18th - 26th
September 2021

Whole Programme

W22: 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.

W23: 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. From Grinton (toilet break) 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.

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E15: Hannah Russell and ‘Little Alf’

Saturday 25 Sept 2021

Richmond Library DL10 4AE; 10.30 – 11.30am; For accompanied children of 5 years upwards; £3 per child, £5 for two children, accompanying adult free of charge; Book at Richmond Library – details to follow; Disabled access

Hannah Russell is a best-selling author based in the Yorkshire Dales, most known for her books based on Little Alf, the miniature Shetland Pony, who stands at just 28 inches high due to him having dwarfism.

Hannah is a well-known businesswoman, with multiple businesses in Yorkshire, and is also a qualified interior designer. Her first book was published when she was 17 years old, and she now has a series of books published about Little Alf.

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!


E16: Claudia Hammond and ‘The Art of Rest’

Saturday 25 Sept 2021

Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL; 7.30pm; £15; Refreshments; Bookstall; Disabled access

Claudia Hammond is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and Visiting Professor in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Sussex.

As the presenter of ‘All in the Mind’ on Radio 4, and ‘Health Check’ on the World Service, Claudia has become the BBC’s voice of psychology and mental health.

Her latest book, ‘The Art of Rest’, uses the results of a global study to examine why various forms of ‘rest’ are critical to maintaining stable mental and physical health.

Claudia will be in conversation with Pam Royle who recently retired as a broadcaster with ITV Tyne Tees.

Sponsors: Millgate House   www.millgatehouse.com

W24: 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. Walk participants will be contacted prior to the walk for their menu choices

E17: ‘Poetry Open Mic’ as part of the up-coming National Poetry Day

Friday 1 Oct 2021

Bishop Blaize’s back room, Richmond Market Place, DL10 4QL; 8.00-10.00pm; Free; Bar; Disabled access

Come along and listen, and read your own poems, particularly if you’ve written something about Richmond.

Hosted by Richmondshire Writers.

E18: Simon Armitage and ‘An Evening of Poetry’

Friday 15 Oct 2021

Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond DL10 4DW; 7.30pm; £20 from www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk; Bar; Bookstall; Disabled access

We are pleased to announce this special ‘Encore Author Event.  Simon Armitage, the UK Poet Laureate, will be ‘on stage’ at the Georgian Theatre Royal, for a reading of his work. It’s a real privilege, during Richmond’s 950th celebrations, to be regaled by this ever-observant and wonderfully accessible poet who, as a bonus of birth, happens to be a Yorkshireman.

Not put off by his failure at age 10 to have his first poem displayed in his classroom, Simon has gone on to pen around 30 books, but then who’s counting?  Hope you can join us.


W25: 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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