Whole Programme

W15: Hudswell and Hag Woods Nature Walk

Wednesday 2 Oct 2019

Start at Station car park at 9.30 am. 6.5 miles. Moderate. £7

Join the local National Trust Ranger for this popular walk through Hudswell and Hag Woods. We’ll be identifying flora and fauna as we go and discussing the management of these important woodlands and riverside meadows. Though on woodland tracks on the edge of Richmond, these are steep in places with some steps.

SPONSORED BY: The National Trust

H2: Pallet Hill Pond

Wednesday 2 Oct 2019

Start at Booth Hall, Catterick Village. GR SE 241981.DL10 7LD at 11.15 am. 1.5 Miles. Easy. Free just turn up on the day.  Optional soup lunch at the end (Small charge).


This short walk takes us around the Village Green and past the Manor House, before circling the Gravel Pit pond and returning to the Booth Hall for a soup lunch served by volunteers.

T3: Exploring Richmond

Wednesday 2 Oct 2019

Meet outside the Town Hall at 12.00 noon. Free but donations to the Richmond Mayor’s Charity most welcome.

Your costumed guide, a Richmond policeman of 1842, takes you for a walk back in time, lasting just over one hour.


E4: Festival Reading Group with Nuala Ellwood, author of 'Day of the Accident'

Tuesday 1 Oct 2019

7.30pm; Richmond Library DL10 4AE; ticket prices to be confirmed; 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. That she drowned when the car Maggie had been driving plunged into the river. Maggie remembers nothing. When Maggie 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...


SPONSORS: include CRACCL (Catterick, Richmond & Colburn Community Library)


E5: Cicerone Publishers - 50 Years of Writing Guidebooks

Wednesday 2 Oct 2019

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


Cicerone, one of the UK’s leading outdoor activity guidebook publishers, is 50 years old this year and their celebrations include the publication of a commemorative book 'Fifty Years of Adventure'.


After many years of climbing and running on the roads, their Business Development Manager, Joe Williams, realised he wasn't any good at either of these and has since found that he is better at mountain ultra running. Hear him talk about Cicerone's work, a selection of their books and a love of the outdoors.


SPONSORS: details to follow

W16: High Fells Challenge 2 – Leg 5 – Baugh Fell & Knoutberry Hawe – new

Thursday 3 Oct 2019

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 1,150 ft. 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 2,096', 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. 

W17: Across to Colsterdale

Thursday 3 Oct 2019

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

Thursday 3 Oct 2019

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. 

SPONSORED BY: The National Trust

H3: Coalsgarth

Thursday 3 Oct 2019

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

Thursday 3 Oct 2019

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'.


SPONSORS: to be confirmed


E7: 'Everest England' with Peter Owen Jones

Thursday 3 Oct 2019

7.30pm; Richmond Town Hall; venue to be confirmed; 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.

SPONSORS: to be confirmed

W19: High Fells Challenge 2 – Leg 6 – Rogans Seat, Water Crag and Tan Hill – new

Friday 4 Oct 2019

Leave Station car park at 9.00am Start Keld – Rukin’s Farm car park (GR: NY892012) at 10.00am. 12 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Starting from Keld we set off down the limestone gorge passing through the lead mining archaeology around Crackpot Hall and into Swinner Gill. This steep sided valley takes us up to the ridge at High Stone Man, from where we walk up the shooting track to Rogan's Seat 2,205ft.  No stone seat here but fine views of the extensive grouse moors and lead mining waste.   We head out over the peat hags, and maybe some bog, onto Water Crag 2,192ft. If clear we will see the Tan Hill Inn 1,732ft in the distance, and walk past the old Coal Mines (The Tan) to reach its welcome refreshment.  We will drag ourselves away to head down the Pennine Way back to Keld.


W20: Upper Swaledale Barns - an extended version of the 2018 walk

Friday 4 Oct 2019

Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start Keld – Rukin’s Farm car park (£2 fee) (GR: NY892012) at 10.00am. 8 miles. Moderate. £7

We repeat a very successful special interest walk from last year, but with an extension to Ravenseat and the possibility of a tea-break at the farm owned by the Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen. Field barns and other historic buildings are a characteristic feature of the Yorkshire Dales and particularly so in Swaledale. Starting from Keld this walk across the upper dale focusses on some of the buildings, their previous uses and historical setting, and the memories which local people have of them, whilst of course enjoying all the wider aspects of this world class landscape.  We head for Angram and walk via Black Hill and High Bridge to Ravenseat, before returning via Cotterby Scars to our starting point.

W21: The Magic of Semerwater

Friday 4 Oct 2019

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start Bainbridge Village Green (GR: SD934902) at 10.00am. 9 miles. Moderate. £7

After a break of a number of years we return to a beautiful area, full of interest.  We start the day with a steady climb up a Roman Road, visit the hamlet of Marsett (of Viking origin), cross SSSI marshland, skirt the margin of the largest natural lake in the old North Riding of Yorkshire and follow the shortest river in England.  All whilst enjoying the “long views” of Wensleydale.

E8: 'Women in Westminster' with Rachel Reeves MP

Friday 4 Oct 2019

7.30pm; Georgian Theatre Royal, DL10 4DW; tickets between £6-£10 ONLY from the Georgian Theatre Box Office: 01748 825 252 & www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk; bar; bookstall; disabled access.

Since 1919, a total of 491 women have been elected to Parliament but is was not until 2016 that the total number of women ever elected surpassed the number of male MPs in a single parliament. The achievements of these political pioneers have been remarkable yet the stories of many MPs have often been overlooked. Rachel Reeves (Labour MP, Leeds West) brings the forgotten MPs out from the shadows and looks at the many battles fought by the Women of Westminster.


SPONSORS: to be confirmed

W22: Both Sides of Swaledale – A Downholme Circuit - new

Saturday 5 Oct 2019

Start Station car park 9.00am. 13 Miles. Moderate. £7

This circular walk follows Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route as far as Marske. We then cross to Downholme Village and return by a lovely permissive footpath, which is little known as it is not marked on the map because it lies on MOD land. The whole walk gives astounding views of Lower Swaledale and the Hambleton Hills. A fine circuit with woods, fields and moorland.

W23: Fremington Edge and Calver

Saturday 5 Oct 2019

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start Reeth Village Green (GR: NY892012) at 9.45am. 10 miles. Moderate/Hard. £7

This is a classic walk in this part of the Dale giving great views of both Swaledale and Arkengarthdale – but there is plenty of height to be gained – hence the grading. From Reeth we climb up to Fremington Edge and walk along the top, before dropping down to Storthwaite Hall and on to Arkle Town. We follow the track to an old quarry below Cringley Hill then down to Fore Gill Gate. We climb again to the top of Calver Hill before descending back to the finish in Reeth.

W24: The Historic Environs of Richmond

Saturday 5 Oct 2019

Leave Station car park 9.30am. 6.5 miles. Easy. Duration approx. 3.5 hours.  £7

Starting with a tour of the Grade II listed Richmond Railway Station, we follow the old railway line to visit the impressive ruins of Easby Abbey, one of the best-preserved monasteries of the Premonstratensian 'White Canons'. The neighbouring parish church contains rare 13th century wall paintings. Passing through the delightful hamlet of Easby, with its Georgian Country House, we walk through rural fields and along farm tracks following the line of the Iron Age Scots Dyke, a linear earthwork extending from the River Tees to south of the River Swale. The elegant country park of Aske Hall provides a contrast to the farmland scenery before we return to Richmond.

S1: A Memory Walk at Catterick Racecourse

Saturday 5 Oct 2019

Start at Catterick Racecourse, Catterick Bridge, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 7PE.

10.45am for an 11.00 am start. 2km and 5km walks available. Easy. The walk is free to enter, but is intended as a sponsored walk in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.  


Dementia Friendly Richmondshire are behind this local Memory Walk to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society as part of the national fundraising campaign. Two walks are available. Refreshment and toilet facilities will be available.


We are asking for help by people signing up to take part in the walk and gathering their own sponsorship funding by using the Just Giving or sponsorship form options available on the Alzheimer’s Society website,  https://www.memorywalk.org.uk/ .   Sponsorship forms will also be available to collect at Castle Hill Bookshop. The Group are hoping to raise valuable funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, as well as raising awareness around dementia within our local communities. To join the walk or find out more information please contact jo-anne.simpson@richmondshire.gov.uk 

E9: 'The Lost House Revisited' with Ed Kluz

Saturday 5 Oct 2019

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

Richmond-born artist, Ed Kluz, has a fascination for the sites of lost buildings and the architecture of once-celebrated grand houses. Studying old engravings, plans and descriptions to build a mental picture of a house, he conjures up vanished buildings in all their pomp and, rather than setting them in re-created landscapes, illuminates them with theatrical lighting.


Hear how Ed achieves this and creates stunning images of magnificent, bold and grandiose buildings of the past.


SPONSORS: to be confirmed

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