Today has been a semi-rest day. We only had a half day walk across easy rolling hills and along the River Aire.
Wanting to get away and not wait until 8.30 to get cooked breakfast, we made do with continental, and left the Mason’s Arms (recommended) at 8.30.
Easy road walking, past Gargrave House and Home Farm, led to field walking over Eshton Moor and then a gentle descent to the Aire.
Turning upstream we followed the river all the way to Malham.
The old mill at Airton, now converted into apartments, was a very fine building. Further up the river, we left it briefly for a steep but short climb past Hanlith Hall.
Turning back towards the river we dropped down to the viewpoint at Aire Head with Malham, Malham Cove and Goredale Scar in view to the north.
We arrived at Malham at 12.15 for tea and lunch. As I write this we are sitting in the sunshine rehydrating at the Lister Arms before going up to the Youth Hostel.