18th - 26th
September 2021

Whole Programme

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W1: Grinton, Apedale and Harkerside Moor - new

Saturday 18 Sept 2021

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start at parking area at the junction of the Leyburn and Redmire roads near to Grinton YHA (GR: SE047978) at 9.45am. 10 Miles. Moderate. £7

Our walk climbs steadily uphill as we make our way to the top of Greets Hill. Throughout the walk we will see remains of the lead mining industry that was so important in this part of the dale, and a fine example of an area supporting the more modern land use for sheep rearing and grouse shooting. From Greet’s Hill we make our way down to Dent’s Houses in Apedale where we turn west along the old Apedale Road to the head of the Dale. From here we swing round for a return across Harkerside Moor. Most of the walk is on shooting tracks giving easy to moderate walking with great moorland views throughout.

Sponsored by: Altberg www.altberg.co.uk

W2: Visit to Altberg Factory and walk to Willance’s Leap

Saturday 18 Sept 2021

Meet at Altberg Factory shop on Gallowfields Trading Estate DL10 4TG at 10.00am. 6.5 Miles. Moderate. £7  

Our traditional start of Festival event is back by popular demand. Altberg is the last remaining boot manufacturer in England, and we will start the day at the factory to see how the boots are designed and made - for walking, the army and biking. There’s time for a cup of tea and a look round the excellent factory shop before a walk along Whitcliffe Scar with great views over lower Swaledale to hear about the famous but gruesome legend of Willance’s Leap.

Sponsored by: Altberg www.altberg.co.uk

E1: ‘Castle Fun at Richmond Library’ with Karen Langtree & Gill McLean

Saturday 18 Sept 2021

Richmond Library DL10 4AE; 10.30am – 11.30am; Free of charge; Book at Richmond Library – details to be confirmed; Disabled access

Meet Yorkshire authors, Karen Langtree and Gill McLean, and see how they created ‘The Knights of the Wobbly Table’.

Suitable for 7-11 year-olds who bring their own grown-up.

In partnership with Richmond 950   www.richmond950.co.uk

Sponsored by: CRACCL & NYCC

E2: ‘Researching for Horrible Histories’ with Henri Ward

Saturday 18 Sept 2021

Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond DL10 4DW; 7.30pm ; £10 from www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk; Bar; Bookstall; Disabled access

Henri has worked in television and publishing for the better part of a decade, working as a researcher and producer on the popular TV adaptation of the bestselling book series Horrible Histories, as well as helping prominent historians research their own books.

In conversation with Philip Wicks, Henri will reveal some of his favourite parts of the research process, the fine line he treads between telling a good story and making sure everything is 100% accurate, dispelling historical myths, and some of the pitfalls that come with the territory.

In partnership with Richmond 950   www.richmond950.co.uk

Sponsored by: Goosewing Gallery, Richmond Indoor Market.   www.goosewinggallery.co.uk

W3: Wensleydale Challenge – Leg 1 – Colsterdale and Great Haw - new

Sunday 19 Sept 2021

Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at Gollinglith Foot car park (GR: SE153810) at 9.45am. 12.5 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

The first leg of this year’s Challenge starts in little known Colsterdale, where we park beside the ford at Gollinglith Foot. A good coal road takes us west onto the Swinton Estate and up through the grouse moors, passing numerous disused shafts and coal pits. After a brief foray up Little Haw we have a short climb to the top of Great Haw beside the York Dike. From here we follow the ridge north to West Scrafton Colliery and the strangely named Great Roova Crags. Following the old coal miners' tracks, we pass Foss Rakes from where we take the track above the becks to return to our starting point.

Sponsored by: The Sirius Group   www.thesiriusgroup.com    

W4: The Reservoirs of Teesdale - new

Sunday 19 Sept 2021

Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start at Hury Reservoir SE car park (GR: NY967192) at 10.00am. 9 Miles. Moderate. £7.

We cross the dam by an impressive valve tower and follow the north bank of Hury Reservoir. This links to Blackton Reservoir nature reserve where a variety of waterfowl may be observed (binoculars may help). We make a short ascent to cross the dam of Balderhead Reservoir. After a short time on the Pennine Way we join the route of Wainright’s “A Pennine Journey” up to Goldsborough; a flat topped rocky outcrop at 389m visible for miles and giving a 360 degree view of the surrounding North Pennine landscape. A short section of track across rough moorland leads to farmland and the car park. 

W5: The Castles of Middleham and the River Cover - new

Sunday 19 Sept 2021

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start Middleham. Park in the Square and meet at the entrance to Middleham Castle.(GR: SE127877) at 10.00am. 6 Miles. Moderate. £7

Our walk leads uphill with fine views back to the Castle. We will soon reach the site of the first Middleham Castle, a Motte and Bailey Castle built on William’s Hill around 1090, before descending to a lovely riverside walk to the picturesque village of East Witton. Returning on the south bank of the River Cover we will return to Middleham via woodland and field paths. There will be time for a visit to Middleham Castle which is maintained by English Heritage (charge for non-members with a 20% discount) if you wish.


T1: Richmond’s Wynds and Lanes

Sunday 19 Sept 2021

Meet outside the Town Hall at 2.15pm. Free but donations to Richmondshire Museum most welcome.

This walk explores Richmond’s Wynds and Lanes offering big views, intriguing nooks, secret places and a chance to hear of the people who lived in them. The walk is mostly on pavements but also has some steep slopes and steps.

E3: AA Dhand & Kia Abdullah in conversation: ‘Author Confidential: What No One Tells You About Publishing Novels’

Sunday 19 Sept 2021

Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL; 7.30pm; £10; Refreshments; Bookstall; Disabled access

Seven-figure sums, champagne breakfasts and transatlantic wining and dining. Just another day in the life of an author? Not so, say successful crime writers AA Dhand and Kia Abdullah. In this candid conversation, they discuss the harsh realities of publishing – including why most authors can’t give up their day job; why most books don’t make it into Waterstones; eye-opening moments from their own careers; and why, when it comes to publishing, it’s more dry-roasted peanuts and warm white wine than champagne and caviar.



W6: Wensleydale Challenge – Leg 2 – Great and Little Whernside - new

Monday 20 Sept 2021

Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at Scar House Reservoir car park (GR: SE070766) at 10.15am 11.5 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Today we start in Nidderdale near to the dam wall of Scar House Reservoir. We follow the shores of this and Angram Reservoir before heading up the moor to Great Whernside at 2,309 feet. (Not be confused with ‘Whernside’ in The Yorkshire 3 Peaks). We follow the high ridge around to Little Whernside at 1,979 feet, with great views of Nidderdale on our right and Coverdale on the left. We soon pick up the track back to the reservoir shore, crossing the dam wall back to the Car Park.

Sponsored by: The Sirius Group   www.thesiriusgroup.com

W7: High Force and Low Force

Monday 20 Sept 2021

Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start Bowlees Visitor Centre car park (GR: NY908282) at 10.00am. 8 Miles. Moderate. £7

Our walk takes us to Howick Scar, where the Whin Sill outcrop forms a steep sided valley, then west over Howick Moor with great views of the North Pennine fells, dotted with white farm buildings, and further evidence of the impressive outcrop of the Whin Sill, dissected at this point by the River Tees. We drop down to the river and follow the Pennine Way along the riverbank, passing the dramatic High Force waterfall before arriving at the more gentle Low Force waterfalls.  Please note there are becks to be forded on this walk. After making our way back to Bowlees we should have plenty of time to stop off at the Visitor Centre to look at the displays and have a drink and a cake, or alternatively you may wish to wander up into the nature reserve and see picturesque waterfalls and Gibson’s Cave. There will be plenty of photo opportunities, so remember to bring the camera!

W8/8A: The Feldom Wander

Monday 20 Sept 2021

Leave Station car park 9.15am.  Start at Cordilleras Farm (GR: NZ096037) at 9.45am. 8.5 Miles. Moderate. £7

This walk continues to be popular, so if you are interested in joining it please book early. We have special access to the MOD Feldom Ranges land, rarely walked, a mixture of heather moorland, scattered woods and deep cut valleys. This is an Army training area, not otherwise known to the rambler, and rich in archaeological remains, including a fine Hill Fort with impressive views to the northern dales; and some of the best cup and ring stones in the area. Our thanks go to the Headquarters Defence Training Estate North and Headquarters Catterick Training Area for allowing us to access the ranges for this walk.

Sponsored by: Altberg www.altberg.co.uk

H1: Wenlock Wood - new

Monday 20 Sept 2021

Start at the bus stops outside TESCO on Catterick Garrison (GR:SE 180 978) 10.15am 4.6 Miles. Easy. Free just turn up on the day.

This walk winds through the woods of Leadmill Gill before crossing over onto Catterick Golf Course.  We climb the short ‘Heartbreak Hill’ watching out for golfers, before entering the MOD Wenlock Plantation. We venture out across the open training area on Scotton Moor, before returning to the golf course past the curious Druggon Hill.  

E4: Ian Short and ‘Seasons on the Hill Farm’

Monday 20 Sept 2021

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

‘Seasons on the Hill Farm’ is a fascinating book, a photographic record of the farming year of Swaledale sheep breeders, the Calvert Family, who live and work in Birkdale, the most northerly dale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

David Ian Short is a well-known local photographer based in Richmond, who runs the Richmond Station Photography Groups for beginners and experts. Ian has exhibited at Richmond Station, Scottish Natural Heritage in Perth, and the Joe Cornish Gallery in Northallerton. He has previously completed photographic projects with the Alvie estate in Aviemore and has run photographic holidays in Scotland.

Ian’s background is in teaching and, as a geographer, he brings a wealth of knowledge about the area which is inter-weaved into his narrative. Ian’s love for the Dale comes through in his distinctive and engaging text, which accompanies his photographs.

Ian will be leading walk W16 on the Thursday of Festival week which will take the group into the area of Birkdale covered by the book. Please book separately for this walk.


Sponsored by: Altberg www.altberg.co.uk & The Station www.thestation.co.uk

E5: ‘The Mother of the Brontës’ with Sharon Wright

Monday 20 Sept 2021

Burgoyne Hotel, Reeth, DL11 6SN; 12.45pm for optional walk of 2.5 miles around Reeth; 2.00pm talk followed by afternoon tea at 3.00pm. £20 including the afternoon tea; Bookstall; Disabled access

Who was the enigmatic Mrs Brontë? 200 years after her death, this is her story.

This ground-breaking biography of Maria Branwell reveals a remarkable woman who has been lost in the shadows of her gifted children, Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë. The witty, clever and intrepid lady of letters, lover of Patrick and mother of genius has been missing for too long.

The extraordinary Brontës were a family like no other and it all began when Maria met Patrick.


Sponsored by The Burgoyne Hotel, Reeth: www.theburgoyne.co.uk

E6: Baroness Hale of Richmond and ‘A Life in Law’

Monday 20 Sept 2021

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

Baroness Hale of Richmond, former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, will speak about her life and times and soon-to-be published memoirs, "Spider Woman".

Brenda Hale was Head Girl at Richmond School, obtained a starred first at Girton College, was the first woman member of the Law Commission and first female Lord of Appeal.

Well known for declaring the prorogation of Parliament unlawful in 2019 and wearing a variety of insect brooches, Baroness Hale will also answer questions in the second part of the evening.

Sponsored by: Purple Creative  www.purplecs.com and Richmond and the Dales Soroptomists  sigbi.org/richmond-and-dales

W9: Wensleydale Challenge – Leg 3 – Penhill, West Burton and Knights Templar - new

Tuesday 21 Sept 2021

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.

Sponsored by: The Sirius Group   www.thesiriusgroup.com

W10: Fremington Edge and Calver

Tuesday 21 Sept 2021

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

Tuesday 21 Sept 2021

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

Tuesday 21 Sept 2021

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.

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