Date: Thursday June 19th 2014.
Time: 10.00 for 10.30 am start
Location: Malham Tarn Estate and environs, North Yorkshire
Meeting: National Trust Estate Office car park, Water Houses, Settle, North Yorkshire. BD29 9PT . GR 888674
Main subjects of interest: The National Nature Reserve is habitat for many rare plants and grasses; the tarn and surrounding limestone country is home to curlew, dipper, kestrel and wading birds. Additionally the geology of limestone pavement, water sinks, Malham Cove, Goredale and Janet’s Foss provide many photographic opportunities within two miles of the tarn.
Leader: George Lamb. We will also be joined by the National Trust Ecology Ranger for the area who will provide an introductory talk to the area and accompany us for the first part of the day around the tarn and fen areas. His local knowledge of plant locations etc should ensure we maximise photographic opportunities.
Additional Information: The day will start with activity in the NNR and tarn area. As the day develops and depending on numbers we could spread in smaller groups to visit the other limestone features mentioned above. It will be an informal, free form day developing around weather and individual interests. There is so much to see and do so our visit will only touch the surface of this beautiful and diverse habitat. Details of route directions to Malham can be found on the web sites for Malham Tarn and Malham.
Items to bring: We will be in exposed moorland country so warm clothes, waterproofs (even in June!!) and walking boots are essential. There are good paths and boardwalks around the tarn, at Malham Cove and Goredale but on the limestone pavement the ground is rough and care is needed. Accommodation, pubs and café are available in Malham village and nearby Settle but for midday please bring a packed lunch and something to drink.
Note: Limited toilet facilities are available at the National Trust Office so I recommend a stop en route in Malham village at the National Park Visitor Centre (GR 900627) where there are good facilities and also disabled facilities.
Contact: George Lamb. Tel 01543 491644. Mobile 07796 426391
E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please call if you need further information. It would be helpful to know numbers in advance so please let me know if you intend to join us.