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To the Cove and back.

The Malham Cove, Malham Tarn and Gordale Scar walk has just been voted the third best walk in Great Britain behind Helvellyn and Snowdon which is no mean feat. This walk was just a small part of it.

I walked to the Cove via The Pennine Way and returned to the village by taking the limestone footbridge over Malham Beck and then following an old and rarely used path which comes out at the Youth Hostel. You get the best of both worlds doing it that way round: you have the Cove in front of you on your way there and then you have the whole of Malhamdale in front of you on your return. The return path is also very good way to appreciate the many fine limestone walls and buildings in this area. 

It also gives you a good insight in to how the limestone dales were once farmed. The archaeological remains of early farms and their field systems are scattered all around the Malham Cove area. The earliest fields are probably Iron Age, but they are overlain by Medieval strip lynchets and terraces. On …
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A chilly afternoon in Kettlewell

After a couple of days of being snowed in at home, me and Sal decided to bite the bullet and take our chances on a drive up Wharfedale. As it turned out, the road up the dale was clear and looked to have been treated better than our local roads. It was a bit of a bleak and colourless day apart from a thirty minute spell when the sun broke through in Kettlewell but it was nice just to get out.

We just did our usual thing, calling in at Kilnsey Trout farm for a coffee before heading up to Kettlewell for a walk around the village and a pint in The Blue Bill Inn. It might sound a bit unadventurous but it's what we like doing, especially at this time of year when the days are so short. We did manage to take a few photos although I don't think any will be world beaters.  
The village, as with most Dales villages, are so quiet at this time of year due to the majority of the properties being holiday lets. We hardly saw anyone around the village and there was only a couple of people i…

Out with the old, in with the new.

Nearly two years ago I decided to buy a mirrorless four thirds camera as my DSLR gear was getting a bit too heavy to carry about when I was out walking in the Lakes and Dales. I plumped for the Fujifilm X-T1 which was marketed as being an enthusiasts camera i.e. you can use it in manual, aperture, shutter speed modes as well as the normal program mode where everything is set for you. It was a brilliant camera and everyone raved about it but, try as I may, I never really got on with it. And I did try, I tried for nearly two years to like it.

I think my problem was that there was just too much on it. There were dials here there and everywhere and frequently I would accidentally move one which would either overexpose or underexpose my photos plus lots of things were menu driven as well. For example if I wanted to take a close up photo I would have to troll through the menu system and turn the macro setting on and then do the same to turn it off. For someone who is as blind as a bat and…