20th - 29th
September 2024

Tuesday 24 Sept 2024

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W9: Walking the High-Level Coast to Coast Route from Keld to Reeth

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)

Our attempt to complete this stretch of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route in 2023 was thwarted by the weather, so we hope for perfect conditions this year.  Our linear walk will take the high-level route from Keld to Reeth.  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. 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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W10: Pateley Bridge and Brimham Rocks - new

Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start at Pateley Bridge Showground carpark over the bridge. (GR: SE 157 655, What3Words: ///encrusted.juggle.undercuts) at 10.00am. 10 Miles. Moderate. £7

The Nidderdale Way is unusual in that it is a circular route that follows each side of the valley of the Nidd.  We will follow parts of the Way for much of this walk. We quickly gain height on the western side of the valley for great views of the surrounding area, passing Yorke’s Folly before descending back into the valley for the second climb of the day up the impressive spectacle of Brimham Rocks.  We will have time to look around this natural spectacle of wind and water sculpted limestone before returning to the Way and a lovely panorama walk back to Pateley Bridge. There are plenty of ups and downs on this walk so this is at the top end of our moderate grading.

W11: Upper Wharfedale - National Trust Discovery Walk - new

Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start at verge side parking just beyond Low Raisgill B&B BD23 5JQ (GR: SD 90560 78691), What3Words: ///custodian.gateway.parading) at 10.00am. A discovery walk of around 6.5 Miles. Hard. £7

Our circular Discovery Walk in Upper Wharfedale and Langstrothdale Chase will be led by members of the Yorkshire Dales National Trust Ranger and Ecology teams. It will take in several of the Trust’s upland tree planting areas and will showcase their ongoing conservation work. The walk will also provide an opportunity to discuss other issues relating to conservation in the uplands. The route is largely on existing paths but does in places deviate across country to look at points of interest. There are some steep climbs but as always the focus is on conservation interest, and not walking the route as quickly as possible.

E10: Kenneth Wilson and ‘Highway Cello’

Afternoon tea at the Burgoyne, The Green, Reeth DL11 6SN at 2:00pm | followed by talk at Reeth Memorial Hall, Arkengarthdale Road DL11 6QT at 3:30 pm | £20 inclusive of afternoon tea | bookstall | disabled access.

The capacity for afternoon tea will be limited and it will be possible to buy tickets for the talk only

Kenneth Wilson straps his cello to the back of a fifty-year-old Dawes Galaxy bike, and cycles from Hadrian's Wall to Rome, performing every day en route. ‘Highway Cello’ is about the 1800 mile journey, and the music and the mishaps along the way.

Kenneth Wilson is an ex-vicar, failed property developer, and reformed vegetarian, who once ran an India travel company. He lives in a treehouse in Cumbria.

As well as ‘Highway Cello’, he is the author of ‘The Definitions of Kitchen Verbs’, and ‘Orange Dust: Journeys after the Buddha’, which the Dalai Lama described as “inspirational”.

Kenneth’s event includes live cello performance. Come and enjoy the ride!

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E11: Nicholas Royle and ‘Shadow Lines: Searching for the Book Beyond the Shelf’

Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL | 7:30pm | £10 | Refreshments, bookstall, disabled access.

In 'White Spines: Confessions of a Book Collector' (Salt), Nicholas Royle wrote about collecting all the Picador paperbacks published between 1972 and 2000. In follow-up 'Shadow Lines: Searching for the Book Beyond the Shelf ' (Salt), Royle – described by the Telegraph as ‘fast becoming the bibliophile’s bibliophile’ – turns his attention to what he calls ‘inclusions’, improvised bookmarks left in second-hand books. Royle, also a novelist, short story writer, publisher and creative writing tutor, will be in conversation with writer, critic and Royle’s former student Matthew Adamson, whose enthusiasm for his ex-tutor’s Picador-collecting memoir was such that he undertook his own 'White Spines' Tour, setting out to visit all of the 100 second-hand bookshops covered in that book, but who retains enough critical distance to ask Royle difficult questions about his habit of walking and reading, his practice of returning books to former homes, and his fascination with Thomas the Tank Engine.

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