Arncliffe/Malham/Goredale

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-08-22

Five of us set out on the walk unsure initially whether the dark rain clouds to the west were going to replace the beautiful sunny morning. The first mile was a steady climb up to and along Yew Cogar Scar. It was, here in the Spring, we had seen many wild orchids. From here the route was an easy undulating walk running roughly parallel with the deep gill formed by Cowside Beck. We eventually reached Malham Tarn and skirted it on the east side to join the Pennine Way which we followed south through a limestone gorge towards the limestone pavement above Malham Cove. We stopped here for lunch with a fabulous view over Ribblesdale with Pendle Hill in the distance.  The rain clouds had disappeared and the weather was perfect. After lunch we took the path to Malham, on to Janet’s Foss and Goredale Scar. Having conducted a thorough risk assessment of the climb up the waterfall (enough to satisfy any H&S geek) we took the detour circumventing the scar and headed north to Street Gate. Due to an ankle injury we took a more direct route back but unfortunately due to a lapse of concentration by the leader missed a turning and ended up having to “yomp” across the hillside to rejoin the correct path. We arrived back in Arncliffe having had an excellent day – a good “craic” with our company, perfect weather, and some outstanding limestone scenery. Harker brothers quote of the day…………….. “Aye, she’ll be pulling my briefs down again tomorrow”……followed by…………”I’m always disappointed when she pulls them up again.”   
I’ll leave the context to your imagination.

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