.............. ....... Malhamdale
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An over touristed area but nevertheless worth a visit! Impressive scenery throughout

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Also see Wharfedale Walk 10 - Arncliffe to Malham Tarn  - 12 miles

Map reading is essential for these walks. The  relevant map is OS Outdoor Leisure 2 Southern & Western areas (double sided map)

Travel Information:Trains: The nearest stations are Gargrave and Skipton. See www.northernrail.org- Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and Leeds-Morecambe timetables - National Rail enquiries tel 08457 484950

Buses - There are daily buses to Malham from Skipton, and Gargrave, with the best service running on Saturdays and Summer Sundays and . The Dalesbus 883 service runs from York, Otley, Ilkley, Skipton and Gargrave on Summer Sundays /BH Mondays and on Winter Sundays once a month - see www.dalesbus.org for further details. The Dalebus 881 Malham Tarn Shuttle runs on Summer Sundays and BH Mondays.


Walk 1 - Malham Circular - 5 miles - a family walk - this is the classic Malham walk -Park in National Park car park in Malham village- Proceed through village keeping left at road bridge. Follow road for 1/4 mile and as the road rises up hill and Malham Cove comes into view look for gate on right. Pass through gate along surfaced path leading to the foot of the Cove. Retrace slightly and follow path and steps to right hand side of the cove (at least 300 steps but could be 400!!). The path emerges at the top of the cove where the limestone pavements must be negotiated (be careful with small children).

  • Limestone pavement above the Cove / The approach to Gordale

Directly at the other side of the pavement the path continues onwards across fields eventually crossing a minor road. Cross the stile here and continue along the path at the opposite side of the road. This descends to meet the minor road at Gordale bridge. Turn left along road for 200m and then pass through gate on left towards Gordale Scar. Proceed into Scar and to foot of waterfall- the path can be carried on here which might seem surprising but this is for another more adventurous walk.

Retrace steps back to road and turn right. 200m after the bridge turn left along surfaced footpath at National Trust Sign to quickly reach Janet's Foss. Continue onwards along surfaced path through woods and then fields to return to Malham village. Back to contents


Walk 2 - Malham- Gordale Scar-Malham Tarn-  8 miles - Park in National Park car park in Malham village- Proceed towards village and turn right before blacksmiths and over footbridge. Turn right and follow well defined footpath alongside beck, through NT woods until Janet's Foss waterfall reached.

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Pass the waterfall and up to road. After 1/4 mile turn left through gate and campsite. Follow path to Gordale Scar. Scramble between waterfalls and on to path at top - this might be best avoided by anyone not disposed to heights and scrambling using all four limbs (including small children)! - for anyone else the minor obstacle will be quickly overcome and the top of the scar reached. Our 9 year old youngster managed it

For the 'safe' option retrace the route to the road bear right and at the road bridge look for for well used grassy path up slope on right (immediately after bridge). This path emerges at a minor road. Turn right and follow road to Street Gate.

At Street Gate follow vehicle track. Turn left after 1/2 mile to emerge at the edge of the tarn.


Panoramic view of Malham Tarn


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From the tarn edge retrace steps slightly along track for 1/4 mile- veer right and proceed across pasture for 1/4 mile until road reached. Turn right and cross bridge. Immediately turn left towards water sinks. Continue through Watlowes until top of Malham Cove reached. Proceed down steps to right hand side of cove and back to Malham.

Note- this can be shortened to a 5 mile family walk but best attempted from Malham to Malham Cove followed by Gordale and Janet's Foss. Good paths throughout. Back to contents

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Walk 3 - Gargrave to Settle - 12 miles using train. A good walk with variety of scenery following the Pennine Way up Malhamdale and crossing over to Settle. From Leeds or Shipley take the early Morecambe bound train arriving at Gargrave about 0900. From the station walk into village crossing river and main A65. Cross canal and keep to left hand lane. After 1/4 mile look for footpath sign on right (Pennine Way).

Cross over several fields using map. Path eventually meets River Aire (near road). Cross river (more of a stream actually) and continue on left bank until road reached. Cross road bridge and follow right bank passing close by  Airton.

At Hanlith (where minor road reached) turn right and follow road up steep hill for 1/4mile (or less) past hall. Turn left and follow path into Malham village.

  • Pikedaw Hill from near Malham / Looking back up Stockdale Lane

From Malham walk up road towards Cove. After 200m  look for footpath on left. This goes up hill for 300m or so. Turn right and then left on to further track. At small stream cross stile on right and walk up path to top of Pikedaw Hill. After meeting a wall the path becomes a very well defined track called Stockdale Lane.

Continue along the lane  and 1/2 mile after Stockdale  Farm look for path on right (at bend in lane). Continue along path below Attermire Scar and gently rising upwards to summit of hill. At top bear left to drop  quickly down to Settle in walled path. Return from Settle using train.Back to contents

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  • Attermire Scar

Important note:- Whilst the author has taken every care in assembling the information on this site, no responsibility can be accepted for any error or omission herein. If in any doubt walkers should consult the relevant OS map.

This page was last updated on 03-Jan-2015

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