18th - 26th
September 2021

Wednesday 22 Sept 2021

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W12: Wensleydale Challenge – Leg 4 – Naughtberry Hill and Buckden Pike - new

Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at Newbiggin in Bishopdale at the Lay-by at Cross Lanes (GR: SD999857) at 9.45am 15 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

North Yorkshire has many ‘Newbiggins’. This one in Bishopdale is a typical ribbon village.   We head off up Wasset Fell and onto Naughtberry Hill at 1,879 feet.  We continue up the moor to the grand Buckden Pike at 2,303 feet, overlooking Wharfedale to the south.  We then make our way through the lead mine remains to Bishopdale Head. After a short road section we cross the beck and descend the ‘U’ shaped Bishopdale through the fields and the outskirts of Thoralby before returning to Cross Lanes.

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W13: Gunnerside and Surrender Bridge

Leave Station car park at 9.15am. Start Gunnerside Village Hall (GR: SD952982) at 10.00am. 8 Miles Moderate. £7

We start in the village of Gunnerside with a stiff climb up onto Melbecks Moor. We will see lots of evidence of the different industries and land uses that have helped shape the Swaledale we know today. We pass through sheep farms before we emerge onto the wide vistas of the grouse shooting moor, and will learn about how the moor is managed for this purpose.  We will see lots of evidence of the former lead mining industry, including many interesting ruins of buildings connected with that period of activity, as we descend to Surrender Bridge. We finish along part of the Swaledale Marathon route back to Gunnerside, along a path which gives superb views up Swaledale. This walk is on good paths and vehicle tracks throughout.

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W14: Coverdale’s “Dairy Days” - new

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start at Carlton in Coverdale Village Hall (GR: SE069847) at 10.00am. 8 Miles. Moderate. £7

Based on a recent Yorkshire Dales National Park community history project this 8 mile walk explores some of Coverdale’s dairying heritage from ancient times to the present day as well as sampling the delights of the Coverdale countryside, its pretty villages and monastic past. Starting from Carlton, the principal village, the route takes us up onto the moor below Penhill before making a circuit of both sides of the valley. Whilst often a gentle ramble the route does involve a couple of steeper sections when we access vantage points from which there are ‘potentially’ exceptional views.

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H2: Carlton & Stanwick - new

Start at Eppleby Village Shop (GR: NZ178132).at 10.15 am. 3.5 Miles. Easy. Free just turn up on the day.  Ample parking around the Village Green. 

This short walk, with plenty of historic interest, takes us through the fields and lanes alongside Forcett Beck before joining Mary Wild Beck where we enter the Iron Age Fort and Earthworks at Stanwick. We pass through the ancient Kirkbridge churchyard and briefly explore the English Heritage site (Free).  We head back across the fields for a welcome cuppa at the Village Store Café.  Please Note: This walk can be a bit boggy in a couple of places after heavy rain so please wear appropriate footwear.

E9: Graham Berry and ‘A Short History of Richmond Racecourse and its Grandstand’

The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD; 11.00am to midday; £5; Café/restaurant; Bookstall; Disabled access

Graham Berry spoke at The Walking and Book Festival in 2018 on his then newly-published popular history book, ‘Aftermath 1918 -1924: Years That Shaped The Twentieth Century’.

He returns this year with a talk on a recently-published collaboration with The Richmond Burgage Pastures Committee and racing historian, Professor Mike Huggins, ’A Short History of Richmond Racecourse and its Grandstand.

Graham’s talk will give a fascinating and entertaining insight into one of Richmond’s lesser-known, but important, historical sites.

In partnership with Richmond 950 www.richmond950.co.uk and sponsored by: The Station www.thestation.co.uk

Graham will be leading walk W18 “Richmond’s Racing Heritage” on the Thursday of Festival week which will visit important sites in the history of racing in the town. Please book separately for this walk

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T2: Exploring Richmond

Meet outside the Town Hall at 12.00 noon. Free but donations to the Richmond Mayor’s Charity most welcome.

Your costumed guide, a Richmond policeman of 1842, takes you for a walk back in time lasting just over one hour.


E10: Sally Magnusson, ‘The Sealwoman’s Gift’ and ‘The Ninth Child’

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

Sally Magnusson, author and BBC presenter, is the eldest daughter of the Icelandic journalist and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson and the Scottish newspaper journalist Mamie Baird.

Author of the best-selling ‘The Sealwoman’s Gift’ and ‘The Ninth Child’, her writing has been strongly influenced by growing up in and around Glasgow in houses that were always filled with stories including those hilariously told by her mother about her early life in working class Rutherglen as well as those told by Magnus straight from the medieval Icelandic sagas which he spent much of her childhood translating from Old Norse into English.

Listen to Sally ‘in conversation’ to find out more…


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