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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Sun 29 Jun - Malham Cove/Gordale Scar

Date: Sunday June 29th
Meet: 10.30am+
Start: 11:00am
Where: Malham Car Park, SD900627
(run by Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority; cost £4.20 - or if you can find free parking around the village meet us in the car park)
Grade: 3-4 (some scrambling involved)
Distance: ~7-8 miles
Time: ~3-4 hours
Description: From the car park we will take the signed path to Janet’s Foss waterfall, then across the road & up Gordale Beck to Gordale Scar. We ascend this via a short scramble which should be straightforward enough even for those with little experience (it is described as having “bulky ledges for your feet” and with “handholds [that] are basin-shaped” but a head for heights is useful). If the weather or volume of water coming over the falls precludes the scramble we return to the road to pick up an alternative path. Assuming we carry on as planned, we will then walk to Malham Tarn before turning back & arrive at the top of Malham Cove itself, via Ing Scar. Once we have descended, we can stop to look out for the Peregrine Falcons (& any climbers attempting the routes); there is also the option to explore the cove via the climbers’ traverse which leads all around the cove at a height of some metres – this will not be part of the walk proper so anyone wishing to do this can leave the group at that point (unless of course everyone wants to do it) – and is probably best avoided if wet.

As this is quite a short walk, and a good drive to get there, we may explore a bit more & deviate from the planned route if the opportunity arises. This will depend on how the group feels on the day & the weather etc. It should also give us ample time to explore Malham village itself, but please bring a packed lunch to eat, and the normal waterproofs etc.

Please let me know before Saturday if you are intending to come, as I am out all day Saturday and may not have any mobile reception.

Al 07584 300306

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