New book features Richmond ‘pootles’

A new book featuring ‘pootles’ from Richmond has been published.

Pootling around Richmond and Swaledale has been released by Richmond Information Centre (RIC).

Two years ago, the volunteer-run RIC published Richmond Walks, a guide to four popular outings from the town.

The booklet has been a big success with locals and visitors.

Donald Kline, from the RIC, said: “Thousands of copies have sold and a third printing is in hand. Since RIC moved into new premises in Richmond’s Market Hall, most visitors leave clutching a copy.

“A follow-up was clearly called for. Dozens of local walkers pitched in, many of them members of Richmondshire Ramblers or Swaledale Outdoor Club.

“When one contributor, Pam Heseltine, described “pootling round the local bridleways with friends”, the title came in a flash of revelation. The result: Pootling Round Richmond and Swaledale. ”

The book launches on December 2 and features eight new, circular outings of four to eight miles.

Four of the walks start in Richmond, four in lower Swaledale, and all are illustrated in full colour, with maps.

Priced at £2.50, Pootling is available from Castle Hill Books in Richmond, from Richmond Information Centre, and from other retailers in Richmond and Reeth. It’s also available, with Richmond Walks, from RIC’s website at