REWALK MARCH 2015
Walks Malham & The Three Peaks – Author: Richard Hallewell
Re walked by Richard Hallewell
This book covers the south-western corner of the Yorkshire Dales: the area around Ingleton, Horton, Settle and Malham. While the other two guides to the area are centred on a single dale – Wensleydale, Wharfedale – this guide is centred on the famous ’Three Peaks’ (Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent) and the network of paths around the stunning Malham Cove. The Three Peaks are often undertaken as a single 23- to 26-mile route: whether for simple pleasure, as part of a challenge (the idea is to complete the walk in under 12 hours), or during the annual fell race. In this guide they are undertaken one at a time! The routes are clear, the paths well maintained and the views terrific.
Malham Cove is one of the great natural wonders in the UK: a curved, perpendicular curtain of limestone, 260ft/80m high and 1,000ft/300m wide. Once, it was part of a massive waterfall, but now only a small stream emerges from a cave at the foot of the wall and winds down the valley below. Most people simply walk up the short path from the little village of Malham to look at the cove, but there are a number of fine, longer paths through the area, visiting neighbouring (and almost equally dramatic) Goredale Scar, Malham Tarn and the limestone pavement above the cove. Limestone pavements – extensive areas of exposed, flat limestone cut into a crazy mosaic by deep incisions – are one of the features of the area, and are met with on a number of the routes.
In fact, this is a terrific area for anyone with an interest in geology, with numerous cliffs, coves, caves, pavements and erratics (large boulders left littering the landscape after the retreat of the Ice Age glaciers), as well as narrow, rocky valleys and waterfalls. More generally, it is just a spectacular walking area, and the beautiful little village of Settle provides an excellent base for operations.
The guide has been completely rewalked and updated, though only minor alterations were needed.
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