Getting to grips with the might of Nature

A woman and a rather large lump of stone: an image that sums up the human drive to conquer the forces of Nature.

A female rock climber figures out her next move, as she attempts to scale a towering 170-feet-high limestone cliff with an impressive overhang in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

Kilnsey, a small village in Wharfedale, North Yorkshire, lies between the villages of Grassington and Kettlewell, and just across the river Wharfe from Conistone.

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The most notable natural feature of Kilnsey is the large limestone cliff called Kilnsey Crag, a landmark which overlooks the road and the River Wharfe from the west.

The core of the Dales is a high limestone plateau cut by a series of steep-sided valleys that drain southwards towards industrial Yorkshire. The whole landscape is criss-crossed with hundreds of miles of drystone walling and dotted with many timeless hamlets and villages.

Scattered throughout the area are some very impressive chunks of limestone; pre-eminent among these are Yorkshire's "big three" – namely Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Kilnsey Crag. Together, they offer a paradise for all those with a head for heights.

There are more than 100 routes up Kilnsey Crag, which was created by the Wharfedale Glacier during the Ice Age.

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