Malham Cove

Late Sunday afternoon. The tourists are departing the honey pot of Malham Cove but the climbers show no sign of calling it a day. I was amazed at the number there. Many were using long telescopic poles to click their krabs and ropes onto anchor bolts set in the limestone that would otherwise have been out of reach. I must be out of touch.


Boggle Hole

Hidden away in a cove once notorious for smuggling, Boggle Hole is one of the last remaining youth hostels on the North York Moors. I think there are six left.It’s a former mill and is located near Robin Hood’s Bay to the south of Whitby.

Boggles, or bogarts or hobs, are malevolent goblins who were supposed to live in the caves and holes around the cove. They are a common feature in place names in North Yorkshire.


One of the many sandy coves amongst the rocks near Arisaig on the west coast of Scotland.