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I often head out on a circular walk from The Buck Inn in the historic village of Malham with a group of photography enthusiasts, keen to explore such iconic Yorkshire landmarks as Gordale Scar, Janet’s Foss and, of course, the greatly celebrated Malham Cove.
Along the way, there is often the chance to capture images of kingfishers and dippers, swooping across the bubbling becks we pass. In summer, you might also find wheatear, spotted flycatchers and redstarts as you traverse the footpaths of this idyllic corner of the Yorkshire Dales.
The track along open fields bordered by Malham and Gordale becks lead into a glacial woods and onto picturesque Janet’s Foss waterfall. Nowadays you’re likely to find wild swimmers, for centuries, the pool beneath the fall was more often utilised as a sheep dip by local farmers!
From there, you reach Gordale Scar, fashioned into the rocks by the relentless pouring of water from a melting Ice Age glacier. This limestone ravine wows visitors from around the world, many of whom are attracted by its appearances in productions such as The Witcher and Dark Crystal (and more!).
After that, it is on to another favoured filming location for Hollywood’s finest, Malham Cove. Famously appearing in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the cove is the perfect place to spot fast, powerful and majestic peregrine falcons who make this beauty spot their home.
We explore above and below the cove, taking in the breathtaking and iconic limestone pavement on our way back to Malham and, out of fairness, an optional finish at the Lister Arms to debrief on another successful Yorkshire adventure.
About The Walking Photographer
Rich Bunce Walking Photographer, is an award-winning professional photographer. His Walking Photography studio is based in Burley in Wharfedale where delivers a variety photography workshops and lessons. He has been leading photo walks and nature walk events across Yorkshire for over 10 years.