Supported Housing Officers, Rosie Powell and Andrew King, drove residents Dawda Badjie, Mark Goodwin and John Carroll to Malham Cove. They undertook a five-mile walk from Malham village up to the Cove via Gordale Scar and Janets Foss.
Andrew trained under the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) as a walk-leader, so was able to conduct a rigorous risk-assessment and ensure our service users remained safe at all times. His knowledge of The Dales topography, its wildlife and history made for some interesting discussions.
There was also a great opportunity to view the Peregrine Falcons that were nesting on the cliffs. The RSPB had set up a viewing station and the group was able to observe the birds and their nesting chicks, via telescopes that had been specially set up for the purpose. As the group returned to their vehicle, the heavens opened and everyone was grateful for their wet weather gear and footwear. On the way home everyone stopped off in Keighley for some well-earned fish n chips.
Rosie Powell: This was my first time at Malham and I was amazed at how beautiful the landscape was. To also have the opportunity to see falcons in their natural environment was a huge bonus.
Following the success of the trip, Andrew and Rosie have already started planning other walks in The Dales and beyond.