|Walk:||Warrendale Knotts, Sugar Loaf Hill, Stockdale Lane, Hoober Edge, Long Lane, Malham Cove, Limestone Pavement, Watlowes, Langscar Gate, Pennine Bridleway|
|Start Point:||Langcliffe car park||Grid Reference:||SD 823 651|
|Distance:||14 miles||Ascent:||3,150 feet|
|Weather:||Sunny with a cold wind|
5 members joined me for this bracing walk across the fells. Whilst recent rain had left some very boggy sections there were no difficulties in avoiding them - due mainly to having changed the original route. As it was Remembrance Sunday we found a spot for our morning break in good time to observe the two minutes silence. A good day was had by all.
Looking down on Langcliffe . . .
and Settle as they bask in the sun
The cave opening can just be seen behind the group . . .
and the leader tries it out for size
A compact fern hides at the back of the cave
Warrendale Knotts makes a good background for the group on Sugar Loaf Hill
Looking back down Stockdale Lane . . .
and across to Malham Tarn
After crossing Malham Beck . . .
the group chairman tries out the pose
We avoid the popular route to reach Malham Cove . . .
and looking carfeully for the three dots just right of centre . . .
we spot a climber and two helpers
Lunch is taken in the shelter of the limestone outcrop . . .
beside the famous limestone pavement . . .
where a tiny geranium flourishes in the shelter of the gryke
A steep climb takes us up Watlowes
Returning along the Pennine Bridleway . . .
Pen-y-Ghent comes into view