Down the canyon, backwards – a (very wet) Yorkshire Dales adventure

Scroll down for video!

For a Yorkshire adventure, head to Malham – in the deep south of the Yorkshire Dales National Park – where one of the best day hikes in the UK awaits.

From the picture-perfect village of Malham – think grassy fields, drystone walls, wandering sheep and a gushing stream – an 8-mile circuit runs out to Malham Cove, up to Malham Tarn and back down Gordale Scar. These are some of England’s most dramatic natural formations, and if you’re halfway fit and have some decent walking gear, they shouldn’t pose any problems.

Unless it starts to rain, and rain, and rain – as it did the last time I visited. Then it becomes a trickier proposition all around, especially if you’re making a movie at the same time – who would be so mad? Ahem.

Harry Potter fans – location alert!

But if you’re lucky, and the weather’s with you, it’s stunning stuff on a sunny day, starting with a stiff climb up the 260-foot high limestone rock amphitheatre that is Malham Cove.

Peregrine falcons soar on the thermals above, while up on top of the cove is the extraordinary pitted and scarred rock landscape known as ‘limestone pavement’. Harry Potter fans – location alert! Scenes from the Deathly Hallows were filmed up here, and the views are stunning.

Then it’s across to Malham Tarn, a stark, serene freshwater lake and nature reserve, before circling back to the village via Gordale Scar, a deep limestone gorge, where some hands and feet scrambling is required to get down the waterfall and back out along the valley.

A complete and utter nightmare

However, take one gorge, add copious amounts of rain, mix in thundering rivulets of water and insanely slippery rocks, and all of a sudden, Gordale Scar doesn’t seem quite as much fun. I may have even referred to it as a “complete and utter nightmare”. Well, to be fair, I was very wet and a bit freaked out.

But I did get back safe and sound, and calmed down enough to make this video.

So enjoy – and I hope you have your own Yorkshire Dales adventure some time. Seriously, this is an amazing walk!

    • It really is beautiful in the Dales and lots of other places in the UK. And I share something of your feeling! But I do love the changing seasons, so think we probably have to put up with the weather for the sake of those!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Yes, I love the changing seasons too. It’s greyness I find depressing. When our sons were children we alternated our main holiday – one year UK, next year abroad – so they got to know and appreciate some of the beautiful spots in their own country.


Why not talk to Jules?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s