Whole Programme

W17: Both Sides of Swaledale – A Downholme Circuit - revised shorter route

Thursday 24 Sept 2020

Leave Station car park 9.30am. Start at Round Howe car park (GR: NZ157009) at 9.45am 10 Miles. Moderate. £7

We did not have many takers on a 13 mile version of this walk on the last Saturday of the 2019 Festival. So we have shortened the route to concentrate on the highlights of this part of the Dale. Starting from the car park at Round Howe, this circular walk follows Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route as far as Marske. We then cross to Downholme Village and return along the southern side of the valley by way of a lovely but little known permissive footpath which is not marked on the map as it crosses MOD land. The whole walk gives astounding views of Lower Swaledale and the Hambleton Hills. A fine circuit with woods, fields and moorland.

W18: Hudswell and Hag Woods Nature Walk

Thursday 24 Sept 2020

Start at Station car park at 9.30am. 6.5 miles. Moderate. £7

Join the local National Trust Ranger for this popular walk through Hudswell and Hag Woods. We will be identifying flora and fauna as we go and discussing the management of these important woodlands and riverside meadows. Though on woodland tracks on the edge of Richmond, these are steep in places with some steps. Although a short walk we will be making plenty of stops to look at points of interest along the route so please bring a packed lunch.

H3: Gillingwood Hall - new

Thursday 24 Sept 2020

Start opposite Gilling West Village Hall (GR: NZ183051) at 10.15am. 3.8 Miles. Easy. Free just turn up on the day.  

In spring this is a favourite bluebell walk. By the end of September we should get some autumn tints in this lovely woodland.  We cross the fields to the hamlet of Hartforth with its interesting modern turreted house. We pick up Jagger Lane, once used to carry lead on horseback, up through the bluebell woods.   We leave the lane to skirt the horse fields round to the Grade 2 listed Gillingwood Hall with its mysterious follies, once part of the 18th century Hall which burnt down in 1750. Old Hall Lane takes us back to Gilling West.

W19: Wensleydale Challenge – Leg 6 – Raydale, Jeffrey Pot and Whether Fell - new

Friday 25 Sept 2020

Leave Station car park at 9.00am Start Marsett Village Green by the bridge (GR: SD904863) at 10.00am. 11 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Marsett sits in Raydale above Semerwater and we follow a leafy lane to the holiday complex at Raydale House. From here a steep shooting track takes us up Billingside Moor and over the grouse moor crossing the 2,000 feet contour. We are on the edge of Yockenthwaite Moor, reputed to be the boggiest in the Dales (Remember 2018!). We turn North West however and cross the dramatic Jeffery Pot Scar at 1,995 feet. We traverse the head of Bardale Beck to the Roman Cam High Road which climbs Wether Fell (Drumaldrace) at 2,014 feet. We follow the Roman Road until we reach the steep path which drops back down to Marsett with fine views of Semerwater.


W20: A Turner Trail: Cotterdale and Mossdale from Hawes - new

Friday 25 Sept 2020

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start Hawes Dales Countryside Museum car park (charges) (GR: SD875899) at 10.00am. 11 miles. Moderate/Hard. £7

Some years ago Welcome to Yorkshire completed a project on JMW Turner’s legacy and the viewpoints that he sketched or painted on his many visits to the area. We will follow one of the walking routes developed at that time which takes us to a couple of the viewpoints he painted, and in particular Mossdale Falls which he sketched on his 1816 visit. Needless to say there are many other grand vistas in this beautiful part of Wensleydale, not least a chance to visit the lovely remote valley of Cotterdale, and the villages of this part of the Dale.

W21: Muker and Keld – River Trust Walk and Talk- new

Friday 25 Sept 2020

Leave Station car park at 9.15am. Start Muker car park (charges) (GR: SD910978) at 10.00am. 6.5 miles miles. Moderate. £7

This year our walk led by staff from the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust moves up towards the source of the Swale. The aim will be to look at the river system between Muker and Keld, taking us up one of the most picturesque valleys in this part of the Dales. We walk up one side of the valley up to Keld, visiting the impressive waterfall at Kisdon Force. We return on the other side of the valley, visiting the ruins of Crackpot Hall and exploring Swinner Gill with it’s lead mining remains on the way downstream.

W22: The Mosaic Trail. Nidderdale - new

Saturday 26 Sept 2020

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 179726) at 10.00am. 7 miles. Moderate. £7

Our 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 (ANOB), 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.


Saturday 26 Sept 2020


T3: Richmond Town Guided Walk

Saturday 26 Sept 2020

Meet outside the Town Hall at 2.15 pm. Free, just turn up on the day. Donations to Richmondshire Museum most welcome.

The walk lasts for between one hour and one and a half hours and remains on level ground, as far as is possible in Richmond!

W24: A Sunday Lunch Walk?

Sunday 27 Sept 2020

Details to follow

With the uncertainty about a number of aspects of planning our traditional end of Festival short walk and meal, we have decided at this stage not to put any details on the website. We will take a decision on this as part of our final planning work.

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