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Limestone, waterfalls and Malham

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Malham is a little village in the heart of the Yorkshire dales. The nearest town would be Gargrave, though the village itself has a few pubs and shops to keep hikers happy.

The whole area is carved in stunning limestone, giving it a unique siver grey appearance that can be dazzing in the summer sun.

Most people visit the area for a walk that encompasses 3 well known feature:-

Goredale Scar
Janet's Foss
Malham Cove

All names that give you no idea what they are really.

The Scar is a huge collapsed cave, worn away over the millennia buy the water slowly dissolving the limestone.

The Foss is actually a waterfall - apparently it's a Norwegian word for waterfall. Again, this is a dainty 15 foot high waterfall that has built up a curved path to fall over with all the lime deposits, so much so that there's a little cave behind it where "janet" used to live (allegedly).

The biggest attraction has to be the Cove though. A geological haven, a rock climber's dream, and just awe inspriring to anyone who walks to the edge an looks over. It's 300 foot tall overhanging cliff with a stram that magically appears from the bottom. The top of it is a wierd limestone pavement, theories abound as to how it was made.

These 3 features are just highlights in an amazing part of the country. The walk I took these photos on is about 4 miles round, though you have to havfe a head for heights as you have to scramble up the lower waterfall in Goredale scar to do it!

I've been going there since I was 5, and it still has a profound effect each time I see it.

Limestone, waterfalls and Malham Images

Entrance to Goredale Scar
Inside Goredale Scar, here you can see the collapsed roof and lower falls
Looking down from the top of the cove to the path below
Janet's Foss - There's a little cave behind the waterfall, formed from years of build up of Limestone, that an old lady called Janet lived in...


Taylo  7
8 Sep 2010 - 8:58 PM

Just managed to get there a couple of weeks ago. What a truly wonderful place for those of all abilities (photographic and fitness). One question though is, I was looking for the very photogenic 'lone tree' on the limestone pavements but could not find it! Now it's location is bugging me. Do you know where it is?Wink

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dhandjh  6 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2017 - 6:59 PM

I spent a couple of days here in the middle of February - nice and quiet and the scenery and light were wonderful. Janet Foss was flowing well.

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