W1: Mines and Moorland (new)
Leave Lidl 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
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.
Generously supported by Altberg.