What do you get when you combine glorious countryside, walks & books? The boots and books combination results in Richmond Walking and Book Festival, now in its 15th year and run by a small team of volunteers.
This year’s event takes place a little later than usual, to avoid the cycling crowds, and will run from 28th September to 6th October.
The programme is really varied, taking account of different levels of ability, with easy, relatively flat walks to more ambitious climbs and longer rambles. Some of the walks cover famous sights such as Gunnerside and Surrender Bridge or part of the Pennine Way.
Others follow routes through lesser known dales like Coverdale, and tell interesting local stories and legends along the way.
You could simply enjoy a short wander through history, weaving in and out of Richmond’s intriguing nooks and wynds, join a ghost walk, or combine a walk with a trip on Wensleydale Railway.
There’s the chance to visit the last remaining boot manufacturer in England, Altberg, as well as enjoying other events with founder Castle Hill Bookshop.
Authors like Yorkshire Vet, Julian Norton, and MP Rachel Reeves will talk about their writing and experiences. Cicerone Publishers will be celebrating 50 years of writing their fantastic guidebooks
For full details of the extensive programme and to book events so you don’t miss out, take a look at their website