W16: High Fells Challenge 2 – Leg 5 – Baugh Fell & Knoutberry Hawe – new
Leave Station car park at 9.00am Start at Garsdale Station Car Park (GR: SD787917) at 10.00am 11 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)
Today we start at Garsdale Station one of the highest in the country at 1,150ft. After a short section of unfenced lane, we climb the grassy slopes of East Baugh Fell passing various small tarns leading to the top of Knoutberry Hawe at 2,218ft. From here we cross the moor to the unmarked Baugh Fell, at 2,096ft, before descending gently down Rowthy Gill Foot. This is one of The Dales' hidden gems of a valley with glorious views as we turn east towards The Flusts, and Grisedale Common. From here we meet the Settle Carlisle railway line before returning to Garsdale Station.
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W17: Across to Colsterdale
Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start at East Witton (GR: SE 145860) at 10.00am. 9 Miles. Moderate. £7
A walk of contrasts which returns to the programme after a number of years. We leave East Witton, with its long village green and ancient church, and climb up through farmland and onto the open moorland, bypassing Ellingstring, before dropping into the remote valley of Colsterdale. After following the beck along the valley, we head up into wilder moorland with gritstone crags, before passing through coniferous forest as we return into Wensleydale and our starting point.
W18: Freeholders Wood - new
Leave Station Car park 9.15am. Start at West Burton Village Green (GR: SE018867) at 10.00am. 6 Miles Easy/Moderate. £7
Our walk, led by a Yorkshire Dales National Park volunteer, starts in the beautiful village of West Burton with its extensive village green, and takes us to Freeholder's Wood near Aysgarth, where we will spend time looking at the management of this area of ancient woodland. On the way we will walk along the bank of the River Ure, passing the famous and much photographed Aysgarth Falls.
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Start at Richmond Racecourse, Washton Road Car Park (GR: NZ 171020) at 10.15am. 3.7 Miles. Easy. Free just turn up on the day.
This walk takes us over Richmond's Georgian Racecourse and into the hidden Coalsgarth Dale, with the derelict Kilnsgate House, home of Grace Fox the heroine of Peter Robinson’s best seller ‘Before the Poison'. This lovely dale takes us up to Coalsgarth Gate and along the edge with fine views of the Cleveland Hills and Teesside. A short walk down the road leads us back to the top of the racecourse with its ruined Grandstand and Judges Hut. It’s an easy walk over the short grass back to the car park.
E6: 'The 100 Best Books for Children' with Brian Alderson
2.30pm; Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL; tickets £5 each; refreshments; bookstall; disabled access.
Local author and owner of an Honorary Doctorate from Newcastle University, Brian Alderson is a respected and influential editor, translator, critic, scholar, collector and curator of children's books. His work as children's books editor at The Times, from 1967-1996, helped establish the place of children's literature in the nation's cultural life. He has also served as President of the Beatrix Potter Society.
Hear Brian talk about his love for, and knowledge about, all children's writing and his newly released book 'The 100 Best Books for Children'.
E7: 'Everest England' with Peter Owen Jones
7.30pm; Richmond Cricket Club DL10 4AR; tickets £7 each; bookstall; disabled access.
Scaling the peaks of Everest is the ultimate physical and mental challenge and remains out of reach to most of us.
Written with stunning imagination and emotional intensity, this book allows ordinary people to embark on their own personal ‘Everest’ without leaving England’s green and pleasant land. Ascending hills of varying sizes whose ascents add up to the same height as Everest, celebrity vicar and countryman Peter Owen Jones (BBC's 'Around the World in 80 Faiths', 'South Downs, England's Mountains Green and 'The New Forest: A Year in the Wild Wood) guides the reader on a road trip covering hand-picked hill-climbs across England.
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