18th May 2018
Weather: Sunshine, hazy sky. Warm in valley, cool breeze elsewhere.
Sue & Beth (Parkrun friends) arrived by car shortly after I left the hostel, and after suncream faffs all round we were walking along the riverbank by 8:50
A snack of Beth’s banana cake in Malham, a climb up above the cove & “first lunch” at Malham Tarn, a little cool. Sue had brought me a fabulous salad of chicken, quinoa, mange tout, lambs lettuce, tomatoes, avocado. Lovely. There was cake and fruit at second lunch just below Fountain Fell summit. (Where I realised that yesterday’s incorrect identification of hills above Kirkby Lonsdale was really Great Whernside: the hills above Wharfedale)
Skylarks, curlews and Beth identifying flowering plants I wouldn’t have even noticed.
Arrived HIR 17:10, set up tent and we all went to The Crown for a meal. They left 19:00. Lovely company for the day. It will, unfortunately, be a much quieter day tomorrow!
Setting off at Airton Bridge
Just North of Hanliffe
Approaching Malham Cove
On limestone pavement above the cove
Mountain pansies (spotted by Beth)
Just descending from Fountains Fell
Pen-y-Ghent in background
Another early purple?
Feet dunking in the river after dinner