W1: Classic Calver Circuit
Leave Co-op 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.
W3: Easby Abbey and Round Howe
Starts from Richmond Obelisk at 12 noon. 6 miles. Easy. £7.
Richmond and its Norman Castle, set on the cliff top high above the River Swale, forms the focal point for this walk, which visits some beautiful riverside areas, including the National Trust’s woodland at Round Howe, and the impressive ruins of Easby Abbey.
'Written Locally' (new) with: illustrator Gill McLean
Come and see local illustrator, Gill McLean, at work.
Castle Hill Bookshop, 2.00-4.00pm, Free event
T1: Frenchgate Walk (new)
Meet at Castle Hill Bookshop at 2.30pm. Free, but 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.
E1: Book Event - Egyptologist, Professor Joann Fletcher, 'Ancient Egypt: New Discoveries'
Egyptologist, Professor Joann Fletcher, 'Ancient Egypt: New Discoveries'.
Venue & Time: Richmond School, The Hall in the Clarke Hall Building, DL10 4BQ; Disabled access; 7.30pm
Evening Talk by one of the world’s leading Egyptologists, Professor Joann Fletcher of the University of York has made numerous tv appearances, from ‘Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret’ which won a BAFTA, to her most recent BBC series ‘Immortal Egypt with Joann Fletcher’. In her ninth book, ‘The Story of Egypt’, Joann traces Egypt’s ancient history through its monuments and its people, revealing that Ramses II dyed his hair, Queen Ashayet bit her nails and farmer Baki liked eating in bed, bringing alive ancient Egypt’s history as nobody else can!
Fairtrade Bar & Book stall
Photo courtesy of Dr Amr Aboulfath