Yorkshire is famous for its Limestone Country (often referred to as karst Landscape) – particularly in the Yorkshire Dales National Park where carboniferous landscape dominates the landscape.
The limestone was laid down 300 million years ago as part of a seabed, made up of the shells of millions of small sea creatures. The landscape around Malham, Ingleborough and Wharfedale is so unique that it has been designated as an internationally important Special Areas for Conservation for the outstanding limestone geology, unique habitats and species.
We have 3 days out exploring this Limestone Country depending upon how energetic you are feeling. Whilst the walks vary in difficulty, we will be able to show you some of the iconic, stunning features of this landscape and explain the background to how the landscape became to be.
Climb one of Yorkshire’s iconic 3 Peaks and explore one of Britain’s finest limestone pavements, as well as discovering old lime kilns, abandoned settlements, miles of dry stone walls and field barns, typical of the Yorkshire Dales landscape.
Malham Cove and Goredale Scar are two of the most impressive features in the Yorkshire Dales. We’ll set off from Malham on a circular walk taking us past Janets Foss around Malham Tarn to the limestone pavement above the huge curving amphitheatre that is Malham Cove.
We will also visit one of the local hostelries in Ingleton for refreshments.
Settle & Attermire Scar
Explore waterfalls, stunning limestone country and explore ancient caves where remains of bears, lions and hyaenas have been found. After an initial climb the rest of the day can be spent walking to Catrigg Force, Victoria Cave, past the limestone outcrop Attermire Scar before returning to Settle village.
There will be plenty of time after the walk to discover the delights of Settle.
Climb one of Yorkshire’s iconic 3 Peaks and explore one of Britain’s finest limestone pavements, as well as discovering old lime kilns, abandoned settlements, miles of dry stone walls and field barns, typical of the Yorkshire dales landscape.
There will also be time to visit Ingleton town and view the stunning Ribblehead Viaduct. Walkers need a reasonable level of fitness for this walk.