How To Turn One of Britain’s Best Walks Into An Adventure

57 thoughts on “How To Turn One of Britain’s Best Walks Into An Adventure”

  1. Oh! man that was quite scary but adventurous Dippy! I guess it was worth all the effort looking at all the scenic photographs .Indeed a lovely place Malham Dales !

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    1. It is always better to look back upon adventures than when you are in the midst of it Nisha, so I can appreciate it now wholly. xx

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    1. Hah you would know the joys of tucking into these beauties 🙂 That egg, milk, flour and water can come together in such a divine manner. xx

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      1. My granddad used to make a beauty, in a big tray with curling corners like galleons in full sale. We used to sprinkle brown sugar over it, and then squeeze quartered oranges over that. One of the greatest memories of my childhood!

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      2. A combination that sounds grand. I have never tried it. Next time I find myself in Blighty, I gotta try it your way. Have you ever tried to recreate it? I end up recreating food memories from childhood which also means that I am developing a nostalgic-laden repertoire.

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      3. That’s a good idea. I might try to make it when I get to somewhere, where it’s possible. It would be great to have such a family heirloom kind of recipe book. And if you try Yorkshire pud the old fashioned way – you eat it as dessert, – but then before the main, meat and veg. course!

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      4. The old-fashioned way sounds just about heavenly to my years. It would be my main dish! 🙂 I would love to know the results of your effort with some shots to make my tastebuds run amok and then possibly catch a flight to pud land! xx

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  2. What a lovely post, both words and images. (Climbing is always is a difficult exercise… Always ask the locals about the right routes)
    Glad to have caught up with you. Not checking my reader often enough I’m afraid.
    How was the trip home at the end of year?
    🙂

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  3. Oh it was grand. Came back with bittersweet feelings, heaviness in the heart. Took a while to get back to the mode of life here. You realise how diverse the world is despite how connected it is.
    Working in reverse here — thank you for the lovely words 🙂 It was just foolishness at work there. The locals had told us the roundabout way to reach atop the cliffs. That would have taken us more time. Climbing without the right gear is sheer stupidity, so we have no excuse, and off the charted paths is even worse.
    Am glad to see you here. I have just about changed my blog host, so I would not have been surprised to see bloggers drop off.

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    1. I’d missed your reply entirely. Sorry ’bout that. Glad we are connected back. 🙂
      And yes… despite the “superficial” connection, the world is still very diverse.
      Be good ma’amji.
      😉

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    1. I know, I risked it all with the torn-trouser imagery! Do not eye the pud. You have it, I do not. Have a heart.

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    1. Sending tickets over for your daughter! 😉 I am impressed. Okay, maybe it is time to give it a go. My withdrawal symptoms, no make that ours, are stubborn. Sigh.

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  4. This post is amaaaaazing!
    It looks like a gorgeous (if difficult) walk and that yorkshire pud looks perfect! You had lovely looking weather for epic photos.

    p.s. The bee library is SUCH a cool idea!!

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    1. Thank you Josy 🙂 It is a special memory if only because we outlived foolishness. The pud was the perfect start to it, I think it gave us plenty of fat and carbs to work with. The bee library is rather cute, yes. I cannot imagine someone working for the cause of solitary bees, but then what do you know Gunga Din 🙂 xx

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  5. This post was delightful. It brought such a smile to my face as I was reading about the bald man with the leather jacket and his territorial hound who had a hissy fit. The bee library is a great idea! We drive by apiaries sometimes but have never heard of a bee library (yes, the photo definitely proved that you weren’t on crack 😉 ) My loud laughter came about when reading about Adi’s unfortunate encounter with a fence. Lex has had the same experience 😛 Your photos are so lovely! I almost expect to see a Hobbit ambling around in the woodlands of Malham and the granite falls of Gordale Scar – Magical! As for the food – Yorkshire Pudding is a weakness of mine. Sigh! Much better than bacteria – Your amoebic friend – Neek

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    1. Hahaha I love this amoebic friend and now that she professes a weakness for Yorkshire puds… she is one of a kind and I have none like her in my little black book. Plus we have spouses in common with ripped trousers in strategic locations 😛
      Thank you Neek, I miss our ambles so. The scrambles not so much. But now I would take even that. Oh how you would love those woodlands. They seem charmed and you are imaginative in visualising a hobbit tripping down its ancient paths. It is a most fitting image. xx

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  6. Your storytelling never fails to amaze me – even before looking at the photos, I could imagine the landscape and all of its intricacies. And now I want to buy a train ticket and head up to Malham for a day trip asap because I am intrigued by the wonder of this place: it certainly looks and sounds like an adventure worth having, despite its nerve-wracking aspect! Xx

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    1. Maria, Maria, how have you been? Lovely to hear from you 🙂 Thank you! It is the landscape you see that supplies you with the materials you need. I think you will love Malham, and why just Malham, the entire Yorkshire Dales is a gem. Your train ticket will be made good 🙂 There are so many good hikes there that you will be spoilt for choice. Literally (the American’s most-used word). Have a swell weekend. xx

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    1. Hi Neha, thank you. Puds are undeniable in their allure. They can have you instead of the other way around! Cheers.

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  7. Those rocky valleys are a truly amazing sight, Dippy-Dotty Girl! Wow. I loved the contrast of Adi’s red jacket and all the gray and brown of wintry landscape there. Lots of green, like here, in the winter. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you Theresa. Yeah Adi’s famous red jacket which he refused to let go of for an entire season. Now it has been relegated for fresh haul 😉 Oh yes, all that rain has to be accounted for! 🙂 xx

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      1. Oh yes, I did not do that post yet, did I? 🙂 I shall and when I do, I shall leave a note on yours about it. Thanks Theresa! xx

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  8. You have such a gift for capturing place with your words (and why waste a moment on one when you can use a whole paragraph filled to brimming – go girl, I love it!) and making me itch to be there right now. To be fair I might do better not to be quite so scrambly-venturous and maybe the lure of the Yorkie Pud is the real draw but I would happily hike that trail and meet those mooks on your advice and that is the wonderful thing about trailing round behind you via your blog! Xx

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    1. Because you would indulge me with the last thought 🙂
      Thank you my lovely! I am itching to be there all over again. I hope you are having a relaxing weekend. xx

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      1. I’m off to Bavaria for a few days …. very excited (though The Bean less so as she has gone into kennels – or Pension de Chien as they call them here!!) xx

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      2. Aww poor baby. He must be a bit used to it by now? Though it must be heartbreaking for him. Bavaria…ahhhh! It will be stunning. Are you doing a road trip? xx

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      3. We flew actually for reasons of time constraints. She is used to kennels in the US but this is her first time in France – she’ll be fine … treats, cuddles and food plus good walks equal a recipe for a contented Bean!!! xx

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      4. I know her mummy will make sure that The Bean is in safe hands. Now The Bean and I share those elements for a full life, it seems 😉 xx

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    1. Why thank you Anabel 🙂 Mighty pleased to have you over. It was quite the day! Hope you have a lovely week ahead.

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  9. Just popping over from Jo’s Monday Walk. A great adventure with some fab photos, Malham is a lovely place. The last time I went there, several years ago, it was a lovely sunny day in April but there was snow on top of the limestone pavement and round by the tarn.

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    1. Snow on the pavement…that would have been quite a sight. Thank you, Eunice, for popping by and commenting 🙂 Malham remains a special memory and I want to do it all over again – reach the top by climbing Gordale Scar next time.

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