Walk description provided by Julie Russell.
Sunday 1st April saw an early start to get the bag packed and sandwiches made. As always their was the dilemma of what to wear but plenty of extras were thrown into the rucksack. The transport arrived on time and off we set in Stuarts motor to Malham in the Yorkshire dales. On arrival it was lovely and warm and a sandwich or two was eaten whilst waiting for the rest of the group to arrive.
After a compulsory visit (for some) to the toilets we set out aiming firstly for Malham Cove. Some people had never been to the Cove so we took a slight detour to the base of the cliff.
then we went for the steps – tough going and layers needed to be peeled off. The view from the top was well worth the climb.
The going got slightly easier but we needed a butty stop after climbing up through Watlows.
Then we headed west, into the wind, over mainly open farm tracks to reach Settle.
A proper lunch stop, with Ice Creams, was had in Settle, more visits to the loo and a meet up with wives and partners for a few of the group – they headed off to Hawes.
We all had to get our legs moving again to get back to Malham – that was pretty tough going but we did it (through gritted teeth) passing Dog Meadow Allotments which had a sign saying No dogs!
We trundled along happily seeing in the distance a road that meandered over the hill toward Malham – surely that could not be our route. Unfortunately it was and it went on and on forever, uphill most of the time. Even at the end of the road we had not finished climbing but gaining height on a path always seems better than on tarmac.
With a few choice words and thoughts we made it to the top of the hill and then started the descent into Malham – some good views over Settle behind us (not many looked back!) and eventually views of Malham Tarn and Malham Cove.
It was a long road back into the village but the sun was still shining so we sat and had an Ice Cream and/or Pint and later hobbled back to the cars. We may moan, but we do enjoy it!