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Come and see us

The staff and volunteers are looking forward to meeting you at Malham Cove this year. For more details, please select from the following links:

About the viewpoint

Peregrine viewpoint at Malham Cove Looking at the peregrine falcons at the Malham Cove viewpoint.

The viewpoint is located at Malham Cove where wardens will be on hand to give you all the up-to-date information on all the birds that you can see.

Don't worry if you don't have any binoculars - there are high-powered telescopes on site that will enable you to get excellent close-up views of all the birds.

Please note that there is no shelter at Malham Cove, so you should wear outdoor clothing that is appropriate for the weather conditions.

The viewpoint is FREE and so if you are visiting Malham, why not come and see us?

How to help the peregrines nest

Peregrines are fully protected by law and it is a criminal offence to disturb them at or near the nest. The British Mountaineering Council is once again actively promoting temporary climbing restrictions so that climbers do not get too close to the nest site. An area at the top of the cliff has also been roped off to stop people walking down onto the large ledge in order to prevent any potential disturbance to the nesting birds and hopefully, later in the season, their young. North Yorkshire Police are asking visitors to help play their part in this year's nesting attempt by abiding by any on-site notices and not getting too close to the nest site.

When?

The viewpoint is open every Saturday to Wednesday (closed Thursday and Friday) from 5 April to 3 August 2014. On these days wardens will be present from 10.30am until 4.30pm. The opening times are dependent on the weather - up-to-date information will be available at Malham National Park Centre.

Where?

The viewpoint is located at the bottom of Malham Cove next to the public footpath.

Starting at Malham National Park Centre, it is a short walk of under a mile through the village and along a wheelchair accessible footpath across fields (signposted to the Cove) to the viewpoint.

Malham National Park Centre

Found as you enter Malham village from the south, Malham National Park Centre (grid reference SD 900627) has a large car park (charges apply), toilets, an exhibition telling the story of Malham Cove, tourist information services and shop. The opening times of the Centre can be found on the Malham National Park Centre page.

There are also parking facilities for people with disabilities at Malham and RADAR toilet facilities.

For more information call in or contact Malham National Park Centre by telephone on 01969 652380, fax on 01969 652389 or by email on malham@yorkshiredales.org.uk.

Coming to Malham by car?

The main road to Malham enters the village from the south. Turn off the A59 at Gargrave and continue through the villages of Airton and Kirkby Malham to Malham.

Please be aware that as Malham is a small village in the middle of the countryside, all of the roads to the village are narrow and often have poor visibility due to frequent bends, gradients and stone walls on either side. Around any corner there may be a slow moving farm vehicle, livestock, walker, cyclist or perhaps even a deer, low flying owl or bird of prey. Please make sure that you always drive with care on these roads, take your time and be on the look out for animals, walkers and cyclists.

Coming to Malham on public transport?

1. Rail

There are nearby railway stations at Skipton, Gargrave and Settle, all on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line. On arrival at one of these stations it is necessary to catch a bus to complete your journey to Malham. The best bus connections to Malham are usually available from Skipton.

For details of trains to Skipton, Gargrave or Malham, please visit the National Rail Enquiries website.

2. Bus

The bus services to Malham run most frequently on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. Details of the services with links to timetables and further information are as follows:

  • DalesBus

  • service 210 runs a limited service on Mondays to Fridays from Skipton to Malham, calling at Gargrave, Airton and Kirkby Malham with extra journeys on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on the similar service 211.
  • DalesBus

  • service 210 runs on Saturdays from Skipton to Malham, calling at Gargrave, Airton and Kirkby Malham.
  • Cravenlink service 883/884 runs every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from Easter weekend until mid-October from York, Harrogate, Ilkley and Skipton to Malham, also calling at Gargrave, Airton and Kirkby Malham. There is a connecting bus from Wakefield and Leeds (service 870) to connect with this service at Ilkley.

  • The Malham Tarn Shuttle Service (890) runs every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from Easter weekend until mid-October. It provides a mainly hourly service throughout the day between Settle, Malham Tarn and Malham village, with links at the end of the day to and from Gargrave and Skipton. These buses are operated on a hail and ride basis, stopping anywhere it is safe to do so between Settle and Malham.

For further details of these, and other bus services in the Yorkshire Dales area, visit the Dalesbus website.

Planning your journey

You can easily plan your journey to Malham Cove using the journey planner provided by Transport Direct.

Simply click on the link above and enter the details of your journey - where you will be travelling from, your proposed dates of travel and your choice from public transport and/or car route options. Upon pressing the Next button, the journey planner will provide you with all the route information you should need.

Taking photographs of peregrine falcons

If you wish to take any photographs of the birds at Malham Cove, please ensure that you do not approach any species too closely, or disturb them, especially whilst they are nesting. Peregrine falcons are fully protected by law and it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb the adults or dependent young at, or near the nest.

North Yorkshire Police, RSPB and YDNPA are reminding photographers and birdwatchers that if the young birds are encountered at the top of Malham Cove, they should be watched from a sensible distance and that on no account should they be approached too closely.

RSPB and YDNPA run the 'A date with nature' project at Malham Cove

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