The Malham Experience
"This spectacular walk is the southern Yorkshire Dales classic and
probably the most popular of all walks in the National Park. And that includes
the Three Peaks. The circular course crosses some of the best limestone scenery
in the Dales and in turn visits Janet's Foss waterfall, awesome Gordale Scar,
quiet Malham Tarn and finally the towering limestone scar at Malham Cove."
So says Mike
Brockhurst's web site and for a description of the walk
Bryan, Tony and I took on Thursday, let me direct you to Walking Englishman for a much better write up
and photos than I could manage and
simply embellish it with a few bullet points.
- Janet's Foss: I tried and
failed to climb up to the cave to the right of the waterfall, falling off in the
process and nearly taking Bryan down into the pool with me! I blame the fact that I forgot I still had my
rucksack on. Bryan of course made it up
and reported that it was not worth visiting!
Tony, rock-pooling, found a snotty bully but it wouldn't stay still for
me to take its photograph! He also found
a dead mouse.
- Gordale Scar: Wainwright
describes the way up as a rock climb so we were winding Tony up about this. We saw some heroes (or to be more precise a
heroine) doing a pretty lethal climb straight up the scar. The rock climb that we had to do was trivial
in comparison- little more than a brief scramble with massive foot holes and
hand holes. Indeed I found the rough
path above it harder going as it was steep and very loose. Still, a victory over a certain death situation is well worth celebrating and
attached is the proof that Tony did it- in fact he looks very
relaxed as you will see if you click on the picture of him tackling the tricky
Scar rock climb
- Great Close Mire: A herd
of Belted Galloways plus a Brown Bull that could not decide which was the more
interesting: us or a pretty little heifer.
Tony had his red towel out just in case!
Click on the photo to see the bull's
- Great Close Hill: We added
this to the walk- it was too close to leave out and gave a good view over Malham
Tarn and south to Pendle (once again Hardaker had to concede to a Shore on peak
identification!!). Lunch taken here
(team photo) plus, as the sun was now out, a LOTSW half hour!
Pavement above Malham Cove
Scar: Or is it Watlowes? Wainwright
just calls it Dry Valley. This walk is sometimes described
as a four feature walk (Janet's Foss, Gordale Scar,
Malham Tarn and Malham Cove) but that fails to do
justice to this dramatic approach
to the limestone pavement (with its scary rocking
slabs) at the top of Malham Cove.
- Malham Cove: Two green
woodpeckers identified on the descent and, at the bottom, plenty of dippers in
the stream (human and feathered).
- The Buck. Could not be
passed so called in for a couple of jars.
Not sure we had really earned it this week.
magnificent short(ish) walk with wide variety of tremendous scenery.
Malham Experience is such a fine and distinguished walk
that not long afterwards I repeated it as a family walk.
We all loved it, with the added bonus of the Highland
Cows on the approach road and the hares on Ing Scar
and a grey wagtail at Malham Beck,
near the Cove.
map reference see Map
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- BB0628 Knocking off Wainwrights. Oh! Plus Skiddaw!
- BB0627 Blencathra
and the Mungrisdale Round
- BB0626 The
- BB0625 Les
Garçons de la Botte
- BB0624 The
Crookdale Horseshoe and then some
Selside Pike revisited
Round the Dunny!
The Malham Experience
Old Man Succumbs!
QH2QH High Street (the length thereof)
High Street Racecourse
Well, Well, Well, Wansfell and Troutbeck Tongue
Yewbarrow and a history lesson
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The Corpse Road and beyond
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Angle Tarn with Surprises!
Cragg via Dovedale
in the Sky with Brocken Spectres
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Holme Fell, Black Fell and Electric