Thursday, 16 May 2019

A Week in The Yorkshire Dales #6 - Janet's Foss & Gordale Scar

Hi there everyone 😀

We are just back from the loveliest week in North Wales, staying on the Llyn Peninsular, where we got to explore lots of new places that I'm dying to tell you about, but first ... here is the last post from our trip to The Yorkshire Dales back in March ...

It was our last full day and we’d got a last bit of walking on the cards. We wanted to have a look at Janet's Foss and Gordale Scar. We thought that walking from the cottage might be just a bit much for us today so we drove and parked on the side of the road in between the foss and the scar.
It was another grey and dull day, but at least it was dry and fairly warm so no waterproofs required today.
We started with the short walk to Janet’s Foss, which is literally just off the road. I’d wanted to walk here following watching one of Julia Bradbury walking programmes a while back and was not disappointed.
It was a beautiful spot and the water was crystal clear ...

If we’d walked from the village we would have arrived via the footpath at the side of the beck and we would both loved to have done it ... maybe next time ...
The view from the top was pretty impressive too ...
From the waterfall it it was a short walk up the road to the footpath to Gordale Scar ...
It’s a half mile walk from the road to the scar and it’s a really well defined and maintained footpath, though I am sure there would have been a lot more water around at the beginning of the week ...
As we were walking towards the scar we managed to get to see the second bit of blue sky that we’d seen over the course of our week's stay ...
It really does make a massive difference to how everything looks and feels, that little bit of sunshine was a real treat ...
The approach to the scar is impressive ... but as you round the bend and see the waterfalls it’s a really fabulous sight ...
At first it seems that there are just two waterfalls but as you walk on a little further the third slowly reveals itself to you ...
The footpath does carry on up the rocks of the scar ...
... but this was not for us today, though there were a fair few people making the climb up, including this older gentlemen with his little dog, who just hopped up there like a mountain goat ...
You can just about see him, in between the three waterfalls in the middle of the picture ... he's wearing a yellow hi-vis jacket ...
It was obviously not the first time he'd made the climb as he made it look so easy and a fair few other walkers, who had been procrastinating about the best way to go up, following in his footsteps.
Next we were back into the car for a drive up to the car park at Malham Tarn ...
This was the last short walk we had planned before having to pack up and leave The Dales. It looked a bit bleak from the car park and the weather was definitely coming in ...

As we crested the ridge the tarn came into view ...
... and we pretty much just walked to the edge and then back again ...

... and that was us for today. It was time to retire to The Lister for one last time for tea ...
... before heading back to Woodside cottage for a bit of packing before settling down for our last night in Yorkshire for now ... though I think it’s safe to say we will definitely be back.
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