Saturday 28th September 2013 11:32 AM
It was a cold and cloudy morning but we were warm with the excitement of the trip. We were gathered at St.Augustine's for our departure to Malham.
We left Halifax at 10:00am and started a beautiful journey which everybody enjoyed in their own way. One of our group was playing a mouth organ, and kept us happy with traditional tunes.
Beautiful views of countryside, horses, sheep and farm houses were all around us. We reached our destination - Malham. It is a very beautiful village in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The lady who welcomed us with raincoats and hiking boots, was actually our guide. We started our journey with her. She told us briefly about the history of Malham and showed us traditional places like the church, cottages and the blacksmith shop. We enjoyed beautiful natural scenery while listening to the facts. All around were the beauties of nature and lush green fields with the historic stone walls making it even more wonderful.
We started taking pictures. Our guide reminded us about shortage of time but the views were stunning, and this made it very hard to leave them. Suddenly we saw a wonderful view of Malham Cove.
Malham Cove is a huge curving shaped cliff formation of limestone rock. The vertical face of the cliff is about 260
feet high. What a beautiful scene! A huge rock standing amongst lush green fields. Everybody stared, taking pictures of the beautiful views.
Our guide also told us about the peregrine falcon. He is one of the most impressive birds of prey in the country. They have nested at Malham Cove.
There were some volunteers with a telescope. We were fortunate that we could see the peregrine falcon by telescope.
The next part was the hardest part of our journey because we were going to the top of Malham Cove. Some of my group were very tired. Eventually we reached the top of the cove. The view of Malham was incredible from the top.
Everybody was feeling very hungry. We stayed there for a while and had lunch. Our Persian friends had brought some traditional Persian food. The food was really delicious. After lunch we captured the beauties of nature and also took some group photos.
When we were coming back, we stopped off at an artist's home. Her name is Katharine. She welcomed us very warmly with tea, cookies and fresh strawberries. Katharine showed us her paintings. She painted Malham Cove and other natural scenes of Dales very nicely. We visited her home that was actually like an art gallery.
I took some post cards of Katharine's paintings with her signature. Katharine showed us her mother and grandmother's paintings as well.
At the end we came back with lots of beautiful memories. The trip was remarkable. I would like to say thanks to all the team at St. Augustine's who organised this, especially my kind teacher Helen who persuaded me to go on the trip.