"Where can I walk my dog?" We get that question all the time at the Info Centre, and the answer is "Almost everywhere". But if you're visiting and want some more specific ideas, here are a few...
The Town Trail. Just follow your nose round town, or pick up a copy of Richmond Walks (£2) from the Information Centre for a more informed ramble.
The Batts: a green riverside area near The Station. Good for splashing!
The Easby Loop. 2.5 mile riverside walk from The Station. Another of the four enjoyable circular rambles in Richmond Walks.
The Old Racecourse, just north of town. Great for flat-out galloping!
Our page on nearby Castles and stately homes flags up all those which allow dogs in their parks and grounds, with a 🐕 symbol.
Scorton Lakes nature reserve; 350 acres of lovely lakes, level tracks and recent re-wilding, just a few miles from Richmond. Pick up a free leaflet/map at the Info Centre.
And don't forget our free, downloadable FAQsheet on Dog-friendly Richmond, which lists dog-friendly cafes, pubs, accommodation and other walks in the area.
(As a responsible dog owner, you don't need reminding to bag and remove poo - and not hang the bag on a stile or a tree... Or that any sign urging you to "keep dogs under control" should be read as "on a lead, please!")
Happy walking. Arf, arf!
This Saturday, 12 August, local clubs and societies will compete for your attention in the Market Place. Crocheting, bog-snorkelling, spider-collecting - these are among the many activities which probably won't be represented, but sports, music, dance, amateur dramatics, local history and other activities certainly will be.
Just turn up on Saturday, any time between 10 and 1. The clubs and societies will be under the Trinity Church tower. And they're not only looking for members - many are also looking for volunteers. So if you're new to Richmond and want to get stuck in, this is a great place to start.
If you don't want to wait til Saturday, visit our Community groups page - still no bog-snorkelling, but you'll find singing, rambling, gardening, local history, Scrabble, AmDram and lots of other groups, all waiting to welcome you as a member or a volunteer. Get stuck in!
PS: if you're old enough to remember the 'Join a club!' biscuit ad, click on the image above to be musically transported back to 1985...
One of our favourite Richmond gardens is having a rare Open Day. If you haven't yet visited then you should!
Mr Yorke's Garden is just a few minutes' flat walk from the Market Place. An 18th century walled garden, with fabulous views of Richmond Castle and Culloden Tower, it will open 13:00 - 17:30 on Sunday 13 August.
The garden was built by John Yorke, who lived in a mansion by the River Swale. The mansion was demolished in the early 19th century, and the walled garden became a market garden. The owners have restored it over the last 11 years, adding shrubs, trees, lawns, herbaceous borders, roses, ponds and a vegetable garden around the existing trees and pathways.
Admission, from 1 to 5:30 pm, costs £6 (free for under-16s). The opening will benefit a wonderful local charity, Just the Job, which provides work and training opportunities for adults with learning difficulties.
Teas and cakes will be available for sale. Note that the garden is on a hill, and while the main grass paths are accessible with a wheelchair, they are quite steep. There is no parking at the garden, but car-parks are nearby and there are often spaces on Newbiggin.
Mr Yorke’s Garden, Cravengate, Richmond, DL10 4RE
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