Today we went on a walk round Malhamdale, it was planned for tomorrow but as the weather forecast was sunshine today and the usual bank holiday rain tomorrow we decided to walk today and clean the house tomorrow!
This was planned as a bit of a photography walk, you see my friend and I have recently started doing a long distance walk each year, this year we walked the westward half of the Bay2Bay walk, 100 miles from Grassington to Barrow in Furness. We only do a maximum of 12 miles a day so we walked it in three main sections to ease the annual leave requirements. The first walk was from Grassington, over Threshfield Moor to Malham. It absolutely threw it down, we’re usually pretty lucky with the weather but not that day…I fell in bog over my knees, we could wring water out of our map at the end and tip it out of our boots. We laughed a lot but we were very wet. Not many photos were taken that day! Our next walk was Malham to Settle. It was a glorious day, sun was shining…camera was on the wrong setting and half the pictures didn’t come out! This wouldn’t be a problem except that it is now tradition that I create a photobook of each long distance walk and Malham was missing!
I found a route on http://www.walkingenglishman.com. We parked near the Buck Inn at Malham, crossed over the pretty bridge to the path up to Janet’s Foss. A pretty streamside woodland walk leads up to the waterfall of Janet’s Foss, which looked spectacular after all the rain we’ve had. We continued up to Gordale Scar which is quite an awe-inspiring place, it makes you feel so small. The path apparently goes up past the waterfall, I took one look at it and decided to take a detour! I have no balance, I know my limits and Gordale scar was definitely off them!
We retraced our steps and eventually joined the old Pennine Way up to Malham Tarn. I say old, as we realised at the end of the walk that our OS map was printed in 1985 and the Pennine Way has moved…I think its time we invested in some new maps. Malham tarn was a peaceful place for our lunch.
We returned to Malham via the new Pennine Way through Watlowes which is a spectacular approach to Malham Cove.
I have to say Malham Cove was a bit like Piccadilly Circus, heaving! We walked across the clints and grikes of the limestone pavement, admired the view before making our way down the steps to the base of the cove. When we visited earlier in the year peregrine falcons were nesting on the crags, volunteers had telescopes set up for us to observe them through. Malham Cove is a beautiful corner of Yorkshire, a reminder of the glaciers that formed much of the landscape, I always think of it as a bit like the Niagara Falls without the water.
A short walk down and we were back in Malham village. We walked about 9 miles in total, taking about 4 hours.