Malham Sunday 29th July 2007

Today’s Walks

Strenuous Leader: Rowland Nock     Distance: 9.5 miles

From the car park we head out to Hanlith Hall via Aire Head where we pick up the Pennine Way. From Mires Barn we head up through the beautiful Janet’s Foss and into Gordale Scar. Please note that the path up Gordale Scar is very steep and will involve a short scramble on good handholds. Please think twice about going on this walk if you feel this is too difficult for you. From here we head out across limestone pavements to Malham Tarn and return via Tarn Foot and Watlowes. We finally arrive at the head of Malham Cove and descend back to Malham. Hopefully, we will all have time for a cuppa or even a pint on our return.

Moderate Leader: Jim Eaton     Distance : 8 miles

The walk starts from the Malham car park. We cross the village High St and note the pub and cafe as we do. Then we cross the River Aire and head south following the Pennine Way, passing through the tiny village of Hanlith and then on to Calton. Here we leave the Pennine Way and follow the lane towards Calton Moor. A gentle ascent follows up to Weets Top. Somewhere along this route, if it’s not too windy, we stop for lunch, otherwise we seek walled shelter on the top. After lunch we make our way steeply down to Janets Foss, a pleasant wooded area with a nice waterfall. Then we follow the path back to Malham for Pubs and Pies, Cafes and Cakes.

Leisurely Leader: Irene Wilcock & Dianne Pennington     Distance 6.5 miles

A pleasant walk to Janet’s Foss and Gordale Scar and a return to Gordale Bridge. We then have a steady climb up Hawthorns Lane to reach Weets Top (superb views). The downward path takes us over Hanlith Moor – could be muddy – along Windy Pike Lane and down to Hanlith Bridge. Finally, we follow the path by the river back to Malham.

Easy Leader: Margery Howe     Distance: 5 miles

Malham – Gordale Beck to Janets Foss – Gordale Scar (to view only) – Gordale Bridge. Short climb from bridge up and over to the Cove across fields, Malham Cove (limestone pavement, alternative route if pavement is found to be too testing). Descend by steps to riverside path back to Malham.