R2S Archive 2012 - 2018

Ride2Stride - the Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival


Talks 2012

The festival features a number of talks by renowned walkers, campaigners, archaeologists and authors, who will share their knowledge and love of the area.

The talks all take place in Settle. There is a small charge to cover the costs of room hire.

Dances with Bears -new research about the first people in the Yorkshire Dales.
Talk by Tom Lord.
Friday, May 4, 15.00. St John's Church Hall, Settle. £5.00
Archaeologist and conservationist Tom Lord explains new research about the Yorkshire Dales at the end of the last Ice Age. The first people to arrive about 12,400 BC sought out and explored caves lived in by brown bears. Using evidence from Victoria Cave Tom Lord will suggest why.
There is an associated walk up to Victoria Cave earlier in the day.
Victoria Cave & Tom Lord (inset)
History underfoot - aspects of Ingleborough's past
Talk by David Johnson.
Thursday, May 3, 19.30. Friends Meeting House, Settle. £2.00.
Dr David Johnson is the author of Ingleborough, Landscape and History. Here he gives a fascinating account of human occupation around and on the most famous of Yorkshire's Three Peaks, including some of the most recent discoveries of the Ingleborough Archaeology Group, of which he is chairman.
Ingleborough with David Johnson (inset left) and the Selside excavation (inset right)
Rambling and Railways
Talk by Colin Speakman.
Monday, May 7, 14.00. St John's Church Hall, Settle. £5.00.
Well known author, rambler and campaigner Colin Speakman helps round off the Festival with a lively account of the close links between Railways and Ramblers. A look at how railways have encouraged rambling as a popular countryside activity, and examples of some wonderful railways, from the Settle-Carlisle to examples in other parts of England, Wales, France, Germany, Austria and Hungary, where scenic railways have enabled generations of walkers to access and experience the countryside in an environmentally friendly way.
Ramblers board atrain in Ryedale, 1964 (photo: TE Walker) with Colin Speakman (inset, photo Yorkshire Post).