On Peregrine watch at the viewing point at Malham Cove

Peregrine falcons at Malham Cove

Malham Peregrine Project 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

“Due to the coronavirus outbreak and the Government advice on how to tackle it, we will be suspending the Malham Peregrine Viewing Project until further notice.

We would like to reassure everyone that this continues to be an important project for both the YDNPA and RSPB, and in these challenging times we will keep everything under constant review.”

The peregrine falcon is one of Britain’s most impressive birds of prey. Since 1993 they have nested at Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) run a viewpoint so you can see these wonderful hunters of the sky along with many other upland birds.

It’s all part of the RSPB’s ‘A date with nature‘ project to give people the chance to get close to birds.

When the peregrine falcon viewpoint is open, we provide regular updates about what’s happening at Malham Cove. For the very latest news visit:

twitter.com/malhamperegrine

facebook.com/natureinthedales

Come and see us…

The free viewpoint is at the bottom of Malham Cove next to the public footpath. Here wardens can give you updates on all the birdlife you can see.

Don’t have binoculars? Don’t worry! We have high-powered telescopes on site for excellent close-up views of all the birds.

Opening times

The free viewpoint is open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 3 April until 3 August.

Staff and volunteers will be there from 10.30am until 4.30pm. With the help of telescopes, they are on hand to show you these magnificent birds and the wildlife of Malham Cove.

Opening times are dependent on the weather – get up-to-date information from Malham National Park Centre.

How to get to here

From Malham National Park Centre it is just under a mile to walk to Malham Cove. Walk through the village and join the wheelchair accessible footpath across fields (signposted to the Cove) to the viewpoint.

What to wear

There is no shelter at Malham Cove, so please were outdoor clothing suitable for the weather conditions.

How you can help protect peregrines

Peregrines are fully protected by law. 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 climbers do not get too close to the nest site. An area at the top of the cliff has been roped off to stop people walking down onto the large ledge. This is to prevent any potential disturbance to the nesting birds and hopefully, later in the season, their young.

North Yorkshire Police ask visitors to help play their part in this year’s nesting attempt by following on-site notices and not getting too close to the nest site.

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 a shop. The opening times of the Centre can be found on the Malham National Park Centre page.

People with disabilities can park at Malham and there are also RADAR toilet facilities.

Contact details

Contact Malham National Park Centre by calling 01969 652380 or emailing malham@yorkshiredales.org.uk

Coming to Malham village

By car

The main road to Malham enters the village from the south. Turn off the A65 at Gargrave and continue through the villages of Airton and Kirkby Malham to Malham.

All the roads to Malham are narrow and often have poor visibility due to frequent bends, gradients and stone walls. 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 drive with care and take your time.

By train

The nearby railway stations at Skipton, Gargrave and Settle are on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line. You will then need to catch a bus to Malham. The best connections are from Skipton. For details of bus services  visit the Dalesbus website.

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