Gor blimey, what a place

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Your View -

What an ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle – The Cham­ber of Se­crets: Mal­ham Cove & Gordale Scar ( CW May)! I first com­pleted this walk al­most sixty years ago as a 14-year-old school­boy guided by an in­spi­ra­tional teacher, Derek Mills, who some years later worked for BBC Ra­dio Black­burn and made reg­u­lar con­tri­bu­tions to their Coun­try Mat­ters out­put.

The walk at that time had none of the lux­u­ries such as the step stair­case along­side the Cove nor the nu­mer­ous paved ar­eas to mit­i­gate ever in­creas­ing foot­fall. It was con­sid­ered quite rou­tine to climb the side of the lower wa­ter­fall in Gordale Scar, as Han­nah did, to reach the ‘up­per cham­ber’. What has cer­tainly not changed is the sheer im­men­sity of the scenery – shock and awe at ev­ery turn!

On our most re­cent visit with my grand­daugh­ter, Phoebe, we made the de­tour men­tioned to gain ac­cess to the up­per cham­ber with its ear-split­ting roar from the wa­ter­fall.

Al­ways keen to es­tab­lish good habits, com­ple­tion of the walk was marked with an ex­cel­lent meal at The Lis­ter Arms. Thank you for an ex­cel­lent mag­a­zine. Long may you in­spire us! Jim Sanderson, Hap­ton, Lancashire

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