We set off for a short trip up North to the Yorkshire Dales, a National Park filled with magical hills and rock formations. We want to witness some of the crazy landscapes this region holds, away from crowds and really experience the nature.
Our first stop is Brimham Rocks, a geological site on the Yorkshire moors. The giant rocks have been formed by glacial wind and water, creating a mystic playground. We park up ten minutes walk away to avoid the £6 parking fee!!! At twilight, and together with dozens of tiny rabbits, we enjoy the last of the days light. As they play in the long grass and hop about the stones we follow them and offer food, one in particular is very friendly and seems to take a shine to us!
We spend a cosy night on Brimham Moor, and the next day have a leisurely drive in the rain to Malham home to a giant rock cliff, Malham Cove, which was once a glacial waterfall. On the top you can still see the effects of the glacier, which sculpted the rocks into impressive shapes to create a prehistoric atmosphere.
By the time we arrive the sun comes out and we start our little hike up the Cove. Some of the shapes remind us of teeth 🙂 You can also admire the scenery of Malham in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
We drive further above the Cove up to Malham Tarn, a lake situated in a breathtaking “Altiplano” landscape. We realise that this plateau feels so different and free because of the lack of stone walls, fences and parameters. With this freedom it is easy to find a good camp spot – we just park the van in the middle of sheep and cows.
The next morning is foggy and we have a long chilled morning in the van. We drive a bit deeper into the Dales to see some more landscape before we make our way to Manchester.
We cross the border into Lancashire with the destination as Hulme, Manchester. Here we stay in the carpark of Hannah’s Aunt and Cousin and spend four lovely days of skating, cooking and going to the cinema.