England is a beautiful country that offers multiple walking paths. I have had the opportunity to visit some of these sites witnessing the spectacular views that these paths have to offer. Since most of my time in the UK has been spent in some level of lockdown, outdoor recreation is something that has not been prohibited. Finding walks throughout the country has been something I have enjoyed tremendously.
Walk #1: Malham Cove
Malham is a town in North Yorkshire and home of Malham Cove, which is part if the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Malham Cove originally a prehistoric waterfall that once flowed through the area.
Once on top of the cove, you are able to view the beautiful view of the surrounding land and fields, as well as, walking along the crags which act as steppingstones when crossing along the edge.
There are few paths to reach the top. The first is a direct path that follows a stone staircase.
The path that we chose led us around the local area where we were able to walk through fields of sheep and a wooded area with a small waterfall. I learned that this area is known as Janet’s Foss.
There is a sign describing a folk tale about a Queen of the Fairies who lives there.
Regardless of the path chosen, you are awarded a breathtaking view of the surrounding fields. I enjoyed the crags and a view of Malham below.
We took the staircase down which led to another path ending at the base of the cove. These is a small pond and river that flows out, a cave that can be explored, and we viewed rock climbers along face. I would highly recommend visiting this area when possible!
Fun Facts about Malham Cove:
Harry Potter (Deathly Hallows Part 1) was filmed there! Also, for the first time in thousands of years, water flowed through the cove in 2015!
Walk #2 – Grassington to Burnsall
Grassing to Burnstall Path is another part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Although we took the path from Grassingon to Burnsall, there are others that lead to different neighboring towns.
These paths offer quite a few beautiful views of the surrounding towns and landscape. You get to walk through fields, towns, which lead you to the River Wharfe. You’ll walk along the River Wharfe where you’ll see the locals butterfly fishing in the river.
There is something to be conscious about when following this trail, you must watch out for the Nettles! I was stung by one of these harmless-looking plants, which was not a great feeling! However, dock leaves grow there too and I was able to rub one on the sting to minimize the sensation.
Once near Burnsall you come to a bridge to cross the river or steppingstones to cross the river! The stones are really fun to cross but with a misplaced step, you will fall into the freezing water! I crossed the stones and nearly slipped due to the water almost covering the stones, but I was okay! The bridge is just as fun and will sway with a little swinging motion. It made me feel as if I was a child again! This is one of my favorite paths that I have ever been on (even if I was stung by the Nettle – ouch!).
Fun Fact About This Path
St Michael and All Angels Church is located near Grassinton at the beginning of the path and was built in the 12th Century. St Michael and All Angels Church was built in the 12th Century is located right outside Grassingtion.
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Published Originally: January 26th, 2021
by Richard Aguilar, Across the Pond Student Ambassador
Studying at: Loughborough University