This walk in Upper Swaledale visits the area covered in Ian Short’s latest book “Seasons on the Hill Farm” in which, using words and photographs, he describes the farming year of Swaledale Sheep breeders, the Calvert Family. Their farm is situated in Birkdale, the most northerly dale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. From Keld we will follow the River Swale past waterfalls to the confluence of two becks which marks the source of the Swale. We then take a short detour across moorland heather to visit magical Birkdale Tarn. As a photographer and geographer Ian will bring a wealth of knowledge to impart along the way. Please note that Ian will be speaking about his book in Event E4 of our Festival book programme on Monday 21st.
This is a circular walk
Richmond Walking & Book Festival (http://www.booksandboots.org) provides a unique mix of daytime walks and evening talks to both inspire and invigorate you:
Be invigorated: explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales in autumn - enjoy daily walks for amblers, ramblers and serious walkers led by friendly guides, keen to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the Dales.
Be inspired: meet celebrated authors, discover new ones and engage in a full programme of evening book events, and the occasional afternoon talk.
We have a great selection of graded walks to choose from each day, you can embark on an ambitious climb one day and enjoy an historical stroll the next.
Richmond is on the edge of the northern Yorkshire Dales. It is very compact with shops, restaurants, accommodation, a Norman castle, the River Swale within walking distance and, of course, the Dales, very close by.
Easily accessible by road or rail, Richmond is just off the A1 at Scotch Corner and a bus ride from Darlington Railway Station on the East Coast mainline.
Our walks should provide something for everyone, but since your enjoyment and safety are paramount, please note that walk routes may be subject to change by the Leader on the day taking account of weather conditions or conditions underfoot. Only in the most adverse conditions will the walk be cancelled.
Please note - In the interests of other walkers, wildlife and livestock, dogs are not allowed on any festival walks.
All our walks are led by unpaid volunteers who provide their time for the pleasure of passing on their love and knowledge of our wonderful countryside.