W9: Wensleydale Challenge – Leg 3 – Penhill, West Burton and Knights Templar - new
Leave Station car park at 9.00am Start at Layby on A684 before West Witton (GR: SE067885) at 9.30am 11 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)
We start with a steady climb out of the village up the flank of Penhill and up the short steep escarpment to the beacon on the eastern end of the moor. Good sandy paths through the peat take us the length of Penhill to the Height of Hazely at 1,814 feet. We can admire an expansive view of Wensleydale to the north and Coverdale reveals itself to the south. Then a gentle descent to pick up the track which connects the two Dales and follow this down to Cote Bridge. We stay high above West Burton to Morpeth Gate, and contour along the side of Wensleydale to the Preceptory of The Knights Templar and its tiny stone graves. From here it is fairly level walking back to West Witton.
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W10: Fremington Edge and Calver
Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start Reeth Village Green (GR: SE038993) at 9.45am. 10 miles. Moderate/Hard. £7
This is a classic walk in this part of the Dale giving great views of both Swaledale and Arkengarthdale – but there is plenty of height to be gained – hence the grading. From Reeth we climb up to Fremington Edge and walk along the top, before dropping down to Storthwaite Hall. After crossing the footbridge to Arkle Town, we follow the track to an old quarry below Cringley Hill then down to Fore Gill Gate. We climb again to the top of Calver Hill before descending back to the finish in Reeth.
Sponsored by: Purple Creative www.purplecs.com
W11: Hudswell and Hag Woods Nature Walk
Start at Station car park at 9.30am. 7 miles. Moderate. £7
Join the local National Trust Ranger for a walk through Hudswell and Hag Woods. We will be identifying flora and fauna as we go and stopping to discuss the management of these important woodlands and riverside pastures. Despite being on the edge of Richmond some of the woodland paths are steep with some steps. Hag Wood may also be very slippery in wet conditions. Please bring lunch and a drink. Although the walk is relatively short we do stop to discuss points of interest and we usually eat lunch above Hag Wood at one of Turner’s views of Richmond Castle. The walk usually takes around 6 hours.
Sponsored by: The National Trust www.nationaltrust.org.uk/yorkshire-dales
E7: Festival Book Club & Walk
Start at The Station Café/Bar, Richmond DL10 4LD; 10.00am; Free – pre-registration required.6 miles - moderate
This year’s Festival Book Club book is ‘The Salt Path’, Raynor Winn’s 2019 Costa Prize nominated true story of a middle-aged couple who walk the South West Coastal Path under very challenging circumstances. We hope to spark lively discussion whether you loved or hated the book.
Walk to the George and Dragon, Hudswell for lunch and discussion of the book.
E8: Laura Wood and ‘A Snowfall of Silver’
Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond DL10 4DW; 7.30pm; £10 from: www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk; Bar; Bookstall; Disabled access
As well as discussing the challenges of writing historical fiction and the research required, Laura Wood will also talk about her novel ‘Snowfall of Silver’, inspired by the Georgian Theatre Royal.
Shortlisted for The Booksellers’ YA Award, ‘A Snowfall of Silver’ is a snow-dusted love story set in Autumn 1931. Impetuous Freya Trevelyan runs away from her home in Cornwall to follow her dream of becoming an actress but can reality ever live up to her expectations?
Sponsors: Millgate House