W13: Wensleydale Medley Day 4 – Over The Gallops to Middleham (new)
Leave Co-op car park at 9.00am. Start Wensley Church at 9.30am. 9 miles. Moderate. £7.
Leaving this small attractive village, which gave its name to the entire dale, we make our way past Bolton Hall and then across Wensleydale to climb steadily, with splendid views, up to the gallops on Middle Low Moor. Rising to a height of almost 800 feet above sea level the gallops have been used to train racehorses for over 300 years. Dropping down to Middleham, where horses are said to outnumber human habitants, we pass a number of famous stables as we make our way down to join the River Ure, at the distinctive gothic-style Middleham Bridge. A pleasant riverside walk now completes our journey.
W14: Turner on the Tees (new)
Leave Co-op car park at 9.15am. Start Morritt Arms, Greta Bridge at 9.45am. 8 miles. Easy. £7.
This walk explores an area often visited by that giant of English landscape painting, William Turner. Starting from Greta Bridge we walk past the ancient fortified house known as Mortham Tower before turning eastwards along field paths to reach the picturesque former toll bridge across the River Tees at Whorlton. Crossing this bridge we then follow the north bank of the Tees upstream to re-cross the river just below Egglestone Abbey (painted by Turner). After visiting the impressive ruins of the Abbey we head back to Greta Bridge, stopping en route to view another of Turner's favourite subjects, the very attractive confluence of the Tees with the River Greta, known as the "Meeting of the Waters".
W15: Foxglove Covert Nature Walk
Leave Co-op car park at 9.30am. Start at Foxglove Covert Nature Reserve field centre, Catterick Garrison at 10.00am. 3 miles. Easy. £7.
Come and join one of the Reserve Managers to explore the 100 acre Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve located at Catterick Garrison. There are many different habitats which are home to over 2300 species of flowers, fungi, birds and insects. Worth bringing your binoculars if you have some.
H3: Catterick Racecourse
Start 10:15am from the Porch of St Anne’s Church Catterick Village. 2.5 miles. Easy. Free
Come and explore the precious turf of Catterick Racecourse. The management kindly let us use the racecourse roads to explore this interesting venue.
'Written Locally' (new) with Wensleydale Writers
Come and listen to Wensleydale Writers read from their new Anthology written to raise money from Herriot Hospice Homecare.
Castle Hill Bookshop, 2.00-4.00pm, Free entry,
T6: Lewis Caroll Walk (new)
Meet at Castle Hill Bookshop at 2.30pm. Free, but donations to St. Mary’s Parish Church most welcome.
Author and historian Jane Hatcher takes you on a walk around Richmond and tells of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s [Lewis Carroll’s] time here as a child while a pupil at Richmond School, where he lived, studied and played.
E6: Reading Group Event with author, Frances Brody - 'A Death in the Dales'
Reading Group Event with author, Frances Brody - 'A Death in the Dales'
Venue & Time: Richmond Library DL10 4AE; Disabled access; 7.30pm
Tickets: £10 which includes a copy of the book
This year we welcome Frances Brody to our ever popular Reading Group Event where you will have the opportunity to chat to the author about her writing technique, inspiration and your thoughts on her book. 'A Death in the Dales' is the seventh book featuring amateur detective, Kate Shackleton.
North Country Theatre presents the Opening Night of 'Wish House'
Locally-based North Country Theatre presents the Opening Night of 'Wish House'.
Venue & Time: Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond DL10 4DW; 7.30pm
Tickets from North Country Theatre and The Georgian Theatre Ticket Office: 01748 825252, http://www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk/
Those masters of wit and invention, Richmond based North Country Theatre, present the premiere of The Wish House. Adapted by Nobby Dimon from a Rudyard Kipling story, it is a tale of fierce, insane, possessive love.
Grace Ashcroft might be seen by some as a poor old lady, “a dear old soul”, but the tale she tells of her younger days as a lusty farm girl and the strange sacrifice she made to keep “her” man is by turns hilarious and chilling. Cold Comfort Farm meets A Picture of Dorian Grey in a tongue-in-cheek version of Kipling's story of obsessive love.