UK trip 2012 - Malhamdale
Following my visit to the Peak District, I headed up to the Yorkshire Dales to do some more walking, in particular to Malhamdale and the surrounding area. As before, I wanted to walk again along some of the familiar routes of my youth, especially Pen-y-Ghent and the Malham round (Gordale Scar, Malham Tarn and Malham Cove).
Pen-y-Ghent is easily accessible from the Dale Head road, so I walked up there on my arrival in the afternoon. It's a quick rocky climb after a short walk in, with stunning views all around from the top. Or at least it can be; the low cloud on my ascent put paid to that, and I could see virtually nothing. As far as I'm concerned, there's only one thing to do under such circumstances, and that's retire to the tap room of the nearest pub.
Poor weather was forecast for the following day, and indeed it was raining when I sat down for breakfast. I wasn't particularly relishing a day's trudge in the rain, but actually the sun poked through not long after I'd started walking, and thereafter there was little more than a couple of heavy showers, and I managed to do the full round I'd intended.
The other worry had been that Gordale Scar might have been impassable after the recent rain, as it often can be. I'd been told by the hotel owner that walkers had found the climb unmanagable only the day before. The fall was in pretty high speight when I got there, but the climbing rock wasn't inundated, and my only problem was getting through the river to the foot of it. Despite my general hatred of them, I was (as usual) carrying my gore-tex gaiters, and donned them briefly for the scramble.
After that, the walking was smooth and, because no one else was scaling the Scar, very quiet. It was a great day's walking and by the end of it, I felt totally satisfied. As far as I'm concerned, there's only one thing to do under such circumstances... and so on.
Anyway, here are the photographs I took: