Thursday 27 Sept 2018

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

Leave Lidl 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 2 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.  

W17: "My kingdom for a horse"

Leave Lidl 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. 

W18: Upper Swaledale Barns Walk (new)

Leave Lidl car park at 9.30am. Start Keld - Ruskins Farm car park at 10:30am. 5miles. 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 5miles but including some steep ground, uneven paths and stiles.


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

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