Thursday 27 Sept 2018

W16: The High Fells Challenge Day 5 - Rogans Seat & Water Crag (new)

Leave Nuns Close car park at 9.00am. Start Gunnerside village hall at 9.45am.13miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Day 5 takes in two of the best side valleys in Swaledale and the challenging Swinner Gill. We leave Gunnerside village along the unfenced lane, admiring the Swaledale fields and characteristic barns on our left before turning into the steep sided valley under Kisdon Hill. We soon start to climb Swinner Gill pausing to see The Kirk, before a breathless pull up to Lownathwaite, to be faced by the lead mining lunar landscape of Gunnerside. From here a good track leads to Rogans Seat at 2,205ft and on to Water Crag 2,192ft. These tops are pretty featureless but are prime grouse shoots. We retrace our steps to Lownathwaite, and then descend into Gunnerside Gill and the Miners detritus at Lownathwaite Mea. From here sheep tracks lead onto old miners tracks down the splendid Gunnerside Gill to the village.  

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W17: "My kingdom for a horse"

Leave Nuns Close car park at 9.15am. Start Middleham Castle (GR: SE128884) at 10.00am. 8 Miles. Moderate. £7.  

A repeat of one of our most popular walks in 2017. Enjoy a mixture of history and horse racing as our walk takes us through the glorious Coverdale countryside to the pretty and interesting Coverham Church. After lunch we will return over the famous High Moor Gallops to Middleham with the opportunity to view the 'Middleham Jewel' as we complete our walk. 

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W18: Upper Swaledale Barns Walk (new)

Leave Nuns Close car park at 9.30am. Start Keld - Ruskins Farm car park at 10:30am. 5 miles. Moderate. £7.

Field barns and other historic buildings are a characteristic feature of the Yorkshire Dales and particularly so in Swaledale. Starting from Keld this walk across the upper dale focusses on some of these buildings, their previous use and the memories which local people have of them …….. whilst, of course, enjoying all the wider aspects of this world class landscape.

A short walk of 5 miles but including some steep ground, uneven paths and stiles.


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H4: Scorton Lakes & Bolton-On-Swale

Start 10:15am Community Café on Scorton Village Green. DL10 6DT. 4.7 miles. Easy. Free, just turn up on the day. 

This route explores the recently-landscaped gravel pit lakes at Scorton, great for bird life. It passes through the village of Bolton-On-Swale with its famous grave of Henry Jenkins who apparently lived to 169. We go on through the pleasant undulating farmland back for a cuppa or lunch in the cafe.

T5: Ghost Walk

Meet at the Friary Gardens, Queens Road DL10 4DW at 2.00pm. Adult £4.00. Child £3.50. Under 5s Free. Payment to your costumed guide. More details on 07775 618472. 

Dressed in period costume, Yorkshire story-teller Rhoda Fraser reveals stories and legends of Richmond passed down through the generations, plus some “scary stories” from more recent times

E.8 Aftermath with Graham Berry

2.30pm Townsend Suite, The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD, £5, refreshments from the Station, Book Stall, disabled access

The years immediately after 1918 were a time of great political, social and economic change. In Aftermath Graham seeks to examine how the events of this turbulent period were shaped by the Great War and how they, in turn, influenced the years beyond. 

Including the Spanish flu epidemic, women's enfranchisement and the influence of Dr Marie Stopes, the emergence of modern Ireland, the Russian Revolution and development of both American and modern society, this was a period that truly shaped the 20th century.

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Herbert Read – our forgotten war poet

7.00pm, Green Howards Museum, Richmond Market Place DL10 4QN, £7, Tickets available from Green Howards Museum, tel 01748 826 561, disabled access

Although commemorated in Westminster Abbey's Poets' Corner, why is this poet, knight of the realm, art critic and writer often overlooked? Was it because this intriguing Yorkshireman was also an anarchist? Carl Watts explores the life and work of this extraordinary man.



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

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.

Sponsors: Gillian Howell & Nobby Dimon


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The Shout - Swaledale Mountain Rescue

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.


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