W1: Classic Calver Circuit
Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start at Reeth village green at 9.30am. 10 miles.
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.
W2: Visit to Altberg Factory and 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.
T1: Georgian Richmond
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.
E2. Conscientious Objectors Update in partnership with Richmond Castle.
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