Richmond has a long and illustrious horse racing history dating from the 16th Century until the closure of the Low Moor Racecourse in 1891. The area is now owned and administered by The Burgage Pastures Committee who permit public access to the land. The route will take the group across the racecourse site and then climb up the beautiful and surprisingly isolated valley of Coalsgarth with its old limestone kilns and abandoned farmhouses to Coalsgarth Gate. Here the trail takes the bridle path up hill to The High Moor, the first of the possible original sites of horse racing in Richmond before the move to The Low Moor. The route will then return via The Out Moor to cross the Marske Road to the other ‘High Moor’ which has traditionally been held to be the site of Richmond’s annual races before 1765. The route will return via Willance’s Leap and take in two of the famous racing stables on the Hurgill Road before returning to the Low Moor to complete the final furlong! Leader Graham Berry will describe the rich history of the various racing landmarks on the route. He will be giving a Festival talk (E9) on Wednesday 22nd September, based on his book which has recently been published by the Burgage Pastures Committee as ‘A Short History of Richmond Racecourse and its Grandstand’.
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.