Yorkshire Dales

Route: Malham

Area: Yorkshire Dales

Date of walk: 4th October 2013

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.8 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

For the third day in a row it was a rainy start to a walk as I set off from the village of Malham. However there was so much natural wonder on this walk that I hardly noticed

The first highlight was the waterfall known as Janet’s Foss, set in an idyllic glade, and flowing copiously thanks to all the rain

This was followed shortly afterwards by Gordale Scar, an awesome ravine with towering limestone cliffs. My intended route was up the waterfalls, but this was out of the question today – it would have been death or drenching, or both, and neither appealed to me

I retraced my steps for a short distance and made my way across to Malham Cove. I’d planned to visit Malham Tarn too but the adverse weather, coupled with the fact that I’d left my cheese and tomato sandwiches in the car, persuaded me to give the Tarn a miss and go directly to the Cove

This was another amazing spectacle, even in the rain, and I stood and gaped for a while before making my way across the slippery limestone pavement. Malham village was within easy reach from here and I was soon back in the car, wet but happy

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