Time  2 hours 41 minutes

Coordinates 847

Uploaded March 22, 2014

Recorded August 2012

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near Malham, England (United Kingdom)

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Itinerary / Itinerary: Malham - Malham Cove - Limestone Pavement - Shorkley Hill - Gordale - Janet's Foss - Malham

Effective Time / Walking Time: 1h45 '

This is a very peaceful and pleasant walk through one of the most popular corners of the Yorkshire Dales, which is very popular for family groups on a weekend to spend the day. The Yorkshire Dales bring together some of the most characteristic landscapes of the "British countryside", which you are sure to have in mind: green valleys and gentle reliefs where light streams or rivers of calm and calm waters flow through; Spots upholstered by the ubiquitous English sheep and that only in the high parts they show some rocky cliffs, never high, everything is proportionate and perfect, everything is "greatness". And indeed that is what you find in the Yorkshire Dales. And according to the time of the year but also very often, with lots of rain and fog that give a ghostly air to the tallest terrain and a magical air in its forests.

Well, without much poetry, this route can be enjoyed both with good and bad weather. From the town of Malham, you can follow a very fine road that goes north, heading the right bank of Malham Beck to the foot of some formidable cliffs that make up this kind of natural cave. Another option from the village itself is on the left bank of the river, which begins at a higher level and descends to the river to retrace the other path, which is what our group did.

In Malham Cove it is interesting to see how the natural watershed of the Malham Beck is produced by the base of the limestone wall. The place is splendid, you can meet with a group of hanging climbers and groups of bird watchers. We take a 50-mile road and take a path with some stretches of stairs that climbs to the top of the rocky barrier on the right. This is really the only stretch of climb along the entire route. Once you have finished, you will come to an area that says it very appropriately Limestone Pavement. It is the layer surface of the limestone bank that forms Malham Cove and is completely diaclasada (fractured). A small road of giants! From here you can see the whole "dale" or valley with the town of Malham in the background.

We will follow the edge of the cliff east-southeast, crossing pasture lands. Great landscape if daylight allows it, but it was not our case. The road glides gently, first climbing and still descending, crossing different walls of the plots (everything is parceled in this country!) Until crossing a point on a road. We continue down to the bottom of another valley where the Gordale Beck runs. At this point you can go back north to a place called Gordale Scar, it is again the same rock band that cuts the gully and forms a waterfall. But if we continue the path in the south, this goes into the forest. We reset the stream downstream along its right bank and pass through a waterfall (Janet's Foss), with a fairytale that lived in a cave behind the waterfall. In a more pragmatic way, the shepherds traditionally used the deep gorg in front to spit and disinfect the sheep.

The bucolic route through the forest is not a loss and it will bring us back to Malham, where its bridge and some nice inns and pubs for a drink or some good combs stand out. Enjoy the experience and accompany your time, cheers!
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Gordale Beck

Once you have arrived at Gordale Beck there is the option to climb the stream until you reach Gordale Scar, where the valley is cut by the limestone wall that also forms Malham Cove, the valley closes and ends in another waterfall If you encourage yourself, you can also ascend, now it's a little bit scary. And towards the highlands of the dales!
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Limestone Pavement

Giant road formed by the network of open diaclasis (fractures) that compartmentalize the roof of the limestone layer as a cobblestone.
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Malham

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Malham Cove

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