About Us

Our Festival, now in it's 12th year, is run by a small dedicated team of local volunteers in conjunction with Swaledale Outdoor Club and Castle Hill Bookshop. It provides a unique mix of daytime and evening walks and talks to both inspire and invigorate you:

Be inspired: meet celebrated authors and discover new ones - engage in a full programme of weekend and evening book events.

Be invigorated: explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales in autumn - enjoy daily walks for amblers, ramblers and serious walkers led by friendly guides, keen to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the dales.

We have a great selection of graded walks to choose from each day, you can embark on an ambitious climb one day and enjoy an historical stroll the next.

Each Festival we run a varied programme of evening talks and events alongside the walking programme. Some of the talks may relate to the local area you're visiting and some may take you off in into completely different subjects.  There's also some more participatory events - Poetry Open Mic and Book club discussions 

Richmond is on the edge of the northern Yorkshire Dales. It is very compact with shops, restaurants, accommodation, Norman castle, River Swale and of course the dales, all within easy walking distance. Easily accessible by road or rail, Richmond is just off the A1 at Scotch Corner and a bus ride to Darlington Railway Station on the East Coast mainline.

If you have any questions about the Festival then please contact:

For author/book events: Castle Hill Bookshop 01748 824243

For walk information: Trevor Thurlow 01325 377497 or 07581 000936

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