W10: High Fells Challenge 2 – Leg 3 – The Shunners
Leave Station car park at 9.00am Start at Hardraw (GR: SD866912) at 10.00am 10 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)
After the diabolical weather last year, we have been asked to repeat this walk so you can see what last year’s group missed! We start 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 year’s Challenge at 2,349ft. Straddling Swaledale and Wensleydale, on a clear day you can see all the High Fells we will have visited on both last year's and this year’s Challenge. 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, although sadly most of the wild flowers that thrive here in summer will be over. If you have time and energy after the walk a visit to Hardraw Force waterfall is well worth the small charge.
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W11: Wensleydale by Foot and Train - new
Leave Station car park at 9.15am. Start at Leyburn Market Place at 9.45am. We will finish our walk in Redmire in time to take the 15.55hrs train back to Leyburn and our cars. 8 miles. Moderate. £7 (Rail ticket costs £5 extra to be purchased on the day).
Leaving Leyburn Market Place we walk along the limestone escarpment of Leyburn Shawl with views opening out over Wensleydale. You will hear tales of Mary Queen of Scots and Bolton Castle, our final destination. Descending towards the River Ure we cross over the Wensleydale Railway, a heritage line which will transport us back from Redmire Station. We can admire Bolton Hall, the present-day home of Lord Bolton before following field and woodland paths to view his earlier, less comfortable, castle home before catching the 15.55hrs train back to Leyburn.
W12: Walden and Coverdale Round
Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start West Burton Village Green (GR: SE018867) at 9.45am.13 Miles. Moderate/Hard. £7
We start from West Burton, considered by many to be one of the prettiest villages in Yorkshire with a big open green and a lovely waterfall. After making our way along the little-known Walden Valley we climb up and over the fell to the lovely dale of Coverdale with great views on all sides. Re-crossing the fell back into Wensleydale we finish our walk beside Cauldron Falls – much loved by Yorkshire Dales photographers.
E4: Festival Reading Group with Nuala Ellwood, author of 'Day of the Accident'
7.30pm; Richmond Library DL10 4AE; tickets £10 including a copy of the book; BOOKING ESSENTIAL AS NUMBERS RESTRICTED; refreshments available; bookstall; disabled access.
Sixty seconds after she wakes from a coma, Maggie's world is torn apart. The police tell her that her daughter Elspeth is dead and that she drowned when the car Maggie had been driving plunged into the river. Maggie remembers nothing and when she begs to see her husband Sean, the police tell her that he has disappeared. He was last seen on the day of her daughter's funeral.
What really happened that day at the river?
Read the book, meet Nuala, who teaches Creative Writing at York St John University, and discuss what happened...
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