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    Gordale Scar

    by leafmcgowan Written Apr 13, 2007

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    A great limestone gorge that is some 400 ft (150 m deep) representing a spectacular feature of the Craven Fault and may have been part of a collapsed cavern. It is
    "Approximately 2 miles east of the Village of Malham one can see a line of scars marking the scarp of the Middle Craven Fault that is broken by a narrow, deep rift called Gordale. It looks like a triangular-shaped flat piece of land bordered by limestone cliffs given the name "Gordale" from the Norse name "gore" or "geir" for an angular piece of land that is descriptive of this pasture. Overhanging walls of limestone rise sheer up for 45 m, barely 9 m apart at the base with absence of sunlight, cold winds funnelling out, and constant drops of water from above that add to the drama of the scene - at the ravine's end - high up - Gordale Beck plunges through a hole and then divides into two waterfalls covered over great masses of tufa, some of which is beautifully banded. History dictates that this part of Gordale represents a collapsed system of underground caverns and passages and the hole where the water initially plunges is all that is left of the collapsed Gordale Cave. "The scar is the subject of many films, paintings, and stories ... most notably "The Dark Crystal" and the painting "Gordale Scar" (1816) in the Tait Britain Museum of London.

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    Janet's Foss

    by leafmcgowan Written Apr 11, 2007

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    Janet's Foss is a magical and enchanting waterfall outside of the village of Malham England where the local Faerie queen, Janet (or Jennet) lives in a cave behind the falls. "Foss" comes from the old Norse word for "waterfall" or "force". It's difficult at first to spot the cave behind the falls because another large cave to the right of the pool distracts visitors first. The fall is moss-covered tufa screen on calceous Gordale Beck that extends from the lip of the fall down to the level of the pool below produces a vivid display of shades of green and the calcite that comes up over the moss. The false-cave, open in site to the right of the pool across the stream has been called "Janet's Cave" even though it's not the true cave. According to records, this cave was inhabited by smelters working copper mines at Pikedaw in the west. Herders would also use the pool beneath the falls to wash sheep before shearing in late June. The gully/valley the cave and falls resides in is covered wall to wall with wild garlic, believed to ward off evil or harm to those in the gully. Location: Janets Foss gr 912633 OS Map: 98, The footpath from Malham starts from Malham Smithy, over the small clapper bridge behind the Smithy with Miresfield Farm B&B in front of you then turn right along the side of the beck, through a few fields and kissing gates and into the wood. The footpath follows Malham Beck and during summer you can smell the wild garlic in the wood, you may even pass a money tree!. Stop and admire the Foss, paddle or even swim or at least let the dog have a splash. The footpath then continues past the Foss onto the road and right towards the Tea Van and then through the campsite on to Gordale Scar." (Directions from http://www.malhamdale.com/janetsfoss.htm).

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