Programme at a glance 2017

W1: Classic Calver Circuit

23 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start at Reeth village green at 9.30am. 10 miles. Moderate. £7.

Calver, the mountain of the middle dale, divides Arkengarthdale and Swaledale. Starting from Reeth we initially follow an ancient lane and then the south flank of the hill to Cringley Bottom and Fore Gill Gate. We walk down the lovely Fore Gill valley, crossing Arkengarthdale before climbing up to Fremington Edge. Following the path along the very crest of the escarpment we enjoy splendid views back to Calver Hill and down Swaledale before descending back to Reeth.

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W2: Visit to Altberg Factory and Walk to Willance’s Leap

23 September 2017

Meet at Altberg Factory shop on Gallowfields Trading Estate, Richmond, DL10 4TG at 9.30am. 6 miles. Moderate. £7.

A traditional event for the first day of the Festival. Altberg is the last remaining boot manufacturer in England. Join owner Mike Sheehan at the Altberg factory to see how his boots are designed and made: for walking, the army and biking. There’s time for a cup of tea and a look round the excellent factory shop before heading off to Willance’s Leap and to hear the famous legend of Robert Willance’s tragic fall and the horse who saved his life.

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T1: Georgian Richmond

23 September 2017

Meet at Castle Hill Bookshop at 2.30pm. Free, but donations to St. Mary’s Parish Church most welcome.

Author and historian Jane Hatcher takes you on a walk around Richmond and reveals its Georgian past through its stunning buildings and tells of some of the history of its celebrated inhabitants.  


E1. Conscientious Objectors Update in partnership with Richmond Castle.

23 September 2017

7.30pm, Richmond Town Hall DL10 4QL, tickets £6 on-line or from Castle Hill Bookshop from July 1st, tel 01748 824 243


W3: Swaledale Challenge Day 1 (new)

24 September 2017

Meet Lidl car park 9.00am. Start at Fremington 9:30am. 9.5 miles. Moderate. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Leaving the meadows of Fremington far below we climb up the old miners track to Fremington Edge and walk along the edge westwards with lovely views of Reeth and Arkengarthdale before descending through the old quarries to Storthwaite Hall and along the side of Arkle Beck to The Stang Bridge. We then return to Fremington along valley paths through the meadows with many fine examples of Yorkshire Dales stiles, squeezes and barns. 

 

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W4: Around Penhill

24 September 2017

Meet Lidl car park 9.15am. Start West Burton village green 10.00am. 9 miles. Moderate. £7.

Starting at the lovely village of West Burton, we cross wild grouse moors before dropping down to the peaceful village of Carlton. Climbing back onto the moors, we cross the eastern flank of Penhill and return to West Burton via High Lane with Wensleydale's patchwork of fields below us. 

 

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W5: Along the Tees to Egglestone Abbey

24 September 2017

Meet Lidl car park 9.30am. Start Whorlton village green 10.00am. 6.5 miles. Easy./Moderate. £7.

A pleasant walk from the village of Whorlton along the north bank of the Tees, over fields and through woodland to the picturesque riverside ruins of Egglestone Abbey. After taking lunch there, we retrace our steps back to Abbey Bridge, then along the south bank to the 'Meeting of the Waters', by the fortified manor of Mortham Tower and finally back over the fields to Whorlton. 

 

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T2: Richmond’s Wynds and Lanes

24 September 2017

Meet at Castle Hill Bookshop at 2.30pm. Free, but donations to Richmondshire Museum most welcome.

Local historian and author Mark Whyman leads this walk which explores Richmond’s Wynds and Lanes. Offering big views, intriguing nooks, secret places and a chance to hear of the people who lived in them. The walk is mostly on pavements, but also some steep slopes and steps.


E2: Val McDermid in Conversation

24 September 2017

7.30pm, Georgian Theatre Royal DL10 4DW, tickets £6, £8 & £10 from the Georgian Theatre ONLY, tel 01748 823 710 or via www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk


W6: Swaledale Challenge Day 2 (new)

25 September 2017

Meet Lidl car park 9.00am. Start Stang Bridge (GR NZ000035) 9.45am. 12.5 miles. Moderate. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Day 2 starts by briefly heading up the northern flank of the dale before crossing over Ankle Beck via Whaw, and the day's main climb up to the old lead workings and ruined buildings at Punchard Coal Level. From here we head out over the dark peat of Punchard Moor and down to Level House Bridge. Crossing the bridge we follow Flincher Gill beck to its source, head over the shoulder of Great Pinseat and down the hillside through old lead workings, with fabulous views of Arkengarthdale, back to Stang Bridge. 

 

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W7: A Teesdale Classic (new)

25 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. Start at Middleton-in-Teesdale long stay car park (GR NY946257) at 10.15am. 10 miles. Moderate. £7.

This walk provides an opportunity to visit some of the major scenic highlights of Teesdale and is one not to miss. Setting off from Middleton-in-Teesdale we initially climb to Middleside enjoying extensive views over Teesdale. Dropping down to Newbiggin and its Wensley Chapel, we  make our way to Bowlees Visitor Centre where we can enjoy a welcome refreshment break while viewing the interesting exhibits. Our walk then takes us on to Ash Hill and Dirtpit before reaching the High Force Hotel, crossing the River Tees we will enjoy our lunch while viewing the magnificent High Force. Returning to Low Force we then follow the Pennine Way back to our starting point. 



 

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W8: The Feldom Wander

25 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.30am. Start at Feldom Gate (GR: NZ126030) at 9.45am. 9 miles. Moderate. £7.

Always the first walk to be fully booked due to the appeal of its special access to rarely walked MOD land. A mixture of heather moorland, scattered woods and deep cut valleys, this is an Army training area, not otherwise known to the rambler, rich in wildlife and archaeology – including ancient rock art and cup & ring marks. Who knows what else we will find?

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H1: Hartforth & Gillingwood Hall

25 September 2017

Start 10.15am outside Gilling West Village Hall. DL10 5JJ. 4 miles. Easy. Free.


Crossing the meadows to the old estate village of Hartforth we cross Gilling Beck and head through lovely woods up the hill along the historic Jagger Lane, once frequented by the lead carrying ponies. We return through Gillingwood Hall Farm with its odd castleated walls and follies. Refreshments afterwards at The White Swan. 

 


T3: Ghost Walk

25 September 2017

Meet at the Turf Hotel, Victoria Road at 6.00pm. Adult £4.00. Child £3.50. Under 5's Free. Payment to your costumed guide. More details on 01748 818156. 

Dressed in period costume, Yorkshire story-teller Rhoda Fraser reveals stories and legends of Richmond passed down through the generations, plus some “scary stories” from more recent times.


H2: Richmond, Sandbeck and Hudswell Woods

25 September 2017

Start 6.30pm outside Richmond Swimming Pool. DL10 4LD. 3.5 miles. Easy. Free.


This lovely walk starts at Richmond Swimming Pool and follows the old railway line and new green lane cycle route towards Catterick Garrison, before crossing open fields with surprise views of Richmond and its castle prior to descending into the pretty Sandbeck and Flowery Dell returning through Hudswell Woods. Refreshments afterwards at Richmond Pool. 

 


E3: Retired Assistant Bishop of Wales and former vicar of Helmsely, David Wilbourne - 'Shepherd of Another Flock'

25 September 2017

7.30pm, St Mary's Church, Richmond DL10 7AQ, tickets £6 from website and Castle Hill Bookshop from July 1st, tel 01748 824 243.

More details of the talk to follow shortly.


W9: Swaledale Challenge Day 3 (new)

26 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start West Surrender Bridge (GR SD988999) at 9.45am. 9 miles. Moderate. £7. (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Starting at Surrender Bridge we follow the miners track to Level House. From here we cross another miners' moonscape before enjoying stunning views of Gunnerside with its heather moors, green meadows, mining buildings, levels and hushes. After a steep descent into Gunnerside village it is up again to the route high above Feethams and back down to Surrender Bridge. 

 

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W10: Grinton Smelt Mill & Maiden Castle

26 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. Start at the road Junction (GR  SE047978) below Grinton Lodge YH  at 9.45am. 7.5 miles. Moderate. £7.

This is your chance to explore some fine examples of lead mining in Swaledale as we see hushes, flues and smelt mill remains and recreate the atmosphere of intensive lead ore processing at Grinton Smelt Mill. The walk takes us out over Harkerside with the chance to see where miners toiled for the ore on the bleak moor, harnessing the power of nature to drive water down hushes to reveal the lead ore seams. We will enjoy spectacular views of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale before visiting the Iron Age Maiden Castle. 

 

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W11: The Historic Environs of Richmond (new)

26 September 2017
Start Lidl car park at 9.30am.  6.5miles. Easy. £7.

The walk will take us up to the old Richmond Racecourse then through Deepdale to the old lead road and Richmond Beacon. We will then drop down to the banks of the River Swale pausing at the picnic tables for a refreshment break. Passing remains of Richmond's industrial past we will finish with a tour of the old Railway Station, now housing a restaurant, cinema, shops and an art gallery. 

 


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T4: Exploring Richmond

26 September 2017

Meet outside the Town Hall at 12.00 noon. Free, but donations to the Richmond Mayor’s Charities most welcome.

Your costumed guide, a Richmond policeman of 1842, takes you for a walk back in time. Lasts just over an hour.


E4: Festival Reading Group Event

26 September 2017

7.30pm, Richmond Library DL10 4AE, tickets £10 (includes price of the book or £3 if you don't need to buy the book) from website and Castle Hill Bookshop after July 1st, tel 01748 824 243.

Discuss 'The Crime Writer' with its author, Jill Dawson.

Booking advised as spaces limited.

More details to follow shortly.


W12: Swaledale Challenge Day 4 (new)

27 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start Reeth village green at 9.30am. 11 miles. Moderate. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

The 4th day of the challenge walk starts from the green in Reeth and makes its way up through hay meadows on the south bank of the River Swale before crossing it at the pretty Isles Bridge. We then make our way above Low Row and Riddings once more to Surrender Bridge, negotiate the splendidly named Cringley Bottom before traversing Calver Hill, above the intake wall and finally  descending back to Reeth.   

 

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W13: Bainbridge and Addlebrough (new)

27 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. Start at Bainbridge Village Hall at 10.00am. 10 miles. Moderate. £7.

From the lovely village of Bainbridge, where the Rose & Crown Hotel dates back over 500 years, we gradually climb the flanks of Addlebrough enjoying superb views of Raydale and Semer Water. The River Bain rises from Semer Water and as England's shortest river at 2 miles in length gives our starting point its name. From the summit we make our way down to valley level walking through the meadows to the village of Askrigg, famous for its association with the 'All Creatures Great & Small' TV series. From Askrigg it is then just a short and pleasant walk back to Bainbridge. 


 

 

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W14 Hudswell & Hag Woods Nature Walk

27 September 2017

Start from Lidl car park at 9:30am. 6.5 miles. Moderate. £7

Join the local National Trust Ranger for a walk through Hudswell & Hag Woods. We'll be identifying flora and fauna as we go and discussing the management of these important woodlands and riverside meadows. As we pass through the village of Hudswell there will be an opportunity to visit the community run George & Dragon - the CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017. Though on woodland tracks on the edge of Richmond, these are steep in places with some steps. 


W15: The Reeth Round Robin Photowalk (new)

27 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.45am. Start at Reeth village green at 10.15am. 6 Miles. Moderate £7.

Be sure to bring your camera and join Digital Swaledale's John and Sylvia on their Reeth Round Robin Photowalk with stunning views of both Harkerside and Fremington Edge. Starting at Reeth we head up towards Calver Hill and Healaugh with  excellent views across to Harkerside providing plenty of opportunities to get your cameras out. Heading west we  drop down through Dagger Stones Woods and along past Thiernswood Hall. With the autumn colours just about here, more photo opportunities will present themselves. Heading down to the River Swale we follow it back towards Reeth before crossing the Swing Bridge and following the footpath towards Grinton and St Andrew's Church. After enjoying some great photo opportunities to capture images of Fremington Edge, The White House and Calver Hill we head back to Reeth and our starting point.

 

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H3: Catterick Racecourse

27 September 2017

Start 10:15am from the Porch of St Anne’s Church Catterick Village. DL10 7LN. 2.5 miles. Easy. Free

Come and explore the precious turf of Catterick Racecourse. The management kindly let us use the racecourse tracks to explore this interesting venue. Refreshments afterwards at the village cafe. 


T5: Newbiggin Walk (new)

27 September 2017

Meet at Castle Hill Bookshop at 2.30pm. Free, but donations to St. Mary’s Parish Church most welcome.

Author and historian Jane Hatcher selects just one of Richmond’s historic streets to tell its story, looking at its houses, and revealing some tales of its inhabitants.


E5: Tony Rossiter discussing 'How To Write Like a Best-Selling Author'

27 September 2017

2.30pm, Townsend Suite, The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD, tickets £5 available after July 1st on-line or from Castle Hill Bookshop tel 01748 824 243.

Booking highly advised as seats limited.

More details to follow soon.


E6: Hugh Thomson - 'One Man & A Mule - Across England with a Pack Mule'

27 September 2017

7.30pm, Richmond Town Hall DL10 4QL, tickets £6 available after July 1st on-line or from Castle Hill Bookshop tel 01748 824 243.

More details to follow soon.


North Country Theatre First Night of 'Nightmares in Norfolk'

27 September 2017

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E7: Bob Longridge - Robert Stephenson Trust 'Rocket Man & Cousin Jacks'

28 September 2017

2.30pm, Townsend Suite, The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD, tickets £5 on sale from July 1st from website and Castle Hill Bookshop, tel 01748 824 243.

More details to follow.


W16: Swaledale Challenge Day 5 (new)

28 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start Reeth at 9:30am. 12 miles. Moderate / hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

This is your chance to visit an area where lead mining had taken place for at least 1,800 years and the site of the only 'manor' in the dale. We start by climbing up to  Fremlington Edge, enjoying fine views across mid Swaledale before crossing heather moorland to Hurst. We then plunge down into deep and beautiful valleys to emerge at Marske and our return route via Marrick to Reeth. 

 

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W17: "My kingdom for a horse" (new)

28 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. Start Middleham Castle (GR: SE128884) at 10.00am. 8 Miles. Moderate. £7.  

Enjoy a mixture of history and horse racing as our walk takes us through the glorious Coverdale countryside to the pretty and interesting Coverham Church.  After lunch we will return over the famous High Moor Gallops to Middleham with the opportunity to view the 'Middleham Jewel' as we complete our walk. 


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W18: Swale Gorge

28 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park 9.30am. Start Farmers Arms - Muker at 10.15am. 5.5 miles. Easy / Medium. £7.

A classic short circular walk from the picturesque village of Muker, traversing the dramatic Swale Gorge, then on to the remote and historic hamlet of Keld. From there we head back towards Muker along a high level track over the flanks of Kisdon Hill with glorious views of the surrounding fells. 

 

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H4: Scorton Lakes & Bolton On Swale

28 September 2017

Start 10:15am Community Café on Scorton Village Green. DL10 6DT. 4.7 miles. Easy. Free

This route explores the recently landscaped gravel pit lakes at Scorton, great for bird life. It passes through the village of Bolton On Swale with its famous grave of Henry Jenkins who apparently lived to 169. We go on through the pleasant undulating farmland back for a cuppa or lunch in the cafe.


T6 A March Through Richmond Castle's Military Past (new)

28 September 2017

Meet at Richmond Castle's Main Gate at 2.30pm. Free - thanks to the support of National Lottery players through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Join English Heritage's Lead Historian, for this project,  and discover the castle's history from 1854 to WWII. Learn about its rejuvenation by the military after centuries of decline and hear stories of those who worked or were detained here. 


T7: Ghost Walk

28 September 2017

Meet at the Turf Hotel, Victoria Road at 6pm. Adult £4.00. Child £3.50. Under 5's Free. Payment to your costumed guide. More details on 01748 818156. 

Dressed in period costume, Yorkshire story-teller Rhoda Fraser reveals stories and legends of Richmond passed down through the generations, plus some “scary stories” from more recent times


E8: Jo Baker - author of 'Longbourne' and 'A Country Road'

28 September 2017

7.30pm, venue to be confirmed, tickets £8 on sale from July 1st on website and from Castle Hill Bookshop, tel 01748 824 243.

More details to follow.


W19: Swaledale Challenge Day 6 (new)

29 September 2017

Start Lidl car park at 9.00am. 12 miles. Moderate / Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

The final stage of our 6 day challenge walk consists of a circular route starting and ending at Richmond. The walk follows Wainwright's Coast to Coast route as far as Marske. We then cross to Downholme village and return to Richmond enjoying outstanding views of Lower Swaledale and the Hambleton Hills. A fine circuit with a variety of woodland, field and moorland paths providing a fitting conclusion to our 66 mile journey through glorious Swaledale. 


 

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W20: Leyburn Shawl & Wensley

29 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park 9.15am. Start Leyburn (Grove Square car park) at 9.45am. 7 miles. Moderate. £7.

Walking west we retrace the escape path of Mary, Queen of Scots, enjoying magnificent views of Lower Wensleydale with its rich patchwork of woodland, villages, parkland and high moors. We return through the pretty village of Wensley, once the capital of the lower dale. 

 

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W21: Foxglove Covert Nature Walk

29 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.30am. Start at Foxglove Covert Nature Reserve field centre, Catterick Garrison at 10.00am. 3 miles. Easy. £7.

Come and join one of the Reserve Managers to explore the 100 acre Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve located at Catterick Garrison. There are many different habitats which are home to over 2300 species of flowers, fungi, birds and insects. Worth bringing your binoculars if you have some.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

29 September 2017

10.30am - 12.30pm, Castle Hill Bookshop, free and donations welcome for Macmillan.


E9: Lonely Planet's Yorkshire Author, Neil Wilson - 'It's Filthy Work But Someone Has To Do It'

29 September 2017

7.30pm, Richmond Town Hall DL10 4QL, tickets £6 available after July 1st on-line or from Castle Hill Bookshop tel 01748 824 243.


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T8: Exploring Richmond

29 September 2017

Meet outside the Town Hall at 12.00 noon. Free, but donations to the Richmond Mayor’s Charities most welcome.

Your costumed guide, a Richmond policeman of 1842, takes you for a walk back in time. Lasts just over an hour.


W22: Aysgarth Falls and Penhill Beacon (new)

30 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park 9.00am. Start at Aysgarth YDNP car park at 9.45am. 12miles. Moderate / Hard. £7.

The last major walk of this year's Festival & it is not one to miss. After viewing the Upper Falls, where a memorable scene from 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves' was filmed, we make our way alongside the River Ure through classic glacial landscapes to West Witton, passing a number of impressive waterfalls along the way. A long and steady climb takes us up to the highpoint of the day, Penhill Beacon with its impressive views across and down the length of Wensleydale. After dropping down to the classic Yorkshire Dales village of West Burton, stopping to view Cauldron Falls as we enter the village, we finish our walk by following field paths back to Aysgarth. 


 

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W23: To Blakethwaite and Barf End

30 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. start Gunnerside Bridge 10.00am. 8 miles. Moderate. £7.

A welcome return for this popular walk. We visit a landscape of scars and hushes formed by years of lead mining, enjoying varied and spectacular views as we rise from Gunnerside Village and up the gill as far as Blakethwaite Dam. We make our return across Merrifield and Barf End, before dropping down steeply to our starting point.  

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W24: A Reeth Ramble

30 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.30am. Start Reeth Village Green at 10.00am. 6 miles. Easy / Moderate. £7.

Taking a high route west from Reeth, we are treated to excellent views of mid-Swaledale before descending to Healaugh and the the riverside. Downstream, we enjoy a look at the 'Cathedral of the Dale' before returning to Reeth. 


T9: Richmond’s Best Buildings

30 September 2017

Meet at Castle Hill Bookshop at 2.30pm. Free, but donations to Richmondshire Museum most welcome.

Richmond has a wealth of good buildings, often hiding interesting stories. On this walk local historian and author Mark Whyman, talks about some of them.


E10: Joanne Harris - author of 'Pocket Full Of Crows' (publ Oct 2017), Chocolat & Different Class

30 September 2017

7.30pm, The Hall, Clark Building, Richmond School, tickets £8 available after July 1st on-line or from Castle Hill Bookshop tel 01748 824 243.

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E11: Former MP, Clare Short and her 'Desert Island Books'

01 October 2017

7.30pm, The Hall, Clark Building, Richmond School, tickets £8 available after July 1st on-line or from Castle Hill Bookshop tel 01748 824 243.

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