Waterfalls beneath the towering cliffs of Gordale Scar, Malham
Waterfall beneath the towering, interlocking cliffs of Gordale Scar, Malham.
Gordale Scar was once a cave excavated through the limestone bedrock by a subterranean river. The dramatic gorge was formed when the roof of the cave collapsed. The path of the waterfalls is strewn with huge boulders, In places, the waterfall pierces through screens of sponge-like tufa rock. The tufa is formed by the action of water over limestone, partially dissolving the rock and re-depositing it in liquid form.
The classic approach to Gordale Scar is from below, the interlocking cliffs of the gorge gradually 'opening' to reveal this awe-inspiring view. I, however, approached it from above and had the very hairy task of scrambling down the almost sheer drop (and sudden 90 degree turn around the cliffs!), then down through the flowing water over the huge smooth, rounded, overhanging boulders in the waterfall with two cameras in tow!
Date taken: 01 May 2013.