Class 6 enjoyed a day at Malham Cove yesterday and the sun came out to join us for a most fantastic adventure. The hike was around 7km in length and the children enjoyed discovering all the well known local natural places of wonder. First, the children began their ascent to the top of the cove, which started down a winding path and took them to some very steep steps. Alan guessed there would be 134 steps, so the children decided they would all count on the way up. The steps were very tiring and everyone stopped for a quick drink and to admire the views half way. Mr Higgins pointed out Pendle Hill and everyone looked to see what other things they might be able to spot.
When we reached the summit, we could see hundreds and hundreds of rocks, which had lots of cracks and spaces between them. There were also lots and lots of sheep around; one little black lamb was crying for its Mummy. Husna asked why the sheep were painted with different colours and Ms James explained that this was so that the farmer knows how many lambs each sheep has. At the top of Malham Cove, we stopped to have our lunch and were joined by three friendly border collies who were very interested in our sandwiches. We also saw some photographers with big cameras, looking for the peregrine falcons who nest at the cove.
After lunch, we continued our hike to Gordale Scar, where we saw a huge cliff face and a tiny waterfall. There were people abseiling down the rocks and we watched how they carefully made their descent and used hooks in the rocks to clip their ropes to. Some visitors to the spot were climbing on the waterfall, but we stayed safely to the path, as there were lots of rocks around that needed to be considered.
Following Gordale, we climbed down a slippery, rocky path to Janet’s Foss, which is a bigger waterfall surrounded by trees, with a pool at the foot of it. We all sat down to watch the waterfall and take photographs. The water looked very cold, but we all thought it would be nice to paddle in on a sunny day. The waterfall was in a woodland type area and, on the way back to the bus, we looked at all the plants and trees that surrounded us. Julie sniffed a leaf of wild garlic and some children spotted flowers and shrubs that they recognised. One of the trees lay on its side on the floor and was scattered with hundreds of coins. Mrs Jenkinson pointed out that money really must grow on trees and the children said they would tell their parents all about it.
By the time we got back to our buses, the children were worn out! Some children had a little nap on the way home after all their hard work!