Whole Programme

W1: Carlton-in-Coverdale – Old Ways and Dark Deeds

Saturday 28 Sept 2019

Leave Station Car park 9.00am. Start Carlton-in-Coverdale Village Hall (GR: SE069847) at 9.45am. 9 Miles. Moderate. £7


This walk explores picturesque Coverdale.  We follow lanes and a pretty riverside path to the little village of Horsehouse, now a quiet back-water but once a crossroads on major East-West and North-South stagecoach and pack-horse routes.  We hear the story of the murderous landlady of one of the former inns on the old road into Nidderdale, then return along a lovely upland bridle path with fine long-distance views. There are a couple of short, sharp climbs but the walk is otherwise on gentle grades.


W2: Gunnerside and Surrender Bridge – new

Saturday 28 Sept 2019

Leave Station car park at 9.15am. Start Gunnerside Village Hall (GR: SD952982) at 10.00am. 8 Miles Moderate. £7


This walk is on good paths and vehicle tracks throughout. We start in the village of Gunnerside with a stiff climb up onto Melbecks Moor and over the moor to Moor House. We cross to Hard Level Gill and down to Surrender Bridge. We will see lots of evidence of the former lead mining industry, which shapes much of the landscape in this part of the Dale. We finish along part of the Swaledale Marathon route back to Gunnerside, along a path which gives superb views up Swaledale.


W3: Visit to Altberg Factory and walk to Willance’s Leap

Saturday 28 Sept 2019

Meet at Altberg Factory shop on Gallowfields Trading Estate DL10 4TG at 10.00am. 6.5 Miles. Moderate. £7 

 

Altberg is the last remaining boot manufacturer in England, and we will start the day at the factory to see how the boots are designed and made - for walking, the army and biking. There’s time for a cup of tea and a look round the excellent factory shop before a walk along Whitcliffe Scar with great views over lower Swaledale to hear about the famous but gruesome legend of Willance’s Leap.

 

SPONSORED BY: Altberg


T1: Richmond’s Wynds and Lanes

Saturday 28 Sept 2019

Meet at Castle Hill Bookshop at 2.15pm. Free but please book a place. Donations to Richmondshire Museum most welcome.


This walk explores Richmond’s Wynds and Lanes offering big views, intriguing nooks, secret places and a chance to hear of the people who lived in them. The walk is mostly on pavements but also has some steep slopes and steps.


E1: 'How to be a Cyclist: An A-Z of Life on Two Wheels' with John Deering & Phil Astley

Saturday 28 Sept 2019

7.30pm; Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL; tickets £7 each; refreshments available; bookstall; disabled access.

 

Hear John Deering & Phil Astley explain why no bicycle repair was ever made easier by turning your bike upside down; white shorts are for other people and a helmet perched on the back of your head is perfect if you ride your bike backwards.

 

Many pitfalls await the unwary middle-aged-man-in-Lycra, but fear not, for their Guide is here to steer them through choppy waters and is an essential manual and source of wisdom for those who would rule the road.

 

SPONSORS: include ARTHUR CAYGILL CYCLES, RICHMOND, more information to follow.


W4: High Fells Challenge 2 – Leg 1 – Wild Boar Fell – new

Sunday 29 Sept 2019

Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at “The Thrang” (on B6259) (GR: NY783005) at 10am. 11 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked). Please access the start from the north via the A66 and Kirkby Stephen to avoid any traffic issues linked to the Cycling Event.


We start our Challenge in the north of the area in the Eden Valley and Mallerstang, to climb the readily identifiable Wild Boar Fell.  Starting from 'The Thrang' we climb the Old Road passing the attractive Eden River Millenium Sculpture, crossing the exposed limestone pavement to the well-hidden Hell Gill. Then it’s down to Hell Gill Force and across the road before heading up the other side of the valley and onto Swarth Fell. From here a long ridge leads us onto the summit of Wild Boar Fell 2,323ft. We will admire the stone pillars built by The Victorians and the views of Mallerstang, before the steep descent past High Dolphinsty back to The Thrang.


W5: God’s Bridge, Bowes Castle and the Pennine Way - new

Sunday 29 Sept 2019

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start at Bowes car park (GR: NY996136) at 10.00am. 10 Miles. Moderate. £7.


We pass Bowes Castle and East Mellwaters before walking to the natural feature of God’s Bridge. Onto open moorland, we follow the Pennine Way to Race Yate. We return by an alternative Pennine Way route, past a heather thatched farmhouse and back into Bowes, passing the building that inspired Charles Dicken’s Dotheboys Hall on our return.


W6: High Force and Low Force - new

Sunday 29 Sept 2019

Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start Bowlees Car Park (GR: NY905281) at 10.00am. 7 Miles (with optional extension). Easy/Moderate. £7


Our walk takes us west over Howick Moor with great views of the North Pennine Fells, dotted with white farm buildings, and the impressive outcrop of the Whin Sill. We drop down to the River Tees and follow the Pennine Way along the riverbank, passing the dramatic High Force waterfall before arriving at the gentle Low Force waterfalls.  After making our way back to Bowlees we should have plenty of time to stop off at the visitor centre to look at the displays and have a drink and a cake, or alternatively you may wish to wander up into the nature reserve and see picturesque waterfalls and Gibson’s Cave. There will be plenty of photo opportunities, so remember to bring the camera! Whilst generally easy please note there will be one reasonable incline, and a number of streams to ford on this walk.

 


T2: Ghost Walk

Sunday 29 Sept 2019

Meet at Friary Gardens at 2.00pm (opposite Georgian Theatre). Adults £4 Children £3 


Dressed in period costume, Yorkshire story-teller Rhoda Fraser reveals stories and legends of Richmond passed down through the generations, plus some ‘scary stories’ from more recent times.


E2: 'On Call with a Yorkshire Vet' with TV Vet, Julian Norton

Sunday 29 Sept 2019

7.30pm; Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL, £7, refreshments available; bookstall; disabled access.

Taken from his popular column in The Yorkshire Post, TV's vet, Julian Norton's new beautifully illustrated book 'On Call with a Yorkshire Vet' is the follow-up to his successful 'Diary of a Yorkshire Vet' and features more anecdotes from his veterinary work in North Yorkshire.

 

Hear Julian talk about his work that has included treating sheep, ponies, horses and a meerkat with a broken tail.

 

His other books include 'Horses, Heifers and Hairy Pigs – A Diary of a Yorkshire Vet' and 'A Yorkshire Vet Through The Seasons' all reflecting a vet's work in this beautiful county.

 

SPONSORS: to be confirmed


W7: High Fells Challenge 2 – Leg 2 – Lovely Seat – new

Monday 30 Sept 2019

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 2,214ft has fine views over Wensleydale and its tributary valleys, and tomorrows 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.    


W8/8A: The Feldom Wander – new starting point

Monday 30 Sept 2019

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 Hellwith - Walk and Talk

Monday 30 Sept 2019

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.


SPONSORED BY: The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust


H1: Sandbeck Circuit

Monday 30 Sept 2019

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

Monday 30 Sept 2019

7.30pm; Richmond Town Hall; tickets £7 each; Fairtrade refreshments; 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: to be confirmed

 


W10: High Fells Challenge 2 – Leg 3 – The Shunners

Tuesday 1 Oct 2019

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 years 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.

 


W11: Wensleydale by Foot and Train - new

Tuesday 1 Oct 2019

Leave Station car park at 9.15am. Start at Leyburn Station at 9.45am. We will finish our walk in Redmire in time to take the 15.55 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 15.55pm train back to Leyburn.


W12: Walden and Coverdale Round

Tuesday 1 Oct 2019

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.


W13: High Fells Challenge 2 – Leg 4 – Great Knoutberry – new

Wednesday 2 Oct 2019

Leave Station car park at 9.00am Start at Widdale Bridge (GR: SD827879) at 10.00am 9 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)


Today we tackle one of the less well-known Fells starting in Widdale near Hawes. A good track takes us gently up the fellside and around the foot of the summit, before we climb over Pikes Edge to reach the summit of Great Knoutberry 2,205 ft. We descend across boggy ground to the pretty Widdale Great Tarn and on to Widdale Fell, before descending through the managed plantation back to Widdale. 


W14: A Masham Circular - new

Wednesday 2 Oct 2019

Leave Station car park 9.00am.  Start at Masham Market Place (GR: SE225807) at 9.45am. 11 Miles. Moderate. £7


A walk offering plenty of interest and fine views. We will be in the Nidderdale AONB reaching good viewpoints of Colsterdale, the Nidderdale moorland and Leighton Reservoir. From the Market Place in the lovely town of Masham we walk upriver alongside the River Ure via Marfield Wetlands Nature Reserve, across to the picturesque village of Fearby and then ascend to the mysterious Druids Wood and Temple before returning via Sole Beck, Lobley Hall and the Swinton Estate.


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