Programme at a glance 2017

W11: The Historic Environs of Richmond (new)

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

The walk will take us up to the old Richmond Racecourse then through Coalgarthdale 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 please book a place. 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.

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E6 The 10th Anniversary of The Station

26 September 2017

Townsend Suite, The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD * 3.00pm * Tickets £5 each * Disabled access * Booking recommended as space is limited

 

The Station celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its rebirth in November 2017. This is a talk and slide show on the history of The Station from its time as a railway station to its closure and re-opening as a venue for food, film and art.

The talk will be followed by a guided tour of the Station starting at 4pm.

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E7: Festival Reading Group Event

26 September 2017

Richmond Library, DL10 4AE * 7.30pm * Tickets £10 includes book, £3 without book * Book stall * refreshments * Disabled access

What goes on in the heads of novelists who write about sociopaths and murderers? What divides those who imagine killing someone from those who actually kill? Could someone like the eccentric American novelist Patricia Highsmith, creator of some of the most chilling characters in 20th century literature and author of Carol and The Talented Mr Ripley, have ever crossed that line?

 

Jill Dawson explores these questions in a seamless blend of fact and fiction in which Highsmith is both subject and protagonist. Set in 1964, Highsmith hides out in a Suffolk cottage to write and to escape both fans and a stalker. She has another motive too...

 

Generously supported by CRACCL (Catterick, Richmond & Colburn Community Libraries) and Castle House

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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.   

Generously supported by Purple Creative. 

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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. 

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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.

Generously supported by Digital Swaledale. 

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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, 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. 


T5: Newbiggin Walk (new)

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

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E8: Tony Rossiter discussing 'How To Write Like a Best-Selling Author'

27 September 2017

Townsend Suite, The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD * 2.30pm * Tickets £5 * Book stall * Disabled access * Booking recommended as space limited

 

Imitating the techniques (rather than content) of a favourite author is a good apprenticeship for any aspiring writer. In his latest book, Dalesman columnist Tony Rossiter, gives an easy-to-read insight into the works of 50 of the world's greatest writers, showing how they achieved success. He talks about George Orwell's six elementary writing rules, which inspired his book, and about the work of four of Yorkshire's best-known authors – James Herriot, Alan Bennett, Charlotte Brontë and Emily Brontë.

 

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E9: Hugh Thomson - 'One Man & A Mule - Across England with a Pack Mule'

27 September 2017

Richmond Town Hall DL10 4QL * 7.30pm * Tickets £6 * Book stall * Fair Trade bar * Disabled access

 

Strong, sturdy and able to carry a great deal of weight, mules have always made ideal walking companions – as long as you didn't ask them to do anything they didn't want to do!

 

Now Wainwrght Prize-winning author, Hugh Thomson, revives that ancient tradition, using his experience of hiking with pack mules across the Andes to have, what he calls, a 'south American adventure in England'. Taking his stubborn, cantankerous, yet ever trusty mule Jethro from the Lake District, across North Yorkshire, through Richmond to the North Sea, he uses old drovers' roads and mule tracks that have fallen into disrepair.


Generously supported by the Richmond Fairtrade Forum and the White Swan, Gilling West

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North Country Theatre First Night of 'Nightmares in Norfolk'

27 September 2017

Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond DL10 4DW * 7.30pm * Tickets from the Georgian Theatre Box Office: 01748 825 252 * Disabled access

 

Simon Corble and Nobby Dimond created the original adaptation of the hilarious The 39 Steps which went on to be an international hit. Here they bring different approaches to the staging of the supernatural.

 

Even the most sceptical, the most rational scientific mind , may have moments when something happens that seems to defy the laws of nature, when wild landscapes of our dreams – nightmares seem to intrude on reality, when coincidence seems to be stretched to breaking point.

 


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  Fremington 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 at 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, just turn up on the day. 

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, with thanks to the support of National Lottery players through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Please book a place

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. 

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E10: Bob Longridge - Robert Stephenson Trust 'Rocket Man & Cousin Jacks'

28 September 2017

Townsend Suite, The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD * 2.30pm * Tickets £5 * Book stall * Disabled access * Booking recommended as space limited

 

Based on 111 letters written by engineer Robert Stephenson to his boss in Bogotá, this book published by the Robert Stephens Trust describes his reasons for working for 3 years with the Colombian Mining Association before nearly drowning on the return trip to England and subsequently winning Liverpool & Manchester Railway's Rainhill Trials in 1829 with the now-iconic 'Rocket'.

 

Bob is a direct descendant of George & Robert Stephenson's business partner, Michael Longridge and has been Chair of the Robert Stephenson Trust since 2001.


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T7: Ghost Walk

28 September 2017

Meet at the Friary Gardens, Queens 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


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