Malhamdale, March 2018

A short walking holiday with HF Holidays based at Newfield Hall, Airton, North Yorkshire.
I did 2 days of guided walks and then a further 2 days 'freelancing'


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Day 1 (Saturday March 24th).
Starting our walk from the house, we arrive at Airton with the former water mill and other industrial buildings which are now mainly residential appartments.
After a stop at the farm shop and cafe in Airton we swing west and head across fields towards our next destination, Kirby Malham.
We now approach Kirby Malham, with its large church from the south. Here we had lunch at the Victoria Inn close to the church.
A closer view of this attractive village, which is about a mile from Malham.
The church of Saint Michael, the Archangel, with its interesting old gravestones and a 'watery grave' too.
We walked on to the visitor centre south of Malham village and then headed south again for the rest of the walk along the River Aire and the Pennine Way. This is the PW sign near Hanlith on the river bank.
Day 2 (Sunday March 25th).
My second guided walk today began at Selside after a coach trip. This is about halfway between Horton-In-Ribblesdale and Ribblehead. We walked anticlockwise around the base of Park Fell and in this photo we get a nice view of Ingleborough, its profile somewhat similar to Pen-Y-Ghent.
Around lunch time and our two groups met, here looking towards the massif of Whernside in the distance.
An area of classic karst scenery near Chapel-le-Dale. Weathered limestone blocks within a network of cracks in which exotic ferns often grow.
We had soup and sandwiches here at the Old Hill Inn at Chapel-le-Dale.
Towards the end of the walk we reach the northern end of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct, with its 24 arches.
Another view of the viaduct. We all ended up at the pub at the southern end of the bridge for a cuppa or pint before being picked up by the coach.
Day 3 (freelancing so not on a guided walk)
I drove north in the morning to pass some time. I parked in the centre of Horton-In-Ribblesdala and had a coffee and cake at the Pen-Y-Ghent cafew, the place where walkers doing the 24 mile Three Peaks walk are encouraged to sign in and out. The photo shows the twin bridges across the Ribble near the Crown Inn.
A peaceful setting near Newfield Hall with the River Aire in the flat valley.
In the afternoon Sara arrived so I drove us up the road to Malham to have some lunch. We then did a pleasant but short walk to the face of the famous Cove.

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