On our first day in Malham we started by going into the village Tourist Information. It is mainly full of small souvenirs although there was a little information about the local area with some ideas for walks.
We went off in the direction of Janet’s Foss. The initial walk was through fields on footpaths until we reached a small valley. This was stunning with such vibrant greens all around. At the end of the wooded path is a small waterfall where there was quite a crowd gathered. The waterfall is nice but not noteworthy, the walk to get there was the highlight of this area.
Next we got into a far larger valley up to Gordale Scar. Here is a much bigger waterfall that is more rocky than pretty. There were many climbers scaling the rock faces either side of the valley but for those of us without specialist expertise or equipment we could still climb up the waterfall itself to reach the path at the top. There are plenty of hand and foot holds so it is not too difficult (although a dog ahead of us bottled it) but Fraser had to stay away from the edge due to his slight aversion to heights. It was a great way to relive the fun of childhood.
For the rest of the day we just walked, and walked, and walked. We ended up going around Malham Tarn and to the middle of nowhere. The scenery in this area is famous and rightly so, the views are incredible and it is stereotypical British countryside. Of course the walk had to stop for an obligatory ice cream despite the fact it was freezing and raining, it was our holiday!! It was a tiring but great day out.