Sorry I've been AWOL for so long. A few factors have contributed to this but I won't list excuses. Here's my final post from my mini break with mum back in June.
On the second day of our jolly mum and I had the luxury of a whole day to adventure in Yorkshire.
We woke to sunshine and decided to drive into the dales. Yay, the Yorkshire Dales. Such beautiful Limestone countryside.
I left mum painting in her car and walked along this quiet lane.
then downhill towards a dramatic limestone formation.
Janets Foss. A tranquil spot, but this dry weather had made the waterfall just a trickle. See it looking better HERE.
I joined the footpath through the campsite.
And walked between high walls of rock.
and climbed through open fields
Looking back the view was already opening up.
My first glimpse of Pendle Hill on the horizon.
closer still to the edge...gulp.
I retreated from the edge and looked at my map. Mum said to meet at 3pm and it was only about 12.30pm...I decided to walk to that lake in the top left had corner of my map.
The path led through Ewe Moor.
Where I tramped over dinosaur bones...not really, but that's what they put me in mind of.
It was tricky going and quiet a hot spot.
I loved all the tiny flowers.
The rocky steps were a challenge and I had started to hope for a grassy path by this stage.
A quarter of a mile?...no three quarters... Really! bother.
I was so glad to spot the blue of the water as I reached the brow of the hill. In the hot dry landscape it looked almost like a mirage.
Not much shade for me or the cows.
Actually the breeze returned up here.
It was so nice to sit by the water of Malham Tarn for a rest
Refreshed I started the return leg of my walk. Happily the map showed an easier route back to the cove. And it was so quiet. I do like having a footpath to myself sometimes.
Then walking on the tricksy Limestone Pavement.
And peering over the edge again...oooh errr.
Then descending the slippery stone steps which were hard to make out in the bright sunlight.
Looking back where I had come from at the side of the cove.
Yay. No more steps, just a stunningly gorgeous spot. I was surprised how beautiful it was down here.
Such sweet birds, I loved watching them.
I was a bit fed up when my peaceful moment was interrupted but then this little boy's reaction to this marvel of nature made me smile. He looked up and said "Wow! Nobody in the whole world has ever climbed up there" :0)
Soon it was time to head back to Malham village a meet up with mum. Bye bye Malham cove, you looked so beautiful today. What a treat for a walk on my birthday. I will remember that one for years to come :0)
This is the painting mum was just putting the finishing touches to when I got back to the car. Isn't it pretty.
And here are some more Malham views.
This final one is from our first day in West Yorkshire.
Special mementos of a special trip.