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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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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!
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…
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!
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:
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?