Yorkshire Dales Marathon Challenge - Training Walk 3

The Hairy Hikers outside the Falcon Inn in Arncliffe

Sunday 8th May 2011 - Malham Tarn

Hairy Hikers Present: Paul J, Stewart, Phil, Paul W and Martin

Start: Street Gate near Malham Tarn
Distance: 12.6 miles
Muffins provided by: Paul W
Vertical Waterfall Count: 0

The Route: From Street Gate we headed through the actual gate and turned left, after a while we went through another gate and turned right following the path over moorland and down towards Arncliffe Cote. We passed by the caravan park and came out on the road where we truned right and after a short while took a small road on the left heading towards the River Skirfare.

We followed the path at the side of the river upstream and into Arncliffe where we stopped at the Falcon Inn again for pints of Landlord poured from a stone jug. We had a bite to eat before setting of back towards Malham Tarn via the path at the side of the Falcon Inn. The path headed up onto the moors and there was a steep section with levelled out after a short while. A bit further on after crossing a ladder stile Martin produced some rather odd sticks of rock, instead of the usual seaside town printed in the middle it had insults. Things like Fat B@$!ard.

We carried on after chuckling at the insulting sticks of rock and a short break. We passed Middle House Farm and and took a path heading right towards Malham Tarn. When we reached the tarn we sat on it's shores and had a bite to eat and Paul W washed the sheep muck off his boots in the tarn to the amusement of the rest of us. After our tarnside reverie we followed the tarnside path and took a path on the left that headed in front of Great Close Scar and came out on a farm track which took us back to Street Gate.

On our way back we stopped off at the Buck Inn in Malham for a quick pint after another good day out on the hills. We were lucky with the weather, rain showers had been forecast but all we had was a bit of light drizzle.

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