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This is the entrance to Gordale Scar in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Gordale Scar is a dramatic limestone ravine 1 mile north of Malham, North Yorkshire, England. It contains two waterfalls and has overhanging limestone cliffs over 100 metres high. There are a couple of rock-climbers attempting one face if you look closely on the right! The gorge could have been formed by water from melting glaciers or a cavern collapse. The stream flowing through the scar is Gordale Beck, which on leaving the gorge flows over Janet's Foss before joining with Malham Beck two miles downstream to form the River Aire. A right of way leads up the gorge, but requires some mild scrambling over tufa at the lower waterfall.

James Ward's romantically exaggerated painting of Gordale Scar in the Tate overstates the fearsome nature of the place, but the overcast skies in my attempt do seem to be a faint echo of the same approach.

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