· Malham ·
To mark Jen’s birthday, we’re staying a couple of nights in the Yorkshire Dales. Our plans, such as they are, revolve mainly around beer, pub grub, and cryptic crossword puzzles. This afternoon, however, we braved the mist and drizzle to make a circular walk up and around Malham Cove, the famous, magnificent limestone cliff. This is textbook limestone country. I mean that literally: Malham Cove is in all the textbooks.
We spotted a couple of ravens at the top of the cove. I’m always astonished at their size. Far bigger than any of our other crows. Slightly bigger than buzzards.
The limestone pavement atop the cove features as one of our heroes’ secret campsites in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One. Harry and Hermione enjoyed far more clement weather than we did, but we had a wonderful walk before drying off in the Lister Arms with a couple of pints and a crossword.
I could get used to this.