Thursday 3rd April 2008
Start Point : Malham (SD 900 627)
Distance : 7.0 miles Height Ascended : 390 metres
Today’s walk closely followed A. Wainwright’s Gordale Scar, Malham Tarm & Malham Cove walk in his book
‘Walks in Limestone Country’ which he describes as :-
‘Limestone scenery at its very best and most impressive. A superb walk in unique surroundings’.
The approach to Gordale Scar from
Gordale Beck below Janet's Foss
The dramatic approach to Gordale Scar
Gordale Scar a great limestone gorge near Malham some 400 feet deep.
It is a spectacular feature of the Craven Fault and believed to be the remains
of a huge underground cavern whose roof collapsed around the time of the last ice age
The climber on the huge boulder at the foot of the gorge gives some idea of scale.
(I decided to avoid this potentially slippy climb and take a more sedate route up and around the western edge of the ravine)
Looking south from the climb up New Close Knotts.
Looking down on
Looking down to Gordale Scar
Another spectacular view of Gordale Scar (ample reward for the detour)
Limestone cliffs at the upper end of Gordale Scar
The smooth grassy tops of Malham Lings and a rare break in the otherwise overcast skies
Boxers on tour - Millie, Martha and Bruce
Malham Tarn House (and boathouse) across Malham Tarn
Martha and Bruce cooling off near Water Sinks
Approaching the top of Malham Cove
Limestone pavement above Malham Cove and the characteristic Clints (the blocks) and Grykes (the gaps)
Looking down on the
Malham Cove and Malham Beck
More characteristic drystone wall field boundary markings north of Malham village