Richmond's ever-popular Walking and Books Festival is back with a bang, after two years of Covid interruptions.
The programme of 40 events runs 16-25 September - a beautiful Goldilocks time of year in the northern Yorkshire Dales (neither too hot nor too cold). Walks range from easy strolls to really-rather-serious yomps over hill and dale, and there are a few 'specials' as well, such as Town walks (including one led by a Victorian policeman) and Well-being walks.
For people of a more sedentary persuasion, or walkers who simply want to take time out, the Festival also has a series of fascinating author talks, on pilgrim paths, crime-busting, the Brontës' walks, history, trees, love, archaeology, refugees - basically life, the universe and everything... There'll also be talks and activities for children, a poetry open-mic session and a bookfair. Phew!
For details of all this fun, visit booksandboots.org. Tickets are on sale from today!