W12: Swaledale Challenge Day 4 (new)
Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start Reeth village green at 9.30am. 11 miles. Moderate. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)
The 4th day of the challenge walk starts from the green in Reeth and makes its way up through hay meadows on the south bank of the River Swale before crossing it at the pretty Isles Bridge. We then make our way above Low Row and Riddings once more to Surrender Bridge, negotiate the splendidly named Cringley Bottom before traversing Calver Hill, above the intake wall and finally descending back to Reeth.
Generously supported by Purple Creative.
W13: Bainbridge and Addlebrough (new)
Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. Start at Bainbridge Village Hall at 10.00am. 10 miles. Moderate. £7.
From the lovely village of Bainbridge, where the Rose & Crown Hotel dates back over 500 years, we gradually climb the flanks of Addlebrough enjoying superb views of Raydale and Semer Water. The River Bain rises from Semer Water and as England's shortest river at 2 miles in length gives our starting point its name. From the summit we make our way down to valley level walking through the meadows to the village of Askrigg, famous for its association with the 'All Creatures Great & Small' TV series. From Askrigg it is then just a short and pleasant walk back to Bainbridge.
W14 Hudswell & Hag Woods Nature Walk
Start from Lidl car park at 9:30am. 6.5 miles. Moderate. £7
Join the local National Trust Ranger for a walk through Hudswell & Hag Woods. We'll be identifying flora and fauna as we go and discussing the management of these important woodlands and riverside meadows. As we pass through the village of Hudswell there will be an opportunity to visit the community run George & Dragon - the CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017. Though on woodland tracks on the edge of Richmond, these are steep in places with some steps.
Generously supported by The National Trust.
W15: The Reeth Round Robin Photowalk (new)
Leave Lidl car park at 9.45am. Start at Reeth village green at 10.15am. 6 Miles. Moderate £7.
Be sure to bring your camera and join Digital Swaledale's John and Sylvia on their Reeth Round Robin Photowalk with stunning views of both Harkerside and Fremington Edge. Starting at Reeth we head up towards Calver Hill and Healaugh with excellent views across to Harkerside providing plenty of opportunities to get your cameras out. Heading west we drop down through Dagger Stones Woods and along past Thiernswood Hall. With the autumn colours just about here, more photo opportunities will present themselves. Heading down to the River Swale we follow it back towards Reeth before crossing the Swing Bridge and following the footpath towards Grinton and St Andrew's Church. After enjoying some great photo opportunities to capture images of Fremington Edge, The White House and Calver Hill we head back to Reeth and our starting point.
Generously supported by Digital Swaledale.
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.
T5: Newbiggin Walk (new)
Meet at Castle Hill Bookshop at 2.30pm. Free, but please book a place. 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.
E8: Tony Rossiter discussing 'How To Write Like a Best-Selling Author'
Townsend Suite, The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD * 2.30pm * Tickets £5 * Book stall * Disabled access * Booking recommended as space limited
Imitating the techniques (rather than content) of a favourite author is a good apprenticeship for any aspiring writer. In his latest book, Dalesman columnist Tony Rossiter, gives an easy-to-read insight into the works of 50 of the world's greatest writers, showing how they achieved success. He talks about George Orwell's six elementary writing rules, which inspired his book, and about the work of four of Yorkshire's best-known authors – James Herriot, Alan Bennett, Charlotte Brontë and Emily Brontë.
Generously supported by The Station
E9: Hugh Thomson - 'One Man & A Mule - Across England with a Pack Mule'
Richmond Town Hall DL10 4QL * 7.30pm * Tickets £6 * Book stall * Fair Trade bar * Disabled access
Strong, sturdy and able to carry a great deal of weight, mules have always made ideal walking companions – as long as you didn't ask them to do anything they didn't want to do!
Now Wainwrght Prize-winning author, Hugh Thomson, revives that ancient tradition, using his experience of hiking with pack mules across the Andes to have, what he calls, a 'south American adventure in England'. Taking his stubborn, cantankerous, yet ever trusty mule Jethro from the Lake District, across North Yorkshire, through Richmond to the North Sea, he uses old drovers' roads and mule tracks that have fallen into disrepair.
Generously supported by the Richmond Fairtrade Forum and the White Swan, Gilling West
North Country Theatre First Night of 'Nightmares in Norfolk'
Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond DL10 4DW * 7.30pm * Tickets from the Georgian Theatre Box Office: 01748 825 252 * Disabled access
Simon Corble and Nobby Dimond created the original adaptation of the hilarious The 39 Steps which went on to be an international hit. Here they bring different approaches to the staging of the supernatural.
Even the most sceptical, the most rational scientific mind , may have moments when something happens that seems to defy the laws of nature, when wild landscapes of our dreams – nightmares seem to intrude on reality, when coincidence seems to be stretched to breaking point.