18th - 26th
September 2021

Whole Programme

W17: Keld and Birkdale Tarn – “Seasons on the Hill Farm” – new

Thursday 23 Sept 2021

Details to be finalised

W18: A Masham Circular – new

Thursday 23 Sept 2021

Leave Station car park 9.15am.  Start at Riverside Long Stay Car Park (Honesty Box) in Masham (GR: SE225810) at 10.00am. 11.5 Miles. Moderate. £7

Our walk takes us north alongside the River Ure up to Low Ellington, then along a mixture of tracks, lanes and quiet roads through the villages of Ellingstring and Healey. We continue to walk on field paths before joining a stretch of the Ripon Rowel Walk which takes us back to the pretty Market Town of Masham.

W19: Richmond’s Racing Heritage – new

Thursday 23 Sept 2021

Leave Station car park at 9.30am.. Start at Whashton Road carpark adjacent to the Racecourse site (GR: NZ171020) at 9.45am. 8 Miles. Moderate. £7

Richmond has a long and illustrious horse racing history dating from the 16th Century until the closure of the Low Moor Racecourse in 1891. The area is now owned and administered by The Burgage Pastures Committee who permit public access to the land. The route will take the group across the racecourse site and then climb up the beautiful and surprisingly isolated valley of Coalsgarth with its old limestone kilns and abandoned farmhouses to Coalsgarth Gate. Here the trail takes the bridle path up hill to The High Moor, the first of the possible original sites of horse racing in Richmond before the move to The Low Moor. The route will then return via The Out Moor to cross the Marske Road to the other ‘High Moor’ which has traditionally been held to be the site of Richmond’s annual races before 1765. The route will return via Willance’s Leap and take in two of the famous racing stables on the Hurgill Road before returning to the Low Moor to complete the final furlong! Leader Graham Berry, who will be giving a Festival talk on his book on Wednesday 22nd, will describe the rich history of the various racing landmarks on the route which has recently been published by the Burgage Pastures Committee as ‘A Short History of Richmond Racecourse and its Grandstand’. 

H3: Gillingwood Hall - new

Thursday 23 Sept 2021

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.

W20: Wensleydale Challenge – Leg 6 – Raydale, Jeffrey Pot and Wether Fell - new

Friday 24 Sept 2021

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 (For those who joined us in that year - 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.

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

Friday 24 Sept 2021

Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start Muker car park (charges) (GR: SD910978) at 10.00am. 6.5 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 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 its lead mining remains on the way downstream.

W22: A Turner Trail: Cotterdale and Mossdale from Hawes - new

Friday 24 Sept 2021

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start Hawes Dales Countryside Museum car park (charges) (GR: SD 875899) at 10.00am. 10 miles. Moderate. £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.

W23: The Mosaic Trail. Nidderdale - new

Saturday 25 Sept 2021

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 (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.

W24: A Linear Walk from Castle Bolton to Richmond Castle - new

Saturday 25 Sept 2021

Leave Station car park 9.15am. We will transfer to Castle Bolton by private bus for a 10am start. The charge for the bus is included in the ticket price. 15 miles. Moderate. £10

This is one of our Festival walks marking the 950th anniversary of Richmond Castle. It links two noble castles situated in neighbouring dales. A bus will take us to the imposing Bolton Castle where we head up onto open moorland that once rang with the sounds of lead mining but today the cry of lapwings, curlew and grouse greet us. As we descend into Swaledale we enjoy splendid views of Reeth nestling under Calver Hill. We take the Coast-to-Coast route back to Richmond following the River Swale as it flows through meadows and woods, past a priory and smelt mill to our destination of Richmond Castle.

Please note, as this walk is 15 miles in length, we will be walking at a reasonably fast pace and expect to return to Richmond around 6pm. Please bring sufficient refreshments for the day.

T3: Richmond Town Guided Walk

Saturday 25 Sept 2021

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!


W25: A Sunday Lunch Walk from Wensley

Sunday 26 Sept 2021

Leave Station car park 9.30am. Start Three Horseshoes Wensley car park GR SE092897(postcode DL8 4HJ) at 10am. 6.5 miles. Easy. £7

Starting from the whitewashed traditional country pub, a scenic walk takes us past 14th Century Wensley Church, through field paths to Leyburn and onto Leyburn Shawl, with fine views of Wensleydale and Penhill. We will visit the remains of Tullis Cote lead mine and smelt mill and pass by Bolton Hall, the residence of Lord Bolton. On our return we can dine in The Three Horseshoes with its beamed ceilings and flag-stoned floor which serves real ale and straightforward pub grub. 

W26: Follow in the Footsteps of Simon Armitage - A Linear Walk from Keld to Hawes - new

Saturday 16 Oct 2021

Leave Station car park 9.00am. We will transfer to Keld and return to Richmond by private bus. The charge for the bus is included in the ticket price. 12.5 miles. Hard. £15

In 2010 Simon Armitage walked the Pennine Way and wrote about it in “Walking Home”. On route he diverted by car from Keld to Richmond where he gave a reading at the Georgian Theatre Royal. The following day he returned to Keld and walked to Hawes. Simon will be speaking again in the Georgian Theatre Royal as part of our Festival and this walk will recreate his journey the following day (although unfortunately without Simon). We will follow the Pennine Way over Great Shunner Fell at 2,349 ft where in the words of the Poet Laureate “Broad moorland ranges extend one way, punctuated by distinct and isolated prominences, with the more dramatic, clustered and unmistakeable presence of the Lake District forming a serrated horizon to the west”.

Please note we will be walking at a reasonably fast pace and expect to return to Richmond around 6pm. Please bring sufficient refreshments for the day.

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