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A paradise of landscapes in The Yorkshire Dales

[ The limestone pavement atop Malham Cove | Low Stony Bank above Gordale Scar | Janet's Foss waterfall and plunge pool | The gateway to Gordale invites... | Sheer cliffs of Gordale Scar ]

Malham, a village near Skipton in Yorkshire, is my favourite place in the world.

[ People climbing up between the waterfalls at Gordale Scar ] [ Torrents of water pouring forth from a hole in the cliffs ]A fine afternoon's walk would take the intrepid explorer anticlockwise in a large circle starting from the village and taking in the varied sights of Janet's Foss waterfall in Gordale, then climbing up the waterfalls (!) at Gordale Scar before advancing upwards to New Close, across Malham Lings to Great Close Scar and Malham Tarn, before returning via The Dry Valley, Ewe Moor and the stunning Malham Cove, then finally climbing down the stone steps to Malham Beck and following the path back to the village.

I'd been here many times in my childhood, and later in my youth as soon as I could drive here with friends; these times made some idyllic summer memories. While working around Yorkshire, I would often come and camp here as a place of 'home'. I've since been here on many photographic missions, but it wasn't until autumn 2003 that I discovered Gordale, returning in October 2005. In December 2005, I coerced Justine and Duncan to accompany me back up Gordale Scar.

[ Autumnal parkland on the approach to Malham ]From the village, footpaths lead:

© copyright Malcolm Smith 2005-12-23 - last updated 2007-08-25