Programme at a glance 2017

E1. Hundred Island Tour with Barbara & James Gravenor

22 September 2017

Townsend Suite, The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD * 7.30pm * Tickets £5 * Book stall * Disabled access * Booking recommended as space is limited

 

In 2003, local residents & members of the Festival Committee, James and Barbara Gravenor cycled 3,518 miles over a period of 3 months to visit all 64 islands off the coast of Great Britain with a resident population of over 100 people. Their only forms of transport were bicycles and public ferries. James has since written a book on their journey and this evening's talk and slide show will capture some of the highlights of their trip and some of the insights they gained of island life.

 

Generously supported by the The Station


 

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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 please book a place. 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.  

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E2. Conscientious Objectors Update in partnership with Richmond Castle.

23 September 2017

Richmond Town Hall DL10 4QL * 7.30pm * Tickets £5 (ticket price reduced thanks to the generosity of English Heritage's Cell Block Project) * Book stall * Fair Trade bar * Disabled access

 

Within Richmond Castle, a 19th century military cell block holds a secret. Inscribed on its walls are thousands of pieces of graffiti spanning over 100 years, two World Wars and images from conscientious objectors and others imprisoned within the cells.

 

The evening's event includes a reading and talk by Hazel Townesend, author of 'I Will Not Kill', and a presentation by English Heritage exploring their work linked to the conservation and research of the graffiti contained within the cells. Exhibition materials from English Heritage, NYCC's Grounds for Appeal and the North Riding Appeal Tribunal Papers 1916-1918 project will also be on show. Both projects have been made possible thanks, largely, to the support of National Lottery players through two grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Also generously supported by the Richmond Fairtrade Forum


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W3: Swaledale Challenge Day 1 (new)

24 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 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. 

Generously supported by IT Accessed.

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W4: Around Penhill

24 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 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

Leave Lidl car park at 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 please book a place. 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.

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E3: A Talk by best-selling author, Val McDermid.

24 September 2017

Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond, DL10 4DW * 7.30pm * Tickets £6, £8 & £10 FROM THE GEORGIAN THEATRE Box Office 01748 825 252, www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk * Book stall * Bar * Disabled access

 

Dubbed the Queen of Crime, Val McDermid has sold over 15 million books. Perhaps best-known for her Wire in the Blood series starring Robson Green, her new novel, Insidious Intent, is published in August following her recent best-seller Out of Bounds.

 

Val is also a regular on TV, radio and in print. Her recent projects include two BBC Radio 4 dramas, chairing the Wellcome Book Prize - and captaining the 2016 winning University Challenge alumnae team!

 

Val will be discussing her writing, her inspirations and the fatal attraction of crime fiction.

 

Generously supported by Cordilleras House


W6: Swaledale Challenge Day 2 (new)

25 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 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 Arkle 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. 

Generously supported by  IT Accessed. 

 

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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, 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. 

 


T3: Ghost Walk

25 September 2017

Meet at the Friary Gardens, Queens 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, 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. 

 


E4: Retired Assistant Bishop of Wales and former vicar of Helmsely, David Wilbourne - 'Shepherd of Another Flock'

25 September 2017

St Mary's Church DL10 7AQ * 7.30pm * Tickets £6 * Book stall * Disabled access

 

As a vicar's son, David Wilbourne worked in a bank before becoming parish priest in Helmsley. He served as the Archbishop of York's chaplain and as a canon of York Minster, before moving to be a bishop in Cardiff.

 

His latest book, Shepherd of Another Flock, catches his love of wandering and cycling through the iconic Yorkshire countryside, shrewdly observing the quirks, poignancy and humour of the characters he bumps into.

 

He tenderly cherishes even the most unpromising situation or person, sharing their tears and laughter with a wider audience.


Generously supported by St Mary's Church

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E5: 50 Years of the Swaledale Outdoor Club.

25 September 2017

Swaledale Outdoor Club, New Road, Richmond DL10 4QS * 7.30pm * Tickets £5 * Booking recommended as space is limited * Bar * Please note, this is not an official Festival event and does not have disabled access

 

In 2016, the Swaledale Outdoor Club, a multi-activity outdoor sports club based in Richmond, celebrated its 50th anniversary.

 

To commemorate this event, the Club produced a book on its history from its founding in November 1966 to the present date. This talk and slide show tells how and why the Club was formed, illustrates its many and varied sporting and social achievements, and shows what has changed over the years and what has remained the same.

 

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W9: Swaledale Challenge Day 3 (new)

26 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start 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. 

Generously supported by Purple Creative. 

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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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