Cycle Camping to Malham Cove

Cycle Camping to Malham Cove

We haven’t been on a bike adventure since May so we decided we decided on Friday night that we should go cylce camping to Malham Cove.  Saturday morning we got up as normal with the Robot and set to packing for our trip.  We’re pretty good at packing up our camping gear now, it’s even easier to pack when you only have cycle panniers to fill.  It’s a fine balance between making sure we have enough toys and food to cater for our trip but not over weigh us for our pedal power.    Gone are the days that we can cycle the 36 miles to Malham, we opted to catch the train closer.   We caught the train to Hellifield and had a short 6 mile cycle ride to our destination.

The robot is stood up on daves knee. they are both looking out of the train window.

We don’t have any objection to cycling 30+ miles and have done this lots in the past.  Since having the Robot though we have kept the miles small, it’s not fair to confine him to the bike seat more than an hour or so.  6 miles is easily done in this time.   On arriving in Malham we opted for a pub lunch at The Listers Arms.  A friendly pub with lovely food, all home cooked and good value for the amount of food you get.   Full bellies, we got back on our bikes to cycle to The Riverside Campsite on Town Head Farm.  It’s a lovely little campsite with good facilities.  It’s worth ringing to book in the Summer holidays as the site was fully booked to car campers.  A nice note saying hikers always welcome underneath!  We decided we were hiker worthy and asked if we could camp, thankfully they said yes.   Setting up camp is always fun, the Robot is always trying to be helpful:

Robot sat on the grass in a blue tshirt. He is holding a tent pole up in the air looking right at something off screen

The weather was the kind that I like, warm but cloudy with a slight breeze, meaning that we weren’t that hot and I didn’t have to worry about the Robot burning.  Letting the boys set up camp I spent my time taking photos and checking out the camp sites facilities.  It really is a lovely setting at the foot of Malham cove and rolling hills all around.

The bikes are leaning against a dry stone wall in the distance is the hils, the sky has light fluffy clouds. In the foreground is the tent and all our stuff scattered around on the grass

Once camp was set up we had a well-earned cup of tea and chatted with the camp site 5 year olds.  I’m always amused at how bigger little kids find babies interesting, the Robot is a magnet for them.  It was early evening and still full from our lunch we decided to go and explore the cove.  I am so glad that I baby carry as it means I can pack my woven wrap up in the bike panniers and still have something to carry the Robot at our destinations.  I promise you that there is a baby on my back in this picture, he’s fast asleep:

Karen has the robot asleep on her back, she is posing infront of malham cove.

I failed to take any close up pictures of Malham Cove, but I have some video that I need to edit and I’ll upload it into my Happy Days Post at the end of the week.

<<edit>> here is the video <<edit>>

It hadn’t occurred to me how much of a tourist destination it is, even quite late in the day there was still lots of people around.  We spent a fair bit of time at the bottom of the cliff watching the climbers on the sheer limestone rock face.  Scary!   On the way back we found some Belted Galloway Cows on the path.  They are absolutely gorgeous, such a shame that the Robot was asleep as he’d have like to mooo at them!

Dave is stroking a black and white cow on the footpath

Back at the campsite it was time to cook tea.  One pot cooking at it’s best, Dave had the task of cooking a chicken curry on our tiny stove.  The Robot now one year old just wants to play with EVERYTHING except his toys.  This means, fire, pots, pans, cutlery, bottles, bike wheels, pegs, you name it he wanted it.  Dave & I have decided we’re looking forward to the day the Robot appreciates the words, hot & dangerous!  I wrapped him back up onto my back and he and I went for a walk while tea was cooking…

Dave i ssat by the stove the robot is heading towards him

The Robot eating is always messy, it’s especially so when he’s not confined to a high chair.  There was rice all over the grass by the time we had finished.  Dave said it’d be fine, the slugs will come and eat it in the night.  Little did we know 5 minutes later the ducks would arrive.  I was amazed at the Robots calm, he sat there and watched them, didn’t flinch or even try to touch them.  I did stand back laughing rather than shooing them!

3 ducks are cleaning up the food off the grass, the robot is sat really close to them while they peck around him

The rest of the night was un-eventful, the Robots 11th night under “canvas” and he’s finally getting used to going to sleep at a decent hour.  9pm not 10pm! Dave and I followed him not long after, with a hot chocolate and a cuddle.   The next morning after sausage sandwiches we packed up and set off home again. I can’t leave without a picture of the Robot on his bike with his new helmet:

Robot is sat on the back o fmy bike is a bike carrier.

It was a short and sweet trip away.  The kind of trip that makes you feel like you’ve had a weeks holiday but in fact have only spent 26 hours away from home.   Did you like our trip?  Why not pin it on pinterest for me?

Malham Cove pin







  1. Ah what a gorgeous spot and as always I think the Robot is just the cutest thing. The picture with the ducks, amazing! TM is also into anything but the toys at the moment and has zero concern for his own safety! We are away in a motor home later this month so I shall let you know how we get on but we won’t be packing as light or efficiently as you, I’m sure!! #bigpinklink
    Ellen recently posted…Motherhood Risk AssessmentMy Profile

    1. isntitpretty

      I’m going to look forward to your trip away! You will have fun I promise. I think it’s right of passage for babies to get into trouble, mucky and genrally up to no good. Hoping he’ll learn HOT & DANGER very soon!

    1. isntitpretty

      Thank you. We decided they weren’t full just didn’t want anyone else! I couldn’t think of anything worse than walking somewhere and not being allowed in so at least they take people!

  2. Oh, he’s just so cute in his little helmet! I love the photo of him with the ducks hoovering up his food too – I guess that’s where camping comes into it’s own with a baby, no cleaning up! My husband is keen on camping – me not so much, but I sense a trip is in my future! Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
    Katy – Hot Pink Wellingtons recently posted…#SharingtheBlogLove #5My Profile

  3. Karen your little Robot is sooooo lucky – what AMAZING experiences he is already having and soon he will start to recall them and have amazing memories too. The pics with this post are particularly good – love the one with the ducks as twin 1 is so into ducks at the mo it reminds me of her. Well done to you and you partner for having the ‘get up and go’ to do such wonderful things. #ABrandNewDay. x
    Mindful Mummy Mission recently posted…Books by my bedsideMy Profile

    1. isntitpretty

      We were going to walk up goredale scar before heading home but I refused because of the steep incline with the bike and camping gear! Lol. We plan to go to that campsite on another trip.

  4. I love all your adventuring around! It makes me pine for it and I think I am going to have to invest in a new tent…Robot is so lucky that he gets to experience the outside and he seems sooo children gallivanting round..the duck picture is AMAZING xx thank you for linking with #ablogginggoodtime

    1. isntitpretty

      My secret is Dave! I couldn’t do it without him. He tells me everything will okay! I’d be a nervous wreck otherwise!! I don’t think you can borrow him though so I recommend just giving it ago somewhere close to home so you can bail out if it’s all out fail!! Lovely comment thank you x

  5. Wow you never so cease to amaze me with these holidays I am honestly so impressed by them. I would like to pick your brains on cycling with the little one, my OH and I love cycling and really want to take our kids out with us so we can all go but have been a little unsure about the seats and helmets!? Anyway the photos are fab and Robot looks to be having a great time! Xx #bigpinklink xx
    Tammymum recently posted…Tomorrow, I’ll do betterMy Profile

  6. What a great trip out. Your little one looks so happy in the back of the bike and being surrounded by nature. We have only started camping with our girls over the last 3 years but I wish we had started earlier as they do love the great outdoors too. #sharingthebloglove

  7. What a lovely trip away and I love the photo of the Robot helping with setting up the tent (and the video clip where he’s playing with the tent pegs). Woven wraps are amazing – I miss the days of carrying Sophie on my back in mine – although the Tula toddler carrier still gets used occasionally. Sounds like you had a wonderful time and the Robot looks very cute on the back of the bike with his helmet on 🙂 #CountryKids
    Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) recently posted…Enjoying a family fun dayMy Profile

  8. I used to love having my children sitting in their seats on the back of my bike! although I never got that far! they’re now 8 and 5 years old so want their own bikes!! Looks like you had an amazing day, great photos and you can tell you’re a mummy blogger by taking photos of the ducks!! hahaha
    #Country Kids

  9. You’re gonna have loads of fun when he’s gonna be able to bike himself! Love this kind of activities and the fact that you allow him to be out and close to animals. Some kids have such silly fears… Thanks for stopping by my blog xx #SharingTheBlogLove

  10. Great to read about your trip. Our kids are older so we’ve just started backpacking with them this year. Even though we only go to the other side of the county it still feels like a break, similar to how you feel I’m sure. Love the duck photo 🙂 #countrykids

  11. I love the picture of Robot in his new cycle helmet, Karen! He looks so cute. I’m impressed you managed to pack everything into cycle panniers too. We go in a caravan so I can STUFF IT FULL!! I agree, sometimes, even if you are only away for a little while it can feel like a proper break. Glad you had a great time. Thanks for sharing. #Countrykids
    Jane Taylor recently posted…A grand day out at Clumber ParkMy Profile

    1. isntitpretty

      Thanks Jane. The helmet was a great find, I feel so much happier with him on the bike now. We’ve been off in the car rammed full before so not sure how we manage it either!

  12. The bike trip sounds like a lot of fun, and a great adventure for the Robot. I am sure as he gets older and more mobile he will get more out of each of these trips. I agree an hour in the bike seat is more than enough time, and love how you have used the train to get further afield.
    My youngest loved the bike seat and we had many adventures on it.

  13. Pingback: Sharing the Blog Love - Showcase 6 - Hot Pink Wellingtons

  14. Aww you’re making me pine for a camping trip with my two year old! I can almost guarantee we’d lose her, she’d spend half the trip covered in mud and she would most certainty scare off any ducks when she becomes a dinosaur. Maybe next year haha!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.