Programme at a glance 2018

W1: Mines and Moorland (new)

22 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start at Arkle Town (GR NZ 007018) at 9.45am. 11miles. Moderate. £7.

Setting out from the mining hamlet of Arkle Town in Arkengarthdale, we ascend Slei Gill with its impressive lead mining remains then follow a moorland track across the wilds of Hurst Moor to reach the quaintly named Schoolmaster Pasture. From there we descend to the tiny settlement of Washfold before traversing a section of the extensive Hurst mining grounds to reach Fremington Edge, once the site of both lead mining and chert quarrying. Here we can expect spectacular views over Arkengarthdale before we descend back to our starting point.




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

22 September 2018

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.



W3: The High Fells Challenge Day 1 - Yokenthwaite Moor (new)

23 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start at Marsett Bridge (GR SD903862) 10.00am. 10 miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Yockenthwaite Moor has a reputation as a huge bog, but we know the route to avoid most of it. This walk starts in the beautiful setting of Marsett on Semerwater, climbing sharply to Stalling Busk, where we join the Pennine Journey long distance path as far as the Grey Horse. Here we set off skirting the bog, to the 2,110ft summit of Yockenthwaite Moor, with views into Wharfedale. We then trek across the fell side and down Billinside Moor, following the lovely Raydale back to Semerwater and Marsett. 


W4: Grassholme Reservoir Teesdale (new)

23 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start Middleton-in-Teesdale Tourist Information Centre at 10.00am. 8 miles. Moderate. £7.

Join us to enjoy one of a series of walks in Upper Teesdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, sponsored by the Upper Teesdale Tourism Network. This is a beautiful walk with fantastic views, initially climbing past Kirkcarrion on the Pennine Way, then dropping down through meadows to Grassholme Reservoir, an excellent picnic spot. After walking on the bank side path we join a road briefly before dropping down through fields to the Tees Railway Walk for a gentle walk back to Middleton-in-Teesdale. 

W5: Jervaulx & The Three Bridges

23 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.30am. Start at Cover Bridge pub car park (GR SE144871) at 10.00am. 7 miles. Easy./Moderate. £7.

The walk starts at Cover Bridge, near Middleham, and follows the banks of the River Ure to Jervaulx Park and its ancient abbey, before crossing the river to the pretty village of Thornton Steward. From there we pass by the oldest church in Wensleydale before re-crossing the River Ure as we make our way back to Cover Bridge. 


T1: Richmond's Wynds and Lanes

23 September 2018

Meet at Castle Hill Bookshop at 2.30pm. Free but please book a place. Donations to Richmondshire Museum most welcome.

Former Mayor of Richmond Clive World leads this walk which explores Richmond's Wynds an 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 has some steep slopes and steps.  

W6: The High Fells Challenge Day 2 - Dodd & Wether Fells (new)

24 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start Gayle (GR SD872893) 10.00am. 12 miles. Moderate/Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Setting off from the pretty village of Gayle with its lovely cascade, we follow Gaudy Lane and the Pennine Way up onto the fells. We strike off the beaten track to ascend to the summit of Dodd Fell at 2,192ft with views over Wensleydale and across to the Yorkshire Three Peaks. We then descend to the small road through the hillsides, which show the wounds of mining in times past, soon joining the Roman Cam High Road to the top of of Wether Fell, also called Drumaldrace at 2,014ft. The path then descends back to Gayle, down the steep hillside, with panoramic views of Wensleydale and the horseshoe of high fells around Hawes. 

W7: The Feldom Wander

24 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. Start at Feldom Gate (GR: NZ126030) at 9.45am. 9.5 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?

W8: Easby Abbey and Round Howe

24 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.30am. 6 miles. Easy. £7.

Richmond and its Norman Castle, set on the cliff top high above the River Swale, forms the focal point for this walk, which visits some beautiful riverside areas, including the National Trust's woodland at Round Howe, and the impressive ruins of Easby Abbey. 


H1: Hartforth & Gillingwood Hall

24 September 2018

Start 10.15am outside Gilling West Village Hall. DL10 5JJ. 4 miles. Easy. Free, just turn up on the day. 

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. 


H2: Richmond, Sandbeck and Hudswell Woods

24 September 2018

Start 6.30pm outside Richmond Swimming Pool. DL10 4LD. 3.5 miles. Easy. Free, just turn up on the night.

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. 


W9: The High Fells Challenge Day 3 - Great Knoutberry Hill (new)

25 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start Garsdale Station (GR SD788918) at 10.00am. 12 miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Day 3 starts high (1,200ft) up in Garsdale at the station on the Settle to Carlisle railway. We descend a short way to the Moorcock Inn and follow the upper reaches of the River Ure down to Thwaite Bridge. We join the old miners track which crosses the railway tunnel to the aptly named Middle O' Moor End. The track winds between the bogs up Hungry Gill & Sikes Pits Beck. Widdale Great Tarn is a lovely surprise as we go off piste to reach the summit of Great Knoutberry Hill at 2,192ft. A long tussocky descent takes us to the minor road and so back to Garsdale Station.

W10: The Muker to Keld Classic

25 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. Start Farmers Arms - Muker at 10.15am. 5.5miles. 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. 


W11: Hackfall Woods & The River Ure (new)

25 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.30am. Start at Hackfall Woods car park on the Masham to Grewelthorpe road at 10.15am. 5 miles. Moderate. £7.

A short walk which will give us plenty of time to look around the fascinating Hackfall Woods. Scattered through the woods are a number of follies built in the 18th century by William Aislabie of Fountains Abbey/Studley Royal fame, who created a pleasure garden in the woods. We also follow a stretch of the Ripon Rowell Walk along the River Ure. 

T2: "Gentle Stroll Through Richmond"

25 September 2018

Meet outside Castle Hill Bookshop at 2:15pm. Free, but please book a place. Donations to Richmondshire Museum most welcome.

Your guide John Culpan, author of the booklet "Gentle Stroll Through Richmond", takes you for a walk around this most interesting of Georgian market towns. 

W12: The High Fells Challenge Day 4 - The Shunners (new)

26 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start Green Dragon Inn - Hardraw at 10am. 10 miles. Moderate. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Day 4 starts in the pretty hamlet of Hardraw famous for its pub, waterfall and band festival.  The ascent of Great Shunner Fell is long and relentless but brings its reward with the highest mountain of this set at  2,349ft. Straddling Swaledale and Wensleydale, on a clear day you can see all the High Fells covered over the 6 days of this year's challenge walk.  Little Shunner is a pimple by comparison leading to the start of the descent at Fossdale Moss. The return down the valley beside Hearne Beck is lovely, though sadly most of the wild flowers which thrive here in summer will be over. If you have time and energy afterwards, a visit to the Hardraw Force waterfall is well worth the small charge.   


W13: Carlton-in-Coverdale (new)

26 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start at Carlton-in-Coverdale village hall car park at 9.30am.10 miles. Moderate. £7.

This new walk explores picturesque Coverdale. We follow lanes and a pretty riverside path to the little village of Horsehouse, now a quiet back-water but once a crossroads on major East-West and North-South stagecoach and pack-horse routes. We hear the story of the murderous landlady of one of the former inns on the old road into Nidderdale, then return along a lovely upland bridle path with fine long distance views. There are a couple of short, sharp climbs but the walk is otherwise on gentle grades. 

W14: A "Holmedale" Ramble (new)

26 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.30am. Start at Gayles (GR  NZ124075) at 10.00am. 8.5 miles. Moderate. £7.

The name "Holmedale" does not appear on any OS map. It is a local reference to a dale that extends five miles north of Richmond running parallel with the A66. It is comparatively unknown insofar as it lies outside the National Park. This walk offers something for everybody - far reaching and stunning views towards Teesdale, ancient woods and trackways, points of historical interest (including the Plague Stone) and several settlements, including Kirby Hill, that have fascinating origins. A treasure of a walk which is entirely new to the Festival Programme.  



W15: Marske to Helwith Walk & Talk (new)

26 September 2018

Leave Lidl car park at 9.45am. Start Marske Village (GR NZ104005) at 10.15am. miles. Moderate. £7.

Join staff from the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust on a pleasant Walk and Talk circular from the village of Marske. Starting from the beck, which we leave behind for a while, we will take a short but relatively steep climb up Telfit Bank, to be rewarded with magnificent views as we walk along the escarpment. After an opportunity to take a break at Helwith Tea Garden for refreshments the walk re-joins the beck, and finishes with a gentle stroll back across fields and through woodland. There will be plenty of pauses to talk about local features and wildlife, and hopefully the chance to have a look at some river wildlife during the walk.


H3: Catterick Racecourse

26 September 2018

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

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. 

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