Instead of cycling along the Leeds Liverpool canal to Skipton from Leeds I hopped on a train in heavy rain. From Skipton I cycled along the towpath to Gargrave and from there through Eshton and along Winterburn Lane to Airton, from there to Malham, up Malham Rakes past Malham Lings, to the cross road at Streets where a right turn leads to Arncliffe.
This stunning route has great views across Cowside Beck, and across to the Monk's Road, which provides one stretch of fantastic running in the Wharfedale Off Road Marathon and it seems like only yesterday Tony, Ivan and myself walked from Malham, up Gordale Scar and along the Monk's Road to Arncliffe, when Ivan was 3.
Cycling into Arncliffe, and off the map - which can sometimes be disastrous but not today - to Litton and Halton Gill, where a climb provided sweeping views of the valley.
Then along the Silverdale Road with grand views of Pen-y-Ghent.
Then down Goat Lane to Stainforth, then to camp in Langcliffe.