16th - 25th
September 2022

Whole Programme

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E8: Toby Wilkinson and ‘Tutankhamun’s Trumpet: The Story of Ancient Egypt in 100 Objects’

Tuesday 20 Sept 2022

The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD. 7.30 pm. £12. Café/restaurant, bookstall, disabled access.

Published on the 100th anniversary of the moment that Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon broke open Tutankhamun’s tomb, Toby Wilkinson presents a riveting account of the treasures they found, in his new book ‘Tutankhamun’s Trumpet’. He takes the objects buried with the king as the source material and inspiration for a fascinating portrait of ancient Egypt – its geography, history, culture and legacy. Artefacts from the tomb are allowed to speak again – not only for themselves, but as witnesses of the civilization that created them in this illustrated talk.

Sponsored by: The Station

 


E9: Poetry Evening with Gill Lambert, Simma Singer and Steve Urwin

Tuesday 20 Sept 2022

Richmondshire Cricket Club DL10 4AR. 7.30pm. £7. Bar, disabled access

There will be an opportunity for people to participate in an ‘open mic’. Poetry or prose can be shared (max three poems or one short piece of prose: 5 mins per-person). Please email office@booksandboots.org  in order to reserve a place. Priority will be given to those who email in advance.

Gill Lambert has been published online and in print and her collection ‘Tadaima’ was published by Yaffle in 2019. She runs online poetry workshops as well as working with people in the community from various backgrounds.  Her latest collection is called 'A Small Goodbye at Dawn'.

Simma Singer is an acoustic artist and singer-songwriter dubbed ‘Newcastle’s Acoustic Hero’ by Metro. He is also a performance poet. His collection of comic poetry called ‘Last Night I Married the Audience’ was released to great critical acclaim from many media sources including BBC Radio 4.

Steve Urwin is from Consett, County Durham. He works as a freelance creative writing facilitator. His books include ‘Tightrope Walker’, ‘Hypomaniac’ and ‘So Much for the Sunshine’. His latest collection ‘Laughter to Split Glass’ is available from Red Squirrel Press.


W12: Swale Watershed Challenge Walk 4 - Keld, Roberts Seat & Tan Hill - new

Wednesday 21 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at Rukin’s Farm campsite in Keld (£3, toilets available) (GR: NY 892 012) at 10.00am 11Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

We start with a visit to the beautiful Kisdon Force where there will be time to take photographs. Our route then takes the north bank of the Swale past Catrake Force and Currack Force before climbing north to the isolated Farmhouse of Ravenseat, as featured on so many TV programmes. The track is now over rough boggy moor to Robert Seat at 549m. We leave the lead mining history of Swaledale and Keld to see the remnants of coal mining as coal measures run just under our feet.  The welcome sight of England’s highest pub, the famous Tan Hill Inn provides an irresistible refreshment stop. Our return is south via the Pennine Way to Keld.

Sponsored by: The Sirius Group   www.thesiriusgroup.com


W13: Arkengarthdale – River Trust Walk and Talk - new

Wednesday 21 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park at 9.15am. Start Langthwaite car park (charges) (GR: NZ 005 023) at 10.00am. 7 miles. Moderate. £7

This year our walk, led by a member of the team at the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, will be in Arkengarthdale. From Langthwaite we will walk downstream alongside Arkle Beck, where the Trust are involved in a partnership project to implement natural flood management interventions, and we will learn how these will assist in an area of the Dales that was badly affected by the floods of 2019. The walk will take us up Fremington Edge, walking west, down again and through the delightfully named hamlet of Booze before returning to Langthwaite. Whilst “moderate” please note there are some steep climbs and possible stepping-stones (weather permitting and with a short diversion if the river is high).

Sponsored by: The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust   www.ydrt.org.uk


W14: Rokeby Park and its Historical Setting – Walk and Visit - new

Wednesday 21 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start Greta Bridge roadside parking by the bridge (GR: NZ 086 132) at 9.45am. 6.5 miles. Easy. £15 to include the guided tour of Rokeby Park

The history of the Rokeby Estate and the families who have lived there, including the current owners the Morritt family, is fascinating – and links to a number of important places that we will visit on our walk.  Starting at Greta Bridge we will have an opportunity to learn something of the roman settlement and fort that existed there alongside the old roman road.  We will then start our walk into the Rokeby Estate and learn about the history of Mortham Tower. We will share the connections to Sir Walter Scott and JMW Turner and the romantic setting of Waters Meet, before starting our walk along a delightful wooded stretch of the River Tees as we make our way towards Eggleston Abbey – once owned by the Morritt family. Returning to Rokeby Park, the main part of the afternoon will be taken up by a guided tour of the house and the fascinating history of the families who have lived there. We will be able to walk back to Greta Bridge along the carriageway that led to the house in times gone by – emerging at the old gatehouse in time to visit the Morritt Arms and hear about further links to the history of the Estate, and a chance to see Gilroy’s famous wall mural whilst no doubt refreshing ourselves with a drink at the bar or in the delightful garden of this well-known coaching house. With the walk and visit this will be a full day – and you are sure to learn something new.  We will be joined for the whole day by one of the guides from Rokeby Park who will be able to share with us the connections between the landscape and the history of the estate.


E10: Chris Lloyd and ‘Secret Darlington’

Wednesday 21 Sept 2022

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

Chris is Chief Feature Writer for The Northern Echo and The Darlington and Stockton Times and a former North East Journalist of the Year. He writes about local history and politics - has interviewed every Prime Minister since John Major and was the only journalist in the Sedgefield pub when Tony Blair dined on fish and chips with George W. Bush. He has featured twice on Michael Portillo’s ‘Great British Railway Journeys’. ‘Secret Darlington’ is his ninth book about the Darlington area.

Sponsored by: The Station


T2: Exploring Richmond

Wednesday 21 Sept 2022

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.


E11: Nicholas Crane and ‘Latitude: The Astonishing Adventure That Shaped The World’

Wednesday 21 Sept 2022

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

A thrilling account of the first major expedition by data gatherers and qualified observers to Peru to discover the shape and magnitude of the Earth. Previously it was impossible to produce accurate maps and sea charts, without which thousands of lives would continue to be lost and exact locations of cities, roads and rivers would never be known. This fascinating and dramatic story weaves scientific rigour, egos, funding crises and betrayal with sea voyages, jungles and volcanoes. Author Nicholas Crane is an award-winning writer and geographer, well-known for his television work as lead presenter for BAFTA winning series Coast as well as Great British Journeys, Map Man, Britannia and Town.

Sponsored by: The Fleece Hotel


W15: Swale Watershed Challenge Walk 5 - Swinner Gill, Rogan's Seat & Gunnerside - new

Thursday 22 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park at 9.00am Start at Public Car Park Muker  (GR: SD 911 978 ) at 10.00am 15 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

This walk starts with a steady climb up the side of Kisdon Hill, which we skirt around and on to Catrake Force below Keld. We cross the Swale and follow the track up past Crackpot Hall and into the unmistakable Swinner Gill. A steep climb takes us onto the moor top and then along to Rogan's Seat at 672 metres. We descend through peat hags to reach the Blackethwaite dams, left behind by Swaledale lead miners. A tricky section gets us into the top of Gunnerside Gill and we follow this down through the lead mining scars and ruins. We then head west high above Ivelet and back round to Muker.

Sponsored by: The Sirius Group   www.thesiriusgroup.com


W16: Coverdale’s “Dairy Days”

Thursday 22 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start at Carlton in Coverdale Village Hall (GR: SE 069 847) at 10.00am. 8 Miles. Moderate. £7

As an early sell out in 2021 we thought this was one to repeat in 2022. Based on a 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, it’s 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, weather permitting, there are exceptional views across the dale.

 


W17: Barningham Moor – new

Thursday 22 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park 9.15am.  Start at pull in parking on moor edge south-west of Barningham (GR: NZ 080 101) at 10.00am. 7/8 Miles TBC. Moderate. £7

This walk on Barningham Moor is on tracks and across open moorland. During the walk we will see examples of Rock Art, and the remains of a bronze age village and stone circle. DETAIL SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION


E12: Annabel Streets and ’52 Ways to Walk’

Thursday 22 Sept 2022

The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD. 11.00am - midday. £8 plus £2 for an optional walking masterclass either from 9:30am to 10:00am or 10:15am to 10:45am. Café/restaurant, bookstall, disabled access.

Annabel Streets writes highly researched fiction and non-fiction and is a founder of the blog https://agewellproject.com/ . ‘52 Ways to Walk - The Surprising Science of Walking for Wellbeing and Joy, One Week at a Time’ is her second book on the subject of walking.  It examines the science of different ways of being on foot - from walking at altitude and in forests, to going backwards and barefoot – and everything in between.  Explore what happens to our bodies and brains when we use vista vision, nasal breathing, fractal-finding and the perfect gait.

Join Annabel for an optional 30-minute Walking Masterclass – this will be active and mobile...and very hands-on.

And why not make a day of it? Our 4.5 mile walk ‘H2: Iron Banks and Park Wood’ sets off from the Station at 13.00pm and is part of the Ramblers Wellbeing Walks.  An ideal way to spend your afternoon after learning the benefits of walking in the morning!

Sponsored by: The Station


H2: Iron Banks and Park Wood - new

Thursday 22 Sept 2022

Start at the picnic tables at The Station. 1.00pm. 4.5 Miles. Easy. Free just turn up on the day.  

Our afternoon start time and starting point for this walk will allow people to go to this morning’s book event at the Station and take part in this walk as well. The morning talk is by Annabel Street on her book “52 Ways to Walk: The Surprising Science of Walking for Wellbeing and Joy, One Week at a Time”. What better way to make a day of it than join this afternoon walk organised as part of the national Ramblers Wellbeing Walks.  We will walk along both banks of The Swale past the ruined Easby Abbey until we reach the Coast to Coast path. We follow this through the lovely Iron Banks wood where part of the route is perched high above the river. We cut back across the fields through Park Wood and can then look back on the fine views of Richmond before descending the cycle track back to The Station.


E13: Oliver Condy and ‘Symphonies for the Soul’- in conversation with James Naughtie

Thursday 22 Sept 2022

Influence Church, Richmond DL10 4AS. 7.30pm. £15. Refreshments, bookstall, disabled access.

Oliver Condy, author of ‘Symphonies for the Soul: Classical Music to Cure Any Ailment’ is a musician and editor with 20 years of experience in music publishing. A former Editor of BBC Music Magazine, where he oversaw more than 200 issues, Oliver will be joined on stage by James Naughtie, one of the country's best-known broadcasters, a Radio 4 presenter of ‘Today’ for 21 years and ‘Bookclub’ since the programme began in 1998. He is also a writer, with books about music and politics, an account of travels in the United States over 50 years, and three espionage novels. ‘The Spy Across the Water’, will be published later this year.

Their conversation will include musical pieces chosen for the occasion by Oliver Condy.

This event is run in partnership with Richmondshire Concert Series

Sponsored by: Millgate House


W18: Swale Watershed Challenge Walk 6 - Great Pinseat and Surrender Bridge - new

Friday 23 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park at 9.00am Start below Fore Gill Gate where there is plenty of room to park beside the Ford (GR: NY 993 009) at 10.00am. 12 Miles. Moderate. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Those with a long memory will recall the ford at our starting point from the opening credits of the original James Herriott TV series. The area was lead mining country until the start of the 20th century, with a major vein running under Great Pinseat. Though the tracks we use are now important for farming and particularly shooting, their origins lie in the extraction of lead. A brief road section takes us above Surrender Mill before we take a turn up to the Old Gang Smelt Mill. An example of a self-draining mine entrance is passed, along with the peat and explosives store and remains of the flue. Leaving good tracks we traverse rough and boggy moor to the trig point at Great Pinseat at 583m before descending the post-industrial spoil to Whaw in Arkengarthdale. A pleasant riverside path takes us to Langthwaite (toilets available). A final ascent up Fore Gill returns us to the start.

Sponsored by: The Sirius Group   www.thesiriusgroup.com


W19: Swaledale Corpse Way - new

Friday 23 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Rendezvous at Reeth Village Green outside the Burgoyne Hotel (GR: SE 039 993) at 9.30am for private transport to Keld and our start. 14 miles. Hard. £TBC to include the minibus transfer to Keld.

This linear walk takes us from Keld to Grinton. For much of the way we will follow the traditional route of the Corpse Way down Swaledale, and then onwards to Reeth and our starting point. Until 1580 Grinton was the furthest point up the Dale with consecrated ground for burials, and a number of routes existed in the upper part of the Dale that were used to bring coffins to the church. Our route is based on the main artery of the Corpse Way starting in Keld.  As well as the history of the route and some of the stories attached to it, you will, of course, be passing through some of the very best scenery in the upper dale. We start our walk on the bridleway from Keld, round the side of Kisdon Hill, to Muker. Leaving the traditional route for the next stretch allows us to avoid some road walking and take in the delightful riverside path along the Swale. We will also visit picturesque Ivelet Bridge which is on one of the side branches of the Way and see one of the coffin-resting stones used in those times.  We regain the main route as we follow the old road along the side of the valley to Gunnerside. Continuing down the valley we pass Blades, with the remains of the Coffin House used as an overnight resting place, and on to Healaugh where we drop into the valley bottom and walk to the lovely old church at Grinton.  A walk through the fields and alongside Arkle Beck takes us back to Reeth.


W20: Aske Park - new

Friday 23 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park 9.30am. Start at Aske Stables (GR:NZ 180 037) at 10.00am. 7 miles. Easy. £7

We are pleased to be able to take you into parts of Aske Park that are off rights of way and therefore unknown to walkers using the public footpath through the Estate. Almost as impressive as Aske Hall itself is the former Stable Block.  It is here that we will start and finish the walk.  The first part of the walk takes us into the private part of the estate, through woodlands and along tracks until we reach High Coalsgarth at the half way point of the walk.  From here we return to the Hall using public footpaths returning across the racecourse and the golf club before regaining the Park. There will be time to look round the imaginative Stable Block conversion into a thriving business and retail setting including an excellent coffee shop, Mocha, and for those in need of an improved night’s sleep – a visit to Kiss the Moon.


E14: Max Adams and ‘Trees of Life’ and ‘Museum of the Wood Age’

Friday 23 Sept 2022

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

All the world's cultures have special relationships with trees and forests.  They have drawn on them for shelter, food, medicine and materials, and for spiritual inspiration.  From wood working they learned how to become technologists and to master their environment. In a lively illustrated talk, Max Adams, the archaeologist, woodsman and inveterate walker, explores some of the fascinating stories from his 2019 book, ‘Trees of Life’, and from his new book, ‘The Museum of the Wood Age’.

Sponsored by: The Station


E15: Rosemary Brown and ‘Following Nellie Bly’ in conversation with Jacki Hill- Murphy and ‘The Life and Travels of Isabella Bird’

Friday 23 Sept 2022

Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL. 7.30pm. £15. Refreshments, bookstall, disabled access.

Trailblazing journalist Nellie Bly circled the world faster than anyone ever had in 1890. Travelling alone with just a Gladstone bag, she shattered the fictional record of Phileas Fogg, returning in 72 days. Awed by her achievement and shocked by its present-day obscurity, Rosemary J Brown re-traced Bly’s global voyage 125 years later. Their journeys are captured in ‘Following Nellie Bly: Her Record-Breaking Race Around the World’. London-based journalist Rosemary is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 2019, she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research initiatives in Greece and Ireland helping refugees to rebuild their lives.

Jacki Hill-Murphy MA, FRGS, is an explorer, writer and speaker who has travelled to some of the most inhospitable places on earth to re-create the journeys of daring women adventurers from the past. In tracking valiant women, like Mary Kingsley and Isabella Bird, she pays tribute to their invincible spirits and achievements. Jacki’s journeys in the footsteps of Victorian explorers have taken her across the Digar-La in Ladakh, India; to the summit of Mount Cameroon; by public transport from Moscow to Siberia; Eastern Nigeria; and from source to sea along the Amazon River.

Sponsored by: Millgate House


W21: The Roman Road from Bainbridge and Semerwater - new

Saturday 24 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start Bainbridge Village Green (GR: SD 933 902 ) at 10.00am. 9 miles. Moderate/Hard. £7

This is one of the classic walks in the upper part of Wensleydale.  We start on the lovely village green at Bainbridge and, reflecting the grade we have given to the walk, we begin our steady climb up the first stretch of the Cam High Road, following the straight line of the old Roman Road as it climbs towards Whether Fell. We get good views to the north into Upper Wensleydale on this stretch.  Leaving the old road we head south to gain the ridge before our steep descent into Bardale and a path which takes us through the villages of Marsett and Stalling Busk nestled in the Dale, with great views of Semerwater.  This is the largest natural lake in the County and was formed at the time of the last ice age. We will walk alongside the lake and share some of the legends surrounding this place before walking back towards Bainbridge alongside the country’s shortest River – the Bain. As we approach our start we will be able to see Brough Hill – site of the Roman fort which stood here for over 300 years and explains the existence of the road on which we started our day.


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