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Millom in General
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Millom in General
Date: 14/08/06, updated on 15/08/06 (176 review reads)
Advantages: Quiet, Sights, People
Malham Tarn is a lake formed just after the ice age the glaciers retreated and melted and so some of the water is glacial melt water. Around the Tarn there is a rock called shale rock which is a different type of rock to limestone. As we sat next to the lake we saw a lot of trees, the lake, a field study center and also a shore so when it rains heavily the lake would rise to the level where we was sitting and a sandy - gritty stuff was deposited. Also there is a side stream where water disappears, why does it do this? Because the water seeps underground. This is quite a good spot to stop for a picnic or a good resting place for a rest but I wouldn't spend all day here…
Watlowes Dry Valley
About a 3/4 mile trek we came to Watlowes Dry Valley, the valley is quite steep with a lot of rocks and trees. How this is formed is also due to the ice age the underneath froze and allowed water to flow along the surface. In this area pastoral farming is practiced because it's too hilly to grow crops, not hot enough. But sheep and cattle can graze on the hills, its not to hot for them they have plenty of grass and some water and so these are perfect conditions. Also this is a nice place for a rest but I wasn't particularly fond of it.
The next day on the trip we went on quite a long walk stopping at some very special sites on the way including Janet's Foss. This is a small waterfall hidden in a lot of trees it is maintained by the national trust (which is an organization that helps spectacular sites more suitable for everyone to enjoy.) The name 'foss' is Scandinavian for waterfall or force. The legend about the foss is that Janet who is the queen of the fairies lives in the cave behind the fall. This cave was formed because of the limestone being dissolved and eroded because of the water. This limestone was then redeposited at the mosses by the lip of the fall. The fall was also actually used as a sheep-wash for some time. This is a spot where you could spend a while because it's a beautiful spot and also if you have kids maybe you can allow them to go and explore the caves, they have a dead end so they cant get lost and it is perfectly safe for them.
This was probably one of my favourite parts of the walk because some of the views I saw were phenomenal! Goredale Scar is a big area that was a cave but because of water seeping in and cracking the rocks then the roof fell in! It's an amazing site without the roof on but with it on I cannot even begin to imagine. But that is how the cave was formed. At the bottom of Goredale there is a little stream this is called a misfit stream and it's called this because it doesn't fit the valley. At the bottom there are 2 different types of rock they are 1) Limestone Rock 2) Shale Rock. Nothing has ever been proven that there was a cave but it's a very probable because of the freeze thaw weathering the water had got into the top of the cavern it had frozen and expanded causing the roof to come in, that must have been one thundering crash! This is one spectacular site and if you go there REMEMBER TO TAKE A CAMERA!
This is the one that we had all been waiting to visit, the highlight of the trip and what makes Malham so famous its cove, home to some of the fastest falcons in the world which can travel 340mph! 425 steps to the top of the cove! Its definitely one of the sites to see. In the summer the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) are therewith telescopes and you can have a look.
The cove is made of Limestone and it's a permeable rock this means that water can seep through it because water always goes to its lowest point and that's where the people who pothole go underground to see the water. This also leaves a stream at the foot of the cove this is a resurgent stream.
Although the cove is made of limestone its shale rock at the bottom. Years ago the cove was a waterfall! Melt water from the tarn and it fell down the middle, eroding the middle more hence the curved shape. The variation of the dark black colours on it is because the different hardness of the limestone. Or Charles Kingsley had another theory for this' It could have been a chimney sweep falling off the edge.'
take a look around the village, we did and the first impressions that I got was that it was a very nice village, just enough shops for tourists not to many. But I can also see it as an area that can be destroyed easily by too many tourists. It's very quiet that can all change, if you get too many cars there then it can pollute the village. Malham village is called a honey pot this means that it attracts tourists, I have mentioned a few problems that tourists can cause but there are others for example the risk of overcrowding. We counted some of the shops that are in Malham in about 20 minutes we saw 4 eating places, 5 shops catering for tourists, 3 public houses, 3 campsites and 4 bed and breakfasts. But there is a tourist information center which you can turn to if you wanted to find any information about Malham.
If you want to go a bit further away from Malham there are two really good places that I would recommend and I have been to they are;
Skipton Castle - This castle is over 900 years old owned by the Clifford family it has some fascinating sights and also a lot of history stacked behind it including Mason symbolism. There are guides if you go in a party or very descriptive plaques.
White Scar Caves - White Scar is about 40 minutes drive from Malham but it is well worth it, the caves can be quite chilly underneath, you will be able to see how they chipped away at the caves. The way they used to heave the load up and down the caves. Some of the rocks inside of the cave have a frightening reality to some people or things. For example there is a rock that looks like a witch and a skull. If you go in a party then you will be able to have guided tours.
(I might do separate reviews about them)
Before, I knew that we were going to Malham I had never heard of it, and now that I have been I can't believe that I have never heard of it before. With the magnificent sites and views that it has to offer I would definitely recommend this to anyone that is thinking of going. Its typical English very quiet a lot of stuff to do and the best part is it's not that expensive! If you do decide to go then I hope you have had a good time, and I hope this has been a help to you, I really enjoyed going and writing this and I look forward to going back. Also while we was there the weather was very nice because it was the start of summer but im sure it doesn't stay like that all year round.
I hope this review has been a help,
Thanks for reading!
Summary: This is a great, cheap, holiday destination