Tuesday 25 Sept 2018

W9: The High Fells Challenge Day 3 - Old Cote Moor Top (new)

Leave Nuns Close car park at 9.00am. Start Buckden YDNP car park at 10.00am. 11 miles. Medium / Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

The third day of our challenge is a classic inter-dale walk taking us across from Wharfedale to Littondale and back. Leaving Buckden we follow the River Wharf and the Dales Way as far as the ford and bridge at Starbotton before striking up the side of the moor, with stunning views up and down Wharfedale, to the boundary wall. Dropping down to Littondale we again enjoy panoramic views as we make our way to the attractive village of Arncliffe before following the River Skirfare to Litton. Having enjoyed the delights of Littondale it is now time to climb back over to Wharfedale, via Old Cote Moor Top and its trig point at 1,991ft, to our starting point. 

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W10: The Muker to Keld Classic

Leave Nuns Close car park at 9.15am. Start Farmers Arms - Muker at 10.15am. 5.5miles. Easy / Medium. £7.

A classic short circular walk from the picturesque village of Muker, traversing the dramatic Swale Gorge, then on to the remote and historic hamlet of Keld. From there we head back towards Muker along a high level track over the flanks of Kisdon Hill with glorious views of the surrounding fells. 


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W11: Hackfall Woods & The River Ure (new)

Leave Nuns Close car park at 9.30am. Start at Hackfall Woods car park on the Masham to Grewelthorpe road at 10.15am. 5 miles. Moderate. £7.

A short walk which will give us plenty of time to look around the fascinating Hackfall Woods. Scattered through the woods are a number of follies built in the 18th century by William Aislabie of Fountains Abbey/Studley Royal fame, who created a pleasure garden in the woods. We also follow a stretch of the Ripon Rowell Walk along the River Ure. 

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T2: A Gentle Stroll Through Richmond

Meet outside Castle Hill Bookshop at 2:15pm. Free, but please book a place. Donations to Richmondshire Museum most welcome.

Your guide, John Culpan, author of the booklet "Gentle Stroll Through Richmond", takes you for a walk around this most interesting of Georgian market towns. 


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E4: Jane Hatcher & Bob Woodings: Life in Georgian Richmond – A Diary & Its Secrets

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

The Georgian era was a period of immense change and, for such an evocative period, the question must be asked: what was life really like? Through a newly-discovered diary, local historian, Jane Hatcher, and former lecturer and senior editor, Bob Woodings, present a rare opportunity to hear the authentic voice of the mid-eighteenth century. Hear about fairs and markets, horse racing, travelling players and the changing role of women as this vanished world is brought alive.

Sponsor: The Station, Richmond


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E5: Festival Reading Group: Peter Robinson & Richmond-based novel 'Before the Poison'

7.30pm, Richmond Library, Queens Road, DL10 4AE, £10 with book & £3 without, refreshments, Book Stall, disabled access

PLEASE NOTE: if you wish to buy a ticket and not a book, please contact Castle Hill Bookshop on 01748 824 243 or info@castlehillbookshop.co.uk

Just outside Richmond, Grace Fox poisoned her husband in January 1953. Or did she? Though she was tried for murder and subsequently hanged, Grace remained a silent and enigmatic figure to the very end.

When Chris Lowndes returns to live in his native Yorkshire nearly 60 years later he becomes certain that she couldn't have murdered her husband.

Using many of Richmond's venues and locations as a backdrop, Festival President Peter Robinson weaves 'a labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation' (Observer).

Sponsors: CRACCL (Catterick, Richmond & Colburn Community Libraries) and North Yorkshire County Council


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E6: Yorkshire: A Lyrical History of England's Greatest County with Richard Morris

7.30pm, Richmond Methodist Church, Queen's Road, Richmond DL10 4AE, £6, refreshments, Book Stall, disabled access

Using his early career working on the excavations under York Minster in 1971 and subsequent role as Director of both the Council for British Archaeology and Leeds Institute for Medieval Studies, Richard Morris weaves history, family stories, travelogue and ecology to reveal how Yorkshire has taken shape as a landscape and established itself in literature, legend and popular regard.

As the UK's largest county where mountain, plain, coast, downs, fens and heath lie close, Morris also describes Yorkshire's unique characteristics with links around the world.


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