Wednesday 18 July 2012

Malham again?

I went back to Malham!

Only this time, we approached from the bottom...

and so, here is the classic view of Malham Cove...

complete with two lads laden with climbing gear.

The UK has seen rather a lot of rain this 'summer'; something to do with the gulf stream we're told. Whatever the cause, it's upped the levels of a lot of our watercourses and Malham Beck is no exception...

If you look closely, you may be able to make out the streaks of rain adding to the volume of the Emergence.

Limestone, being a permeable rock, has many channels and tunnels which have been eroded over millennia. Behind the face of Malham Cove are many such channels, to the extent that,within this rock, two separate streams cross without merging; this one, and the stream that flows from Malham Tarn, one and a half miles to the north. The latter emerges below the village of Malham and forms the source of the River Aire.

I spent a good part of the day perched on this ledge above the emergence. I have to confess that it was not my favourite spot, being narrow, sloping, rather slippery in parts and sadly lacking in comfortable places to sit!

On the other hand, the outlook was rather pretty!


  1. I have not been to Malham for years. We have some friends coming up in a few weeks time and I have been wondering where to take them. You have given me the answer.

  2. The beautiful views of the water in these photos make the rain worth it! :)

  3. It's an attractive spot even under a leaden grey sky.

  4. One of my favourite places in the Dales Helene and not too far from here.

  5. Love the views of the emergence... looks like something from a fairy tale or that a Hobbit could live there.

    cheers, parsnip

  6. What looks so green and gorgeous. I wish I could divert some of that water to our drought tortured farmers here.