Gordale Scar & Malham Cove

Name of walk Gordale Scar & Malham Cove
Date of walk 2019-07-12
Distance walked (miles) 6
Duration of walk 4 hours 0 minutes
Weather sunshine
Peaks on walk None
Walked with Ged
Parking Malham car park

On Friday Ged and I drove to Malham in Yorkshire to walk to Gordale Scar and Malham Cove. We parked at the main car park, which was empty when we arrived, but totally full on our return.

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The old Blacksmith's Forge. The bridge is behind.

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Crossing the bridge.

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There are stepping stones over the water. Looking back at Malham Methodist Church.

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The route to Janet's Foss is very easy to follow.

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A view over to Malham Cove.

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We enter woodland and follow Gordale Beck upstream.

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Janet's Foss is the mythological home of Janet (or Jennet) Queen of the Fairies who was supposed to live in the cave behind the falls.

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The waterfall has deposited a large mass of Tufa.

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Another more accessible cave can just be seen partially hidden by tree branches. Ged went in.

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Another visitor takes our photo.

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We walk on towards Gordale Scar.

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The gorge has overhanging sides and is over 300ft tall with a small waterfall. The gorge was formed by glacial melt water which either scoured the rock apart or formed a cave which subsequently collapsed.

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Rock climbers on the wall adds a sense of scale.

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It really is impressive!

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There is a route up by the waterfall, but it is a difficult climb. The two people in the photo attempted the climb but came back.

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View back out the gorge.

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Ged investigates the waterfall and surrounding Tufa.

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Last look back as we walk the mile over to Malham Cove.

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We approach the cove from above.

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Malham Cove is 230ft high.

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Looking along the path we will take back to Malham.

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We find a lunch spot with a view.

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We shared our lunch! No peregrines spotted.

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We move on to the limestone pavement. Looking back to our lunch spot.

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Plenty of plants this time of year to be found in the grikes.

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We head down the 400 steps.

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We make for the base of the cove.

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Impressive! There are two climbers on the cliff face (bottom right) which add scale.

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A stream issues from the base of the limestone cliff. At the end of the Ice Age there was a waterfall here that was taller than Niagara Falls. On the 6th December 2015, following Storm Desmond, the waterfall reappeared for the first time in living memory, briefly becoming the tallest unbroken waterfall in England.

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I walk up to the first level, where the climbers had their base, to take this photo.

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We set off back to Malham.

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Bullocks made it interesting to get through the gate!

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View back to Malham Cove.

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Limestone walls.

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We stop in Malham for a drink in the pub, before driving to Malham Tarn to park at Water Sinks car park for a short walk along the Pennine Way to the tarn.

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Malham Tarn lies largely over Silurian slates covered with thick glacial drift and marl deposits.

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Malham Tarn House stands to the north of the Tarn, built by Walter Morrison to replace Lord Ribblesdale's hunting lodge. It is now an outdoor pursuits centre.

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The boat house.

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Last view of Malham Tarn as we head back to the car, driving home via Settle and Giggleswick.

Our main walk was 6.4 miles and took us four hours, including lunch. It was an easy walk and well sign-posted. Another one for the geologists!

Jo.

 

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