W12: The High Fells Challenge Day 4 - The Shunners (new)
Leave Nuns Close car park at 9.00am. Start Green Dragon Inn - Hardraw at 10am. 10 miles. Moderate. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)
Day 4 starts in the pretty hamlet of Hardraw famous for its pub, waterfall and band festival. The ascent of Great Shunner Fell is long and relentless but brings its reward with the highest mountain of this set at 2,349ft. Straddling Swaledale and Wensleydale, on a clear day you can see all the High Fells covered over the 6 days of this year's challenge walk. Little Shunner is a pimple by comparison leading to the start of the descent at Fossdale Moss. The return down the valley beside Hearne Beck is lovely, though sadly most of the wild flowers which thrive here in summer will be over. If you have time and energy afterwards, a visit to the Hardraw Force waterfall is well worth the small charge.
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W13: Carlton-in-Coverdale (new)
Leave Nuns Close car park at 9.15am. Start at Carlton-in-Coverdale village hall car park at 9.45am.10 miles. Moderate. £7.
This new walk explores picturesque Coverdale. We follow lanes and a pretty riverside path to the little village of Horsehouse, now a quiet back-water but once a crossroads on major East-West and North-South stagecoach and pack-horse routes. We hear the story of the murderous landlady of one of the former inns on the old road into Nidderdale, then return along a lovely upland bridle path with fine long distance views. There are a couple of short, sharp climbs but the walk is otherwise on gentle grades.
W14: A "Holmedale" Ramble (new)
Leave Nuns Close car park at 9.30am. Start at Gayles (GR NZ124075) at 10.00am. 8.5 miles. Moderate. £7.
The name "Holmedale" does not appear on any OS map. It is a local reference to a dale that extends five miles north of Richmond running parallel with the A66. It is comparatively unknown insofar as it lies outside the National Park. This walk offers something for everybody - far reaching and stunning views towards Teesdale, ancient woods and trackways, points of historical interest (including the Plague Stone) and several settlements, including Kirby Hill, that have fascinating origins. A treasure of a walk which is entirely new to the Festival Programme.
W15: Marske to Helwith Walk & Talk (new)
Leave Nuns Close car park at 9.45am. Start Marske Village (GR NZ104005) at 10.15am. 6 miles. Moderate. £7.
Join staff from the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust on a pleasant circular Walk and Talk from the village of Marske. Starting from the beck, which we leave behind for a while, we will take a short but relatively steep climb up Telfit Bank, to be rewarded with magnificent views as we walk along the escarpment. After an opportunity to take a break at Helwith Tea Garden for refreshments the walk re-joins the beck, and finishes with a gentle stroll back across fields and through woodland. There will be plenty of pauses to talk about local features and wildlife, and hopefully the chance to have a look at some river wildlife during the walk.
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H3: Catterick Racecourse
Start 10:15am from the Porch of St Anne’s Church Catterick Village. DL10 7LN. 2.5 miles. Easy. Free, just turn up on the day.
Come and explore the precious turf of Catterick Racecourse. The management kindly let us use the racecourse tracks to explore this interesting venue. Refreshments afterwards at the village cafe.
T3: Richmond Town Guided Walk
Meet outside the Town Hall at 11.00am. Free just turn up on the day. Donations to Richmondshire Museum most welcome.
Join one of a group of enthusiastic and knowledgable volunteers who provide guided walks on Wednesdays and Sundays from the beginning of June to the end of September each year. The walks last for between one hour and one and a half hours and remain on level ground, as far as is possible in Richmond.
T4: 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.
E7: Crimes & Ballads with Peter Robinson & Martin Carthy
7.30pm, Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond DL10 4DW, £6, £8 & £10 from 01748 825252 & www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk, bar, Book Stall, disabled access
Festival President, Peter Robinson, and one of folk music's greatest innovators, Martin Carthy, take to the stage combining fiction writing with music and song. Sharing the stage, Peter will be alternately reading from his work whilst Martin will perform songs that complement the text.
With a best-selling crime author and ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist, this promises to be an evening to remember. Peter's latest book, Careless Love, will also be on sale along with his recent and Richmond-based titles, as will a selection of Martin's music.
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