16th - 25th
September 2022

Wednesday 21 Sept 2022

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W12: Swale Watershed Challenge Walk 4 - Keld, Roberts Seat & Tan Hill - new

Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at Rukin’s Farm campsite in Keld (£3, toilets available) (GR: NY 892 012) at 10.00am 11Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

We start with a visit to the beautiful Kisdon Force where there will be time to take photographs. Our route then takes the north bank of the Swale past Catrake Force and Currack Force before climbing north to the isolated Farmhouse of Ravenseat, as featured on so many TV programmes. The track is now over rough boggy moor to Robert Seat at 549m. We leave the lead mining history of Swaledale and Keld to see the remnants of coal mining as coal measures run just under our feet.  The welcome sight of England’s highest pub, the famous Tan Hill Inn provides an irresistible refreshment stop. Our return is south via the Pennine Way to Keld.

Sponsored by: The Sirius Group

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W13: Arkengarthdale – River Trust Walk and Talk - new

Leave Station car park at 9.15am. Start Langthwaite car park (charges) (GR: NZ 005 023) at 10.00am. 7 miles. Moderate. £7

This year our walk, led by a member of the team at the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, will be in Arkengarthdale. From Langthwaite we will walk downstream alongside Arkle Beck, where the Trust are involved in a partnership project to implement natural flood management interventions, and we will learn how these will assist in an area of the Dales that was badly affected by the floods of 2019. The walk will take us up Fremington Edge, walking west, down again and through the delightfully named hamlet of Booze before returning to Langthwaite. Whilst “moderate” please note there are some steep climbs and possible stepping-stones (weather permitting and with a short diversion if the river is high).

Supported by: The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust 

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W14: Rokeby Park and its Historical Setting – Walk and Visit - new

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start Greta Bridge roadside parking by the bridge (GR: NZ 086 132) at 9.45am. 6.5 miles. Easy. £15 to include the guided tour of Rokeby Park

The history of the Rokeby Estate and the families who have lived there, including the current owners the Morritt family, is fascinating – and links to a number of important places that we will visit on our walk.  Starting at Greta Bridge we will have an opportunity to learn something of the roman settlement and fort that existed there alongside the old roman road.  We will then start our walk into the Rokeby Estate and learn about the history of Mortham Tower. We will share the connections to Sir Walter Scott and JMW Turner and the romantic setting of Waters Meet, before starting our walk along a delightful wooded stretch of the River Tees as we make our way towards Eggleston Abbey – once owned by the Morritt family. Returning to Rokeby Park, the main part of the afternoon will be taken up by a guided tour of the house and the fascinating history of the families who have lived there. We will be able to walk back to Greta Bridge along the carriageway that led to the house in times gone by – emerging at the old gatehouse in time to visit the Morritt Arms and hear about further links to the history of the Estate, and a chance to see Gilroy’s famous wall mural whilst no doubt refreshing ourselves with a drink at the bar or in the delightful garden of this well-known coaching house. With the walk and visit this will be a full day – and you are sure to learn something new.  We will be joined for the whole day by one of the guides from Rokeby Park who will be able to share with us the connections between the landscape and the history of the estate.

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E10: Chris Lloyd and ‘Secret Darlington’

The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD. 11.00am – midday. £8. Café/restaurant, bookstall, disabled access.

Chris is Chief Feature Writer for The Northern Echo and The Darlington and Stockton Times and a former North East Journalist of the Year. He writes about local history and politics - has interviewed every Prime Minister since John Major and was the only journalist in the Sedgefield pub when Tony Blair dined on fish and chips with George W. Bush. He has featured twice on Michael Portillo’s ‘Great British Railway Journeys’. ‘Secret Darlington’ is his ninth book about the Darlington area.

Sponsored by: The Station

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T2: Exploring Richmond - Cancelled

Unfortunately this town walk - which appears in our brochure will not be able to go ahead.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

E11: Nicholas Crane and ‘Latitude: The Astonishing Adventure That Shaped The World’

Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond DL10 4DW. 7.30pm. £15 from www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk  Bar, bookstall, disabled access

A thrilling account of the first major expedition by data gatherers and qualified observers to Peru to discover the shape and magnitude of the Earth. Previously it was impossible to produce accurate maps and sea charts, without which thousands of lives would continue to be lost and exact locations of cities, roads and rivers would never be known. This fascinating and dramatic story weaves scientific rigour, egos, funding crises and betrayal with sea voyages, jungles and volcanoes. Author Nicholas Crane is an award-winning writer and geographer, well-known for his television work as lead presenter for BAFTA winning series Coast as well as Great British Journeys, Map Man, Britannia and Town.

Sponsored by: The Fleece Hotel

Tickets will be available from the Georgian Theatre Royal in July

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