Thornton-in-Craven to Malham

13 June 2022. A relatively easy day across farmland and with good footpaths. Nigel dropped me off in Thornton-in-Craven and I was walking at 1015. While getting my boots on, Gail and Jenny passed me. They were doing a section over 4 days. The first few kms were up over farmland and then down onto the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, passing East Marton. Then up over more farmland before descending into Gargrave at 1200. Gargrave has a couple of pubs, but the Dalesman cafe provided a pot of tea with a sandwich (closed on Mondays). With about a third of the days distance done, I set off again at 1245, crossing the canal.

The route out of Gargrave had the most climb of the day (100m), again over farmland and beside streams, passing the villages of Airton and Hanlith, arriving at Malham at 1545. Only 18.5 km today. I checked in at Town Head Camping site (£8) on the far side of Malham. During the afternoon I passed Phil and his daughter Rose, who has replaced his son Tom. They are staying at the Buck pub, so may meet them again when I eat. Being Sunday, Malham was busy with day walkers going up to Malham Cove. Should be much quieter when I walk up to it tomorrow morning.

I am over a quarter of the way now and the weather has been very kind. It is still looking good for the next few days. Thank you for all your supportive comments; they are much appreciated.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal Double Bridge
East Marton
Lane out of East Marton
Farmland route
Dalesman Cafe
Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Gargrave
More Fields of sheep
River Aire
River Aire
Hanlith Hall
Approaching Malham
Town Head campsite

5 thoughts on “Thornton-in-Craven to Malham

  1. Jessica Syms

    Beautiful scenery and the cafe/sweet shop looks great too!


  2. Nick House

    Great progress Richard. You’ll have a steep climb up Pen y Ghent. We’re staying in Kettlewell for a week from 25/06 which is in Wharfedale 5 miles east of Malham. Good to see pic of Nigel & Eileen.
    Nick x


  3. Ann Wilson

    You really are making good headway. This section was much prettier rather than the more dramatic landscape in some of the sections.
    At this rate you will reach your destination before we even leave home as we are slightly delayed as we needed to get help to fell a tree in the garden and last evening Mike appeared with his chain saw. So today and probably for a few days, there is much chopping to do to make the trunk storable and the rest taken to the dump for mega composting!!! We’ll need a holiday!


  4. val hill

    Great part of PW as you end up in Malham which U love.
    Keep walking and enjoying 😉


  5. Di Graham

    Fabulous countryside and photos depicting its beauty, Richard. I once saw Tony Robinson’s tv programme on walking the Leeds to Liverpool canal and have that on my bucket list to do one day.. You give me hope that it is doable!


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