Programme at a glance 2018

E9: Poetry Evening with Bloodaxe Editor, Neil Astley & Tara Bergin

27 September 2018
7.30pm, Richmond Cricket Club, Hurgill Road, DL10 4AR, £6, bar, Book Stall, disabled access

Bloodaxe Books editor and founder, Neil Astley, takes you on a journey by poem through his best-selling Staying Alive trilogy, showing the way with real poems about unreal times, poems from around the world about love, life and the universe. 

Tara Bergin, Irish poet and lecturer at Newcastle University, was recently included in The Guardian's 'Fresh Voices: 50 writers you should read now' and her collection, The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx, was short-listed for the T.S. Eliot & Forward Prizes and chosen as Best Poetry Book of the Year by The Times.

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The Shout - Swaledale Mountain Rescue

27 September 2018

7.30pm, Swaledale Mountain Rescue Centre, Hipswell Road, Catterick Garrison DL9 3EH, suggested donation: £5 payable on the night - booking strongly advised by emailing or phoning Jill Armstrong on 07734 105 674, parking available, disabled access

A talk celebrating 50 years of Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team including a tour of the base. Their book, also called The Shout will also be on sale.


W19: The High Fells Challenge Walk 6 - High Pike Crag & Ravenseat (new)

28 September 2018

Leave Nuns Close car park at 9.00am. Start Ravenseat Lane End (GR NY858015) at 10.00am. 11.5 miles. Hard. £7. (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Our final day ends with a cream tea with a TV celebrity. We start at Ravenseat Lane End and after a warm-up along the unfenced lane, we follow the good track up Little Sled Dale to our first fell of the day - Archy Styrigg (Gregory Chapel) at 2,280ft. We follow the ridge north over High Seat 2,326ft and onto High Pike 2106ft. A steep descent down Careless Bank takes us back to the unfenced lane which we follow down Birkdale Common heading off left over the boggy rise, with Nine Standards Rigg over our left shoulders, and down to Ravenseat Farm. This is the 2,000 acre working farm home of Amanda Owen - "The Yorkshire Shepherdess" providing a welcome stop for tea and scones to celebrate your completion of The High Fells Challenge.  

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W20: Marske Circular (new)

28 September 2018

Leave Nuns Close car park at 9.15am. Start Marske Village (GR NZ104005) at 9.45am. 7 miles. Easy / Moderate. £7.

From the pretty village of Marske we first walk to Downholme Bridge spanning the River Swale then head in a westerly direction along farmland paths and tracks to reach the impressive remains of Marrick Smelt Mill. Next we cross a stretch of moorland before  descending to the beautiful valley of Marske Beck and so back into the village and an opportunity to visit the ancient St Edmund’s church. 


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W21: Hudswell & Hag Woods Nature Walk

28 September 2018

Start from Nuns Close 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. Though on woodland tracks on the edge of Richmond, these are steep in places with some steps. 


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Macmillan Coffee Morning

28 September 2018

10.30am - 12.30pm, Castle Hill Bookshop, 01748 824 243, free. 

Come and enjoy coffee and cakes to support a very worthwhile cause. Why not browse our bookshop while you are here? We donate 10% of the shop's takings this Friday to Macmillan Cancer Support.


E10: From Manuscript to Castle Hill Bookshop... An Evening With HarperCollinsPublishers

28 September 2018
7.30pm, Richmond Town Hall DL10 4QL, £6, FairTrade bar, Book Stall, disabled access

What happens when an author's book is accepted by a publishing house? What might a publisher be looking for in the first place?

Suzie Doore, Publishing Director for Borough Press, part of HarperCollinsPublishers, will be in conversation with Katy Mahood (Entanglement) and Tamsin Grey (She's Not There) about their experience as new authors and also talking about what happens for a book to actually appear in a bookshop such as Castle Hill – itself a winner of a HarperCollins Independent Bookshop Award. 


Sponsors: Millgate House, The Richmond FairTrade Forum and Gillian & Nobby Dimon


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W22: Leyburn to Bolton Castle Round (new)

29 September 2018

Leave Nuns Close car park at 9.00am. Start Leyburn (Grove Square car park) at 9.30am. 11 miles. Moderate. 

Walking west we retrace the escape path of Mary, Queen of Scots, over the famous Leyburn Shawl to Bolton Castle, enjoying magnificent views of Lower Wensleydale with its rich patchwork of woodland, villages, parkland and high moors along the way. We then return via Redmire and pastoral fields to the Bolton Hall Estate where,  amidst glorious parkland, we pass through the pretty village of Wensley before making our way back to Leyburn


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W23: The Reeth Round Robin Walk (new)

29 September 2018

Leave Nuns Close car park at 9.15am. Start at Reeth village green at 9:45am. 6 Miles. Moderate £7.

Starting at Reeth we head up towards Calver Hill and Healaugh with excellent views across to Harkerside. Heading west we drop down through Dagger Stones Woods, enjoying the early autumn colours, and along past Thiernswood Hall to Healaugh. 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, before heading back to our starting point.  

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W24: Aske Hall & Willance's Leap (new)

29 September 2018

Leave Nuns Close car park at 9.30am. Start car park at east end of racecourse on Washton Road  at 9:45am. 9 miles. Moderate. £7.

Leaving the site of the old racecourse we cross over the golf course before passing the Georgian Aske Hall, owned by the Marquess of Zetland and enjoying an impressive parkland setting. Following the bridleway we next pass Gillingwood Hall before meeting the ancient Jagger Lane and making our way to Willance's Leap. After hearing the famous legend of Robert Willance's tragic fall and the horse who saved his life, we return to the racecourse and view the old grandstand. 


Alice in Wonderland Workshop with local story-teller, Rhoda Fraser

29 September 2018
10.30am, Richmond Community Library, Queens Road, Richmond DL10 4AE, 01609 534 580, free
Dressed as Alice, story-teller Rhoda Fraser will bring to life the story of Alice in Wonderland and explore the idea of where an underground passage may lead and what adventures may be told.

Sponsor: CRACCL (Catterick, Richmond & Colburn Community Libraries) and North Yorkshire County Council



T6: Richmond’s Best Buildings

29 September 2018

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

Richmond has a wealth of good buildings, often hiding interesting stories. On this walk former Mayor of Richmond Clive World, talks about some of them.

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E11: Stable Lass – Riding Out & Mucking In with Gemma Hogg

29 September 2018

7.30pm, Richmond Methodist Church, Queens Road, Richmond DL10 4AE, £6, refreshments, Book Stall, disabled access

Being a stable lass is extremely hard work with long, back-breaking hours and often treacherous weather but to Gemma Hogg, assistant trainer, and former stable lass, at Micky Hammond Racing in Middleham, North Yorkshire, it is one of the most rewarding jobs possible.

In Stable Lass, Gemma takes us into the closed world of a top racing yard including the elation of having several winners in one day, the almost-indescribable grief of losing a beloved horse and heart-warming stories of loveable and cantankerous thoroughbreds – and colleagues.


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W25: Walden & Coverdale Round (new)

30 September 2018

Leave Nuns Close car park at 9.00am. Start West Burton village green at 10.00am. 12.5 miles. Moderate / Hard. £7.

This is a walk that strong walkers will not want to miss on the final day of this year's Festival. We start from West Burton, considered by many to be one of the prettiest villages in Yorkshire with a big open green and a lovely waterfall. After making our way along the little-known Walden valley we climb up and over the fell to the lovely dale of Coverdale with great views to all sides. Re-crossing the fell back into Wensleydale we finish our walk beside Cauldron Falls - much loved by Yorkshire Dales photographers. 


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W26: Sunday Lunch Walk (new)

30 September 2018

Leave Nuns Close car park at 9.15am. Start Wensley - Three Horseshoes car park at 9.45am. 7 miles. Easy . £7.

This is a relatively easy stroll in rolling Wensleydale countryside for our now traditional end-of-Festival Sunday Lunch Walk . We take in the remains of the largest lead mine in the Dale, a quiet village, a remote church and great views of Bolton Castle and Addlebrough.  We’ll just take a short drinks break, then finish with our Sunday Lunch at the Three Horseshoes, Wensley.  Gradients are generally gentle but there are a couple of short road stretches and some stiles.


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T7: Richmond Town Guided Walk

30 September 2018

Meet outside the Town Hall at 2.15pm. Free just turn up on the day. Donations to Richmondshire Museum most welcome. 

Join one of a group of enthusiastic and knowledgable volunteers who provide guided walks on Wednesdays and Sundays from the beginning of June to the end of September each year. The walks last for between one hour and one and a half hours and remain on level ground, as far as is possible in Richmond. 


E12: Deeds Not Words with Helen Pankhurst

30 September 2018

2.30pm, Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond DL10 4DW, tickets £6, £8 & £10 from theatre Box Office: 01748 825 252,, bar, bookstall, disabled access

One hundred years after the Fourth Reform Act, which saw propertied women over 30 gain the vote for the first time, suffragette descendent and campaigner Helen Pankhurst charts how the lives of women in the UK have changed over the last 100 years.

At this last event of the Richmond Walking & Book Festival she celebrates landmark successes, little-known victories, where progress has stalled or reversed, looking into politics, money, identity, violence, culture and social norms.

Combining historical insight with inspiring argument, Deeds Not Words reveals how far women have come since the suffragettes, how far we still have to go and how we might get there.

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