W7: High Fells Challenge 2 – Leg 2 – Lovely Seat – new
Leave Station car park at 9.00 am Start at Sedbusk (GR: SD883911) at 10.00am 10 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)
Starting from the tiny Hamlet of Sedbusk we climb the cobbled Shutt Lane up Smooker Hill and soon emerge onto the peat moor. The Shooting Track takes us up to the top of White Beacon Hags, aptly named as we enter the largest peat bog section of this year’s walks. The route to the top is fairly well used but tricky if we get a wet summer. Lovely Seat at 2,214ft has fine views over Wensleydale and its tributary valleys, and tomorrow's challenge, Great Shunner Fell. If we are lucky the fine stone seat will still be there for photos and selfies. A short drop takes us to the unfenced Buttertubs road which we follow briefly before a short climb back up Pike Hill and a good track back to Sedbusk.
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W8/8A: The Feldom Wander – new starting point
Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start at Cordilleras Farm (GR: NZ096037) at 9.45am. 8.5 Miles. Moderate. £7
This walk is always popular due to its special access to the MOD Feldom Ranges land, rarely walked, a mixture of heather moorland, scattered woods and deep cut valleys. This is an Army training area, not otherwise known to the rambler, and rich in archaeological remains, including a fine Hill Fort with impressive views to the northern dales; and some of the best cup and ring stones in the area.
W9: Marske to Helwith - Walk and Talk
Leave Station 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 us 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, finishing 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 a chance to see some river wildlife during the walk.
SPONSOR: The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust
H1: Sandbeck Circuit
Start at Station car park at 10.15 am 3.5 Miles. Easy. Free just turn up on the day
After a short stretch of the old railway line to warm up, we head up the new cycle path towards Catterick. We then cross the fields and go down to Sandbeck with its quirky garden of railway memorabilia. We then walk up the little valley to Flowery Dell and back, via Billy Bank Wood, for refreshments at the pool or Station.
E3: 'Tiny Castles' with Dixe Wills
7.30pm; Richmond Town Hall; tickets £7 each; Fairtrade Bar; bookstall; disabled access.
In this fascinating book, Dixe Wills unleashes his trademark amusing style on the tiniest castles in Britain. Beautifully presented in full colour, the book uncovers 60 of the country’s loveliest, most compelling and relatively complete castles, from Henry VIII’s St Mawes Castle in Cornwall to Scalloway Castle in Shetland, where it is said the blood and hair of the cruel Earl Patrick’s tenants were used in the mortar. Many of these tiny fortresses occupy a unique place in history and are brought vividly to life in this well-researched book.
SPONSORS: Millgate House & Richmond FairTrade Forum