16th - 25th
September 2022

Whole Programme

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E1: Emma Wells and ‘Heaven on Earth’ and ‘Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles’

Friday 16 Sept 2022

Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL. 7.30pm. £10. Refreshments, bookstall, disabled access.

Dr Emma J. Wells is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. She is Lecturer in Ecclesiastical and Architectural History at the University of York, and a regular contributor to television and radio. She writes for publications such as BBC Countryfile, TLS, BBC History and History Today. Her first book, ‘Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles’, was published by Hale in 2016. ‘Heaven on Earth: The Lives & Legacies of the World’s Greatest Cathedrals’ is published by Head of Zeus in July 2022.

W1: Wensleydale Villages and Waterfalls - new

Saturday 17 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start at National Park Centre at Aysgarth Falls (£5 charge applies) (GR: SE 012 888) at 10.00am. 11 Miles. Moderate. £7

Our walk takes us to Aysgarth Upper Falls and Aysgarth Church before heading east along the southern bank of the River Ure. After passing Aysgarth Middle and Lower Falls we follow pleasant field tracks to reach Redmire Falls. Leaving the river we climb, initially gently and then steeply, to reach the ruins of the Knights Templar Chapel, before making our way to the falls and village of West Burton. Heading over field paths to Thornaby, the return to Aysgarth village involves some “ups and downs”, including one steep section, but all on good paths, before a short walk over fields takes us back to our starting point.


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

Saturday 17 Sept 2022

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 always popular. 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.


E2: Gabriella Gordon and ‘Sweet Crime Sweet Justice’

Saturday 17 Sept 2022

Richmond Library DL10 4AE. 2.00pm. £3 per child; £5 for two children; accompanying adults free. Disabled access.

This event is suitable for 8 to 11 year-olds who bring their own grown-up.

Local author, Gabriella Gordon, brings her latest children’s detective novel to life through a series of crime-busting activities for 8 to 11 years olds. ‘Sweet Crime, Sweet Justice’ is a mystery full of crazy plans and Fab ice lollies! The first of a series set in North Yorkshire in which two best friends build a secret headquarters and create ingenious traps to catch all the bad people in the world. The first baddie is a curious thief who steals unusual things. But perhaps their biggest mystery is the unexpected arrival of a strange third detective who appears out of nowhere one day…..   Bring a magnifying glass, if you have one!

Sponsored by: Catterick, Richmond and Colburn Community Libraries (CRACCL)


E3: Michael Stewart and ‘Walking the Invisible’

Saturday 17 Sept 2022

Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL. 7.30pm. £10. Refreshments, bookstall, disabled access.

Michael Stewart is Head of Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield, and author of ‘Ill Will’, the story of Heathcliff’s missing years. He created the Brontë Stones project, four monumental stones placed between the birthplace and the Parsonage, inscribed with poems by Kate Bush, Carol Ann Duffy, Jeannette Winterson and Jackie Kay. While researching ‘Walking the Invisible’ Michael found himself falling further into the Bronte lives and writings than he could ever have imagined. He walked the paths they trod while writing their most famous works, discovering fascinating echoes of the siblings' classic novels in the landscape.

Sponsored by: Millgate House

W3: Swale Watershed Challenge Walk 1 - Great Shunner Fell & Great Sleddale - new

Sunday 18 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at lay-by above Thwaite (GR: SD 892 981) at 10.00am. 10 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

We start with the highest Fell of this year’s set, Great Shunner Fell, which at 716m is the third highest peak in the Yorkshire Dales. We leave Thwaite village following the Swale tributary ‘Skeb Skeugh’ and pass through the little hamlet of Angram before heading over Angram Moor and joining the Swale at High Bridge. After a short way we branch off along Great Sleddale Beck and follow the old miners’ track through several shallow fords to the elaborate Sleddale House Sheep Folds. Next it is Bleaberry Beck which takes us up the flanks of Great Shunner Fell. This section is steep and has no path but we will skirt the boggy section crossing the heather covered and grass tussocky Black Hill. We soon reach the summit of Great Shunner Fell with its small shelter and great 360 degree views. The route down follows the Pennine Way and is mainly paved across the worst of the boggy sections. The lower half is on a good track which is steep in places.  There is a short road section back to Thwaite village.

Sponsored by: The Sirius Group   www.thesiriusgroup.com

W4: Middleton, Harter Fell and the River Tees - new

Sunday 18 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start Middleton in Teesdale. Car park on Newbiggin Road on the right over the bridge adjacent to the Working Mens Club (GR: NY 946 257) at 10.00am. 10 Miles. Moderate. £7

From Middleton we head south past the cattle mart to join the Pennine Way. A gentle ascent takes us past Kirkcarrion (an ancient chieftain’s burial place) before we cross an open high moor with views down to Grassholme and Selset reservoirs. Leaving the moor we head north towards Holwick Scar - the impressive outcrop of the Whin Sill, before descending to the River Tees at Wynch Bridge and Low Force. We follow the Pennine Way again as it follows the river downstream back to Middleton.

W5: Buckden and Langstrothdale - new

Sunday 18 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start at Buckden National Park Car Park (£5 charge applies)  (GR: SD 942 773) at 10.00am. 7.5 Miles. Easy/Moderate. £7.

This lovely walk is at the easy end of our moderate grading and is on good paths and tracks throughout. We start with a short climb on a good track through woodland before emerging onto Buckden Rake – with fine views on all sides. Descending gently we reach the waterfalls above Cray and then take a lovely panorama walk on the flank of Yockenthwaite Moor as we walk west with splendid views of Langstrothdale. Reaching Yockenthwaite you will be forgiven for thinking the farm here looks familiar – it is Helen’s home in the current series of “All Creatures Great and Small”. Dropping down to the River Wharfe we follow the route of the Dales Way as it makes its way down the valley past Hubberholme, with its lovely Norman church which is the resting place of J B Priestley’s ashes, and back to our start at Buckden.

T1: Richmond’s Wynds and Lanes

Sunday 18 Sept 2022

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.

E4: Clare Jackson and ‘Devil-Land’

Sunday 18 Sept 2022

Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL.7.30pm. £10. Refreshments, bookstall, disabled access.

Among foreign observers, seventeenth-century England was nicknamed ‘Devil-Land’: a diabolical country of fallen angels, sedition, extremism and royal collapse. Clare Jackson’s dazzling account of English history’s most turbulent and radical era tells the story of a nation in a state of near continual crisis. ‘Devil-Land’ reveals England as, in many ways, a ‘failed state’: unstable and rocked by devastating events from the Gunpowder Plot to the Great Fire of London. Named as a ‘Book of the Year 2021’ by the New Statesman, Times Literary Supplement, The Daily Telegraph and The Times, ‘Devil-Land’ provides a spectacular reinterpretation of England’s past and is now short-listed for the 2022 Wolfson History Prize.

Sponsored by: Millgate House


W6: Swale Watershed Challenge Walk 2 - Ravenseat, High Pike, Hugh Seat and High Seat - new

Monday 19 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at Birkdale – roadside parking at B6270 junction (GR: NY 858 016) at 10.15am 13.5 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Our walk takes us up Little Sleddale on rough tracks to ascend Hugh Seat at the southern end of Mallerstang Edge. Here we can enjoy stunning views east and west. High Seat at 709m provides the summit for the Edge. After reaching High Pike it’s a descent back to the road. Shooting butts abound, indicating how important grouse shooting is to this upland area. Ascending north of the road we’re on rough moor again and follow the Coast to Coast option to Ravenseat, the hill farm featured on so many TV programmes with Amanda Owen and family. A short road section takes us back to the start. Please note that parts of this walk are over rough ground and are boggy in places.

Sponsored by: The Sirius Group   www.thesiriusgroup.com

W7: Jervaulx, Middleham and River Ure - new

Monday 19 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start Jervaulx Abbey car park (GR: SE 169 857) at 10.00am. 10 Miles. Easy. £7

We pass the ruins of 12th century Jervaulx Abbey, before crossing the parkland of Jervaulx Hall. Wide views of Wensleydale open up before us, with iconic Penhill always in the centre of the picture. Thornton Steward, our first destination, is a typical Yorkshire village: a collection of attractive stone cottages either side of small greens running the length of the village, complete with village pump, tiny former village school and Village Institute. Passing isolated St. Oswald’s Church with its Norman remains, we emerge into the park of the imposing Danby Hall, where a broad track leads us to Ulshaw Bridge. After a short walk alongside the lovely River Cover we crest a rise for a spectacular view of Middleham Castle, the Neville’s stronghold and boyhood home of Richard III. A loop takes us back to Cover Bridge and an afternoon stroll along the banks of the Rivers Cover and Ure back to Jervaulx in time for a visit to the abbey itself if you wish. Entrance here is by a suggested donation of £5 in the honesty box.     

W8/8A: The Feldom Wander

Monday 19 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park 9.15am.  Start at Cordilleras Farm (GR: NZ 096 037) at 9.45am. 8.5 Miles. Moderate. £7

We have featured this walk for a number of years, with two parties going clockwise and anti-clockwise round the route and it continues to be very 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. We usually visit two of these on our route but, subject to confirmation, for 2022 we hope to be able to take in others if this proves to be practical.

H1: Wenlock Wood

Monday 19 Sept 2022

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 is part of the Ramblers Wellbeing Walks programme. It 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.  

E5: Jessica Redland and ‘Chasing Dreams at Hedgehog Hollow’

Monday 19 Sept 2022

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

North Yorkshire-based author Jessica Redland writes emotional but uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community. Her home in Scarborough inspired the creation of the fictional seaside town of Whitsborough Bay, and the stunning countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds inspired the bestselling Hedgehog Hollow series. Richmond played an important part in her writing journey because she started her debut novel while managing a specialist teddy bear shop on Finkle Street. She’ll talk about her journey to publication, the themes of her novels - seventeen so far - and the joys and challenges of being an author.

Sponsored by: The Station

E6: Sally Coulthard and ‘The Barn’, in conversation with Pam Royle

Monday 19 Sept 2022

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

Bestselling author and columnist Sally Coulthard has spent the last two decades writing about nature, history and craft.  Many of her books delve into the traditions of rural life – the people, plants and creatures that make the countryside tick.   Sally’s work often weaves together different disciplines, pulling threads from social history, anthropology, archaeology and nature writing to bring her diverse subjects to life.  Her latest book, ‘The Barn’, uncovers the fascinating history of a barn on her North Yorkshire smallholding. Waterstones has dubbed it ‘a masterwork of research and non-fiction storytelling. Sally will be in conversation with Pam Royle, a multi-award-winning television journalist and presenter.

W9: Swale Watershed Challenge Walk 3 - Nine Standards Rigg & White Mossy Hill - new

Tuesday 20 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at Birkdale – off road parking (GR: NY 859 015) at 10.15am 12 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Meeting once again at Birkdale we will explore the seasonal alternative sections of the Coast to Coast path. Nine Standards Rigg at 662m is an easily recognisable Fell from the Eden Valley where it’s 9 stone pillars stand proud. It is less so from Birkdale where we start today’s Challenge Walk. A short track from the old quarry leads us up to the well-hidden Birkdale Tarn. We skirt the many boggy streams which drain into Whitsundale to the North East, and briefly join the Walk 2 path before heading up the millstone grit Coldbergh Edge and the featureless White Mossy Hill. A paved path takes us to summit of Nine Standards Rigg and on to explore the mysterious stone pillars. We briefly retrace our steps but soon turn left down the alternative Coast to Coast path across a boggy moor to Backstone Beck, which leads us on down the pretty Whitsundale. Crossing the Beck we join the track passing The Owens’ Ravenseat Farm gates. A short lane section to Black Howe, then good path down to High Bridge and back along the Swale Banks before a short very steep track takes us back to the cars.

Sponsored by: The Sirius Group   www.thesiriusgroup.com

W10: The Mosaic Trail. Nidderdale

Tuesday 20 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start car parking area on moor edge just off the road from Kirkby Malzeard to Dallowgill (Shown as an Information Point on the 1:25k OS Map) (GR: SE 179 726) at 10.00am. 7 miles. Moderate. £7

This walk was enjoyed by all who did it last year so we are repeating this as a mid-week option in 2022. The walk is situated in the area around Dallowgill, west of Kirkby Malzeard. In the late 1990s, as part of the celebration of the designation of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB), a group of local people, led by an expert, and calling themselves the Crackpots created a series of 22 mosaics to provide points of interest round a walk that passes through a number of different landscapes and pretty hamlets. A lovely countryside walk is enhanced by these mosaics which reflect the flora, fauna and history of the area. Although a shortish walk please note there are a number of ups and downs on the route, and some of the tracks can be muddy in wet weather.

W11: National Trust Peat Bog Extravaganza - new

Tuesday 20 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park 9.00am.  Start at sheepfolds at junction of the Gilbert Lane Track with the B6160 Bishopdale Road near Kidstones (GR: SD 943 803) at 10.00am. 6 Miles. Hard. £7

Hill walkers spend hours of their life walking across upland peat bogs. But have you ever wondered what is under your feet, why they are important and increasingly in the news, and what makes a good bog or a bad bog? Join the Yorkshire Dales National Trust Ecologist and Rangers for a walk in Upper Wharfedale across Cray Moss and beyond with a focus on upland peat bogs. We’ll help you identify bog flora and indicators of bog health, and you’ll see first-hand why these environments are critical in the fight against climate change and lowland flooding. If you want to develop your appreciation for those wet areas that suck at your boots then this is the walk for you! Please note that the grading of this walk reflects the fact it will largely be off-track, across open access bog and upland pasture so plenty of scope for hidden holes, tussocks, the usual off-path hazards.

Sponsored by: The National Trust    www.nationaltrust.org.uk/yorkshire-dales

E7: Joanne Major and ‘A History of the Dukes of Bolton’

Tuesday 20 Sept 2022

Bolton Castle DL8 4ET. 11.00 am. £25, inclusive of visit to Castle and lunch. Bookstall, disabled access. Consideration is being given to providing a bus to this event from Richmond.

Joanne Major writes historical non-fiction for Yorkshire-based publisher, Pen & Sword Books. Her latest publication recounts the history of the Bolton Dukedom, their ancestors, descendants and the part Bolton Castle played in this fascinating story. Successive Dukes were central to political intrigue, wars, and rebellion. They formed one of the country’s foremost dynasties and fell in and out of favour with the monarchy. However, it was the women – actresses and aristocrats alike – who shaped the family. 

The book talk will start at 11am and will be followed by a book signing with the author and a light lunch in the Great Hall of the Castle. Participants are then invited to take a tour of the Castle and gardens independently ( normal entrance fee £12.50/£9). Please arrive in plenty of time for the 11am start. Please note there are some steep steps in the Castle. 

Sponsored by: Bolton Castle  

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