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Stage 5: Ickornshaw to Malham — Pennine Way

Stage 5: Ickornshaw to Malham — Pennine Way

Difficult
05:44
21.0 mi
3.7 mph
2,275 ft
2,325 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
4.04 mi
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Pinhaw Beacon

Hiking Highlight

18.2 mi
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Janet's Foss waterfall

Hiking Highlight

19.2 mi
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Gordale Scar

Hiking Highlight

21.0 mi
Destination

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Alpine Hiking Path: < 109 yd
Mountain Hiking Path: 1.03 mi
Hiking Path: 4.96 mi
Path: 7.50 mi
Footpath: 3.18 mi
Street: 2.08 mi
Road: 2.24 mi
State Road: < 109 yd

Surfaces

Natural: 0.80 mi
Unpaved: 3.29 mi
Gravel: 1.69 mi
Paved: 2.78 mi
Asphalt: 0.49 mi
Unknown: 12.0 mi

Weather Forecast

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komoot planned a hike.

May 23, 2019

Comments

  • komoot

    Wainwright described this stage as “mostly muck and manure...undulating farmlands…and contented cows on low green hills”.

    Whilst this description still holds true, you will find this hike to be a pleasant one. Taking you through a surprising amount of villages, there is ample opportunity for refreshment and to resupply, too.

    The way takes you through the Aire Gap, which forms a geographical corridor between the South Pennines and Yorkshire Dales, as well as between gritstone and limestone landscapes.

    The reward for this challenging stage is Malham: the start of Limestone Country. According to Wainwright, this is where the highlights start coming thick and fast.

    There is a diversion shown here to see Janet's Foss, a wonderful waterfall nestled amid magical woodlands, and the magnificent Gordale Scar.

    One of the most dramatic sights in the Yorkshire Dales, the narrow canyon of Gordale Scar is dominated on either side by sheer walls of rock, hundreds of feet high, with Gordale Beck tumbling through the rocky ravine.

    This detour will add approximately 60 minutes on what is already a long day. However, if you are in the area these sights cannot be missed. A rest day, where you only complete this little detour, is a good option.

    Malham has a good range of accommodation and plenty of places to eat and drink.

    • May 23, 2019

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Stage 5: Ickornshaw to Malham — Pennine Way