose: 5 mins per-person). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org in order to reserve a place. Priority will be given to those who email in advance.
Gill Lambert has been published online and in print and her collection ‘Tadaima’ was published by Yaffle in 2019. She runs online poetry workshops as well as working with people in the community from various backgrounds. Her latest collection is called 'A Small Goodbye at Dawn'.
Simma Singer is an acoustic artist and singer-songwriter dubbed ‘Newcastle’s Acoustic Hero’ by Metro. He is also a performance poet. His collection of comic poetry called ‘Last Night I Married the Audience’ was released to great critical acclaim from many media sources including BBC Radio 4.
Steve Urwin is from Consett, County Durham. He works as a freelance creative writing facilitator. His books include ‘Tightrope Walker’, ‘Hypomaniac’ and ‘So Much for the Sunshine’. His latest collection ‘Laughter to Split Glass’ is available from Red Squirrel Press.