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Janet’s Foss waterfall, Malham, Yorkshire Dales

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THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTOGRAPH

David RossJanet's Foss is a small waterfall near Malham, Yorkshire, on the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A trail to the Foss leads from the road towards Gordale Scar. You can't quite make it out in this photo, but if you are agile you can scramble right behind the waterfall. I know because my kids managed it. I think my wife still has her fingernails left after watching them.David Ross Photography signature

ABOUT JANET'S FOSS

Centuries of calcium carbonate washing over the fall has miraculously formed a ìtufaî. Calcium deposits lodge in moss at the lip of the fall, solidify, and provide a place for more moss to grow. This process continues, creating a wall in front of the rock face. This tufa extends from the top of the fall to the pool, creating a damp, mossy, crevice, the mythological ìcaveî of Janet, a fairy queen. It has become a custom to offer coins to the fairy in exchange for luck or a wish. Several tree stumps near the fall have been covered in coins, tapped in to the wood.

Natural limestone pavements surround the pool. The pool was traditionally used for sheep dipping, where shepherds would wash their flocks before shearing. Gordale Beck also runs through Gordale Scar, a gorge worn into the limestone by water and ice. Parts of it are lined by tufas, due to to the high calcium content of the area's stone and soil.

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