With a public holiday and a 21st birthday to celebrate, we headed to north Yorkshire for a long weekend.  We Overnighted in a service station before heading to the village of Malham.  On the way we stopped off at Town End Farm Shop for supplies and a cup of tea.  Lots of local produce on offer, the locally made sausages and chorizo are great!

At Malham we took a stroll to Malham Cove, which is quite spectacular, plus there are Peregrine Falcons nesting there and the RSPB have an area set up with telescopes so that you can see them.  We got a bit luckier than that though…


Malham Cove

Malham Cove from above

We camped at Gordale Scar Campsite.  It’s in a spectacular location, on the walk in to Gordale Scar, but the facilities are basic (which is not a problem) and could do with a clean.  Only one shower, but managed never to have to queue, plus it was good and hot!

We did the classic walk from the campsite, which includes the climb up Gordale Scar (the footpath goes up a waterfall), across to Malham Tarn, then in to Malham via Malham Cove.  We tried to get dinner at the Lister Arms, but after exceptionally bad service from them, we gave up trying to order dinner and went back to the campsite via Janet’s Foss, for a BBQ.

Gordale Scar from the bottom

Looking down from the top


Cooking Sunday lunch by Malham Tarn

Ing Scar

Janet’s Foss

Another walk on Monday, over Weets Top and down to Airton, which was the closest place to get supplies.  The weather was starting to turn and monday night was very wet!  So we hid in the van and watched a film.

Before heading home we travelled to Ingleton to visit White Scar Cave, which was very interesting.

Cave Formations

Then we stopped in Skipton on the way home to wander around the castle.  As is fairly traditional, we managed to buy a plant there (a camomile plant).

Skipton Castle Entrance

A great trip and the bus behaved herself, despite some pretty scary hills.  However, we were left with one question after our trip, how do you catch moles in a traditional manner?