Malham Walk in the Yorkshire Dales

Saturday, June 18.

Malham Walk in the Yorkshire Dales.

Sign for our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandFrom the information centre we were sent off on a one mile walk to Janet’s Foss Falls, wandering through a pastoral countryside filled with fields, buttercups, sheep and old stone barns. Buttercup flowers crowd a wire fence Mountain climber on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandWild flowers crowd a fence. Wild flowers crowd a wire fence on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandAn old stone barn.Yellow field and a stone barn on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandAnd another.
A barn on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandAn unknown wild flower.A purple wild flower on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandWild garlic added a distinct aroma on our Malham walk. We had a bite of a stem – it was a garlic that burns!
Wild garlic adds a distinct aroma on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of England Janet’s Foss waterfall (and playing with motion blur on my Canon point and shoot).
Janet's Foss waterfall on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of England Every fallen tree in the vicinity of the falls had coins embedded in it.Coins embedded in a fallen tree Mountain climber on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandCrazy English people!Coins embedded in a fallen tree near Janet Foss waterfalls on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandAt the information centre we had been warned not to climb up beside the waterfall but there didn’t seem to be any other way out other than to backtrack and Al felt it wasn’t as bad as it looked, saying, “this wasn’t the waterfall she was warning us about…”We were warned not to climb up beside the waterfallThe view from on top of the waterfall.The view from above Janet's Foss waterfall on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandFrom there we found a sign leading us to the Gordale Scar.
A sign for the Gordale Scar on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of England A buttercup-filled field leading to the cliffs.
A buttercup-filled field leading to the cliffs on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandThere are apparently Peregrine falcons nesting in these cliffs but I couldn’t see any.
The cliff walls on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandThe two waterfalls at the Gordale Scar. These were the waterfalls we were warned not to climb but a bunch of people did and one had a rather bad fall. This group is watching as she was being helped back to flatter land.
The two waterfalls at the Gordale Scar on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandMore pastoral scenes…
Trees on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of England…that led to a section that I called the ‘puzzle rocks’.the puzzle rocks on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandThe puzzle rocks on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandA miniature garden in amongst the puzzle rocks on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandThese were a lot trickier to walk on than they looked, uneven ground with tons of fairly deep gaps just waiting to twist an unwary ankle!A miniature garden in amongst the puzzle rocks on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandThere were accidental miniature gardens within the gaps. A miniature garden in amongst the puzzle rocks on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandThere were a LOT of stairs leading down from the puzzle rocks, 260 of them.Pastoral landscape with a lot of stairs on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandFortunately we were going down, not up.Stairs Mountain climber on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandPhew!!! Made it!Green is the primary colour on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandCrazy cliff wall climber.Mountain climber on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandMountain climber on our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of EnglandOur Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales ended appropriately in this old stone pub where we shared a table with two Scots.Our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of England ended in this old stone pub

Journal of our Malham walk in the Yorkshire Dales of England

They told us of a  popular ITV series hosted by Julia Bradbury called Best Walks, which had unfortunately caused the Malham walk to be a tad too popular for them. They also mentioned Alfred Wainwright, who did a ton of walks which he wrote about and illustrated in the 50s and 60s.

Several of you have asked about why are the coins embedded in the trees. I hadn’t a clue but found this article which describes the practice of hammering coins into fallen trees as ‘wishing trees’, similar to a wishing well. This apparently dates way back to the 1700s in the UK. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2036581/Mystery-wishing-trees-studded-coins-illness-away-sick.html

More of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Nature.

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15 responses to “Malham Walk in the Yorkshire Dales

  1. I love that part of the country though I don’t know it well. We went to Goatshead ages ago to see where Heartbeat was filmed while we were staying with the children in Scarborough.

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