W1: Mines and Moorland (new)
Leave Nuns Close car park at 9.00am. Start at Arkle Town (GR NZ 007018) at 9.45am. 11miles.
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.
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W2: Visit to Altberg Factory & Walk to Willance’s Leap
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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Harry & His Bucketful of Dinosaurs
10.30am, Richmond Community Library, Queens Road, Richmond DL10 4AE, 01609 534 580, free
Children's story time with ROARSOME crafts and activities. Most suitable for 2-7 year-olds.
Sponsor: CRACCL (Catterick, Richmond & Colburn Community Libraries) and North Yorkshire County Council
E1: A Celebration of Birds with Karen Lloyd's Blackbird Diaries & James Macdonald Lockhart's Raptor.
7.30pm, Richmond Town Hall DL10 4QL, £6, FairTrade bar, Book Stall, disabled access
In Blackbird Diaries, Karen shares her deep affection for the treasured wildlife in her South Lakeland garden, the Cumbrian Fells, Mull and the Solway Firth. While discussing the loss of our lowland curlews and demise of England's last golden eagle, her acute observations result in a celebration of landscapes that rarely feature in nature writing.
In Raptor, James talks of his travels the length of the UK in search of the 15 diurnal birds of prey breeding in the British Isles. He combines portraits of the landscapes visited with detailed observations of the birds themselves.
Sponsors: The Richmond FairTrade Forum & Abbey View