November last year I spent a week in Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire. I was taking advantage of the proximity of a friend I wanted to visit and the possibility of catching some autumn colours in an area I had wanted to explore for some time. Wharfedale is surrounded by rolling hills criss-crossed with dry-stone walls and dotted with beautiful traditional stone barns.
Not too far away was the extraordinary landmark of Malham Cove where an ancient waterfall has left a huge curving cliff topped by an expanse of limestone pavement. Rather than cascading over the top, the water now appears at the bottom of the cliff, having earlier sunk through the porous limestone.
On the moor above Malham Cove lies Malham Tarn, a large expanse of water lying on non-porous rock. The water-erosion of the limestone around the area has created many attractive waterfalls.
The limestone pavements in the area are created by water erosion and give a crazy-paving like appearance, with interesting vegetation often protected in the gaps between the blocks. Occasionally small trees rise up in the gaps – a boon for the photographer!
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