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Climbers face Malham restrictions as birds nest

Posted 6 April 2011
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Climbers face Malham restrictions as birds nest
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Those heading up to the Yorkshire Dales with their climbing gear may note there are restrictions on access to Malham Cove at Present because a pair of peregrine falcons are nesting there.

It means the Caveat Wall on the left wing, plus routes 57 (Hangover) on the left wing to Route 8 (The Man and the Myth) on Caveat Wall inclusive are off-limits for now.

The decision has been taken by the national park authority and follows similar arrangements last year.

Climbers can, however, still access the Terrace Wall and routes on the right side of the cove this year.

The Malham area offers walkers and climbers alike a wide array of scenery to enjoy, with the limestone cliffs and sinkholes being combined with Malham Tarn, the largest lake in the national park.

While most of the landscape is made of limestone and allows water to pass through, the tarn exists because it sits on an island of impermeable rock.