MALHAMDALE MEANDER
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Malhamdale Meander - 5th May 2007
WALK STATISTICS
Date 5th May 2007 Description Malhamdale Meander
Start Point Kirkby Malham Peaks Climbed Weets Top 414m
Total Time 7hrs 12min    
Walking Time 6hrs 52min    
Stopped Time 0hrs 20min    
Distance 22.70 miles    
Moving Average 3.3 mph    
Elevation at Start 178 metres Temperature 10°C to 16°C
Total Ascent 1,090 metres Weather Cloudy Start and Sunny Finish
Max Elevation 535 metres Walking With 250 Walkers
WALK NOTES

Kirkby Malham - Hanlith Bridge - Malham - Pikedaw - Combscar - Gordale Bridge - Malham Tarn Field Centre - Dew Bottoms - Parsons Pulpit - Clapham High Mark - Great Close Mire - Lee Gate - Weets Top - Calton - Airton Bridge - Hanlith Bridge - Kirkby Malham

A very cloudy and misty start to the walk. After registration it was a matter of waiting for the church clock to strike 8.30am. There was a mass start for all the walkers (runners started an hour later). It was an easy start to Hanlith Bridge and onwards alongside the River Aire to the village of Malham. Then it was a stiff climb up to Pikedaw (it was quite cool on the tops this morning). The route continued downwards in the direction of Malham Links and Combscar. This is where the Pennine Way is rejoined to follow a rocky path to the top of Malham Cove. An easy path is then followed to Gordale Bridge and on to Gordale Scar. On arriving at this splendid location one has to deliberate on the best way up the scar. Some walkers tackled the ascent up the right hand side of the waterfall but I went up the middle section. It was a great challenge and all but for the bottom of the ascent (where good hand holds and leg stretches were required) the climb was surprisingly easy. The middle section of the Scar is quite dramatic both looking at the waterfalls and in the direction from where you came. The climb out of the Scar was quite steep. The walk then continued to Malham Tarn and the Field Centre where refreshments were laid on. It was then another climb to Dews Bottom and Parsons Pulpit (this section is only open on the day of the walk). Quite a remote area of the walk is now passed. After Lee Gate (again refreshments if required) yet another ascent to Weets Top at 414 metres. Then its downhill all the way back to Calton, Airton Bridge, Hanlith Bridge and to the finish at Kirkby Malham. It was a really enjoyable day.

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REFERENCE

Reference Books Used

None
Maps Used
OL2 Explorer - Yorkshire Dales (Southern & Western Areas)
PHOTOGRAPHS
Kilnsey Crag - The evening before
Kilnsey - The evening before
Registration at Kirkby Malham Parish Hall
Waiting to start - Kirkby Malham Parish Hall
Walkers gather at the start
Organisers wait for the church bell to ring
And we are off ... heading to Hanlith Bridge
Following Pennine Way to Malham
Track above Malham village
Track to Pikedaw
Continuing on path to Pikedaw
Pennine Way through Watlowes & Ing Scar
Pennine Way through Watlowes & Ing Scar
Pennine Way through Watlowes & Ing Scar
Malham Cove Limestone Pavement
Walking along path to Gordale Scar
Gordale Scar
Gordale Scar
Climbing up waterfall at Gordale Scar
Climbing up waterfall at Gordale Scar
Looking back at Gordale Scar
Climbing up Gordale Scar
Waterfall at Gordale Scar
Climbing out of Gordale Scar
Waterfall at Gordale Scar
Climbing out of Gordale Scar
Climbing out of Gordale Scar
Climbing out of Gordale Scar
Heading towards Malham Tarn
Malham Tarn
Walking onwards to Dew Bottoms
Sun comes out near Lee Gate
Start of ascent to Weets Top
Weets Top Summit Trig Point
Weets Top Summit Trig Point
Weets Top Summit Trig Point
On the homeward leg alongside River Aire
Walking besides River Aire

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