Distance from Peaks & Pods: 12 miles
Malham is a very popular, beautiful Dales village, surrounded by limestone walls and a stream running through the middle of the village. There’s something for everyone in Malham, from exploring the famous cove, to enjoying wonderful food at the Lister’s Arms. A Malhamdale leaflet features five great walks in the Malham area and is available to download at www.malhamdale.com.
Malham Cove – A huge curving amphitheatre shaped cliff formation of limestone rock, about 260ft high. The top of the cove is a large area of deeply eroded limestone pavement, of a strange pattern rarely seen in England. The majesty of Malham Cove looks out over the village of Malham and has been attracting visitors for centuries. www.malhamdale.com/malhamcove
Gordale Scar – Created during the Ice Age, melt water created a cavern that eventually collapsed to form the waterfall and gorge that you see today. It’s open all year and a good footpath leads from the road into Gordale Scar. You can climb up the waterfall, except after heavy rain when access is limited but the waterfall becomes even more spectacular. www.malhamdale.com/gordalescar
Malham Tarn – A glacial lake near Malham, 377 metres above sea level, making it the highest freshwater lake in England. A beautiful place for a stroll, a picnic and a chance for some fresh air; Walk or cycle at this National Trust venue, or visit the National Nature Reserve. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/yorkshire-dales/lists/walking-at-malham-tarn
Janet’s Foss – Walk from the village to the magical waterfall Janet’s Foss. The route follows the beck along gravel and flagged paths through fields, and then through the woodland on rough and rocky tracks.
Eat home-cooked meals at the lovely Lister Arms, Malham. Walking boots are welcome and a log-burning stove awaits. Other places to eat and drink include The Buck Inn, The Old Barn Café, Beck Hall Tearoom, River House (evenings), and the nearby Town End Farm Shop at Airton.