2019_03_30 Malham-Airton

Leader : Elaine Anderson.              Distance : 11 miles.

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Elaine reports :-

16 A walkers – 11 miles

From Malham centre we took the well walked track to the small but wonderful waterfall of Janet’s Foss.  It has been used as a natural sheep dip for local farmers, a location for family swims and celebrations and may even be the home of Jennet the Queen of the Fairies in a cave behind the falls or another small cave to the right.

From the Foss we paid a visit to Gordale Scar.  The scar was created during the ice age, melt water creating a cavern that eventually collapsed to create the waterfall and gorge.  The smooth rocks are formed by Tufa deposits.

We retraced our steps from the Scar and headed up to the Weets.  A 2.5 ml gentle decent over the moor took us to the small hamlet of Calton.  Onwards from there to Airton village where we had lunch in the porch way of  the Airton Friends’ Meeting House and Barn.  The stunning little meeting house still holds regular Quaker meetings and is a  haven for walkers on a cold winters day as my daughter Megan and I discovered when recceing the walk early March.

After this delightful stop we set off back along the river and towards Kirkby Malham were we hoped to meet up with Marg’s B walkers.

The village has many attractions, not least the Victoria Inn, built in 1840 and typical of a traditional Yorkshire Dales hostelry.

A visit to Saint Michael the Archangel, this ancient church sometimes known as the Cathedral of the Dales.  It was built to the glory of God by the monks of West Dereham and has been in Kirkby Malham for over 500 years.

The Churchyard has some wonderful ancient monuments.  It also has its own stocks where we were finally able to chastise the unruly of the group!

The B walkers did join us for a drink in the sunshine before the A team finished their walk back to Malham.