Visitors to the seventh Alt-berg Walking and Book Festival are enjoying a fantastic Indian summer and some top quality events. Poet Pam Ayres, leading British women climber Adele Pennington and the Book Fair held at Richmond Station have all attracted record audiences.
The first Richmond Walking Festival was started in September 2000 by a small group of local enthusiasts led by Mike Sheehan, owner of Alt-Berg, the Yorkshire boot-makers. Alt-Berg is still making classic leather boots at Mike’s factory in Richmond North Yorkshire, and is the last remaining traditional walking boot manufacturer in the UK.
“With having such poor weather through the summer, our walkers, both on the town walks and in the Dales are so lucky to be enjoying a spell of really good late summer weather.
"The festival has attracted some capacity audiences this year and we are indebted to our main sponsor Alt-berg for their outstanding support of the event,” said festival organiser, Colin Grant.
The festival continues throughout the week with walks and events. On Friday 30th at Richmond School there will be an evening with Baroness Shirley Williams and crime writer Peter Robinson in conversation about their Life in Books.
On Saturday 1st October at the Kings Head there will be a rare opportunity to hear the folk legend Robin Williamson, founder of the influential Incredible String Band, with songs and stories accompanied by Celtic harp and guitar.