Monday 4 May 2015. I met up with Jacqui again today for a short holiday based at the HF’s Newfield Hall in Malhamdale. Our first priority prior to starting the walk was to fuel-up with a cup of tea and a toasted tea cake.
Suitably refreshed, we set out from Malham to head for the waterfall at Janet’s Foss. There was a good flow of water following recent rains and this was also the case at our next stop; Gordale Scar. As we had both climbed up Gordale Scar before, we settled for a few pictures and then followed a diversionary route which took us up on to New Close Knotts where we were rewarded by an excellent view down on the scar some 200ft below.
Regaining the traditional Gordale Scar route, we headed in the direction of Malham Tarn before heading east to pick up the line of the Pennine Way and to descend through Watlowes to the top of Malham Cove. As it was a Bank Holiday there were hundreds of people in and around the cove and we made our escape on the less used path which brought us back into Malham past the youth hostel.
The walk was 7.4 miles with 1,525ft of ascent.