The Peak District National Park offers a variety of stunning natural beauty, with the Moors and Dales, rivers, springs and waterfalls. Just waiting to be explored. As I geared up for a day hiking around the National Park, and eventually I met up with the group at the visitor centre.
We started walking towards the Derwent Dam, it was built in 1901. Derwent reservoir is the largest reservoir and famously associated with the 'Dambuster' squadron of the RAF, where the practice site for the Lancaster boomer. Up to now they commemorate with fly-pasts of old bombers and aerial a yearly display in the Derwent valley.
Continuing the footpath trail towards the Lady Bower reservoir. It was a perfect day, idyllic place for family out things and picnic. There are lots of hikers, cyclist around enjoying the glorious sunny day.
Did you know? That while they are building the Lady Bower reservoir, it flooded the villages of Ashopton and Derwent. Up to this time much of the structure of Derwent village ruins is still visible during a dry summer when the reservoir water is low.
Following the Derwent Edge trail we were welcomed with rock formation scattered along the moors. We scrambled up at the stunning rock formations and I found a perfect spot admiringly sat on the edge.
Inhaling the fresh crisp air, and taking in the wilderness and vast expanse of the moorland. As I stand still on the rock cliff e merging high on top of the moors, with the beautiful panoramic views of the Derwent Valley.
The rock formations are called Gritstone or grit is a hard, coarse-grained, siliceous sandstone. It has been referred as "God's own rock". The rough surface provides good gripping friction, enabling climbers scramble, stand on or grip on the rocks.
On the following day we headed towards Malham area. As usual, my alarm woke me up, and I jumped out of bed to get ready. I noticed a niggly pain on my left knee, I tried to do my squat just in case I slept in an awkward position.
That didn't do the trick, but as I only felt the pain whenever I my knee is bent, I tried to ignore it. Grrr what a great start, I have been looking forward to this hike.
Going down the stairs was a bit tricky. If my kept straight, it's fine to walk, but I look like a walking robot. Nonetheless the niggly pain didn't stop me from joining the group to go and hike at Malham Cove.
From Bradford we drove towards Malham and in just less than an hour we arrived at the car park. About 10 am when we finished the briefing and followed the trails towards the stream.
We followed the Malham Tarn trail though a few open green fields and kissing gates, we entered into the woods. Passing through the woodland and stream. The distinctive long, lush leaves swathe around the stream and the very strong smell of wild garlic welcomes us.
We even passed a money tree, a couple of logs with old coins stuck on in purposely by people visiting the site. We continued walking alongside the stream that leads towards the Janet Foss ( Foss means waterfalls in Swedish).
"Walking through the area seems like a fairy tale world, it felt any minute the fairies start emerging from nowhere and humming a sweet symphony lingering in the air". It was a mesmerising place indeed!
As much as we were impressed with the waterfalls, it's time to continue our hike. We headed towards Gordale Scar. It is believed that it was created during the Ice ages. From the melted ice, creating a cavern that eventually collapsed to create the waterfall and gorge. A very impressive deep, narrow steep-sided valley, with another waterfall cascading on the narrow gorge.
On the way to the cove we found a clustered rock formation by the hill, and we stopped by for lunch. A perfect 5 star dining experience offering an uninterrupted moorland views.
Just after lunch, we continued the hike pursuing the Ewe Moor trail. The rocky trails, loose pebbles and lots of steps, not helping with my knee. But with determination and encouragement from other hikers. I persevered to reach the Cove, there's this young boy who's so sweet waiting for me along the way. Keep glancing back my way, checking if I'm OK. " He's the coolest kid, I have ever met"!
We reached the plateau area of Malham Cove. I look around for a good spot to rest my aching knee. I sat on the edge of the cliff, the stunning views are worth every step. It's definitely a place that stirs the emotions and stimulates the senses. For a minute or so I felt so relaxed, just watching the scenery around me.
Malham Cove is a limestone formation stunningly situated north of the village of Malham, North Yorkshire, England. The large limestone curved feature was formed during Ice Age 12,000 years ago by a waterfall carrying meltwater from glaciers.
Malham Cove with its spectacular limestone valleys, picture perfect postcard villages and historic castles. We didn't explore around the villages, but the spectacular nature wowed us wanting more. Maybe a good excuse for our next adventure.
There is a pay and display car park at the Fairholmes Visitors Centre, only £4.50 all day. Help to keep maintain the area. As per usual wear proper clothing, hiking boots and bring refreshment when going for a long hike. There's a poor mobile phone signal around this area, make sure you have a map with you. If you like to join a guided hike do check out The Mountain Coach website for dates and bookings.