This walk combines a number of contrasting features. Firstly
there is a tranquil riverside stroll along the upper reaches
of the River Aire to the village of Malham, and then on to
view the dramatic limestone landscape of Malham Cove. Secondly
there is a very steep climb to the limestone pavement above
the Cove. And thirdly the descent to Gordale Bridge followed
by a beautiful walk alongside the wooded Gordale Beck where
the magical Janet's Foss is encountered.
The walk returns to Airton from Malham along the western bank of the Aire
On the way back to Airton a diversion to The Victoria Inn in Kirby Malham might be made.