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A walker at Gordale Scar, Malhamdale Photography by Paul Harris

Malham – walks and things to do

Top tips for things to do in Malham and the surrounding area

Walks in Malham and the surrounding area of Malhamdale

Walk – Malham Moor

A chance to see the quieter side of Malham with a walk over the moors above the Tarn.

  • Features: High-level route (visits fellsides)
  • Location: Malhamdale

Walk – Malham Tarn circular

A circuit around the stunning Malham Tarn taking advantage of National Trust-owned open access land.

  • Features: Low-level route (mostly valleys); High-level route (visits fellsides)
  • Location: Malhamdale

Walk – Malham Landscape Trail

A classic Dales walk taking in Janet’s Foss and the majestic Malham Cove. A short side trip can be made to include a visit to Gordale Scar.

  • Features: Low-level route (mostly valleys)
  • Location: Malhamdale

Walk – An open access walk – Malhamdale

A circular walk using the Pennine Way and open access land with views of Malham Tarn.

  • Location: Malhamdale

Miles without stiles walks in and around Malham

Walk – Malham Cove – a miles without stiles walk

Starting at the National Park Centre, follow the road through the village. At the phone box, go through the gate to follow the unsurfaced woodland trail alongside the stream then continue on the road to just beyond Town Head Barn where the gradient reaches 1 in 6.

The footpath to the cove is a well-surfaced track of compact stone with a general width of at least 150cm. The first 25m of the route has a gradient of 1 in 6. From here, the footpath levels out and does not exceed a 1 in 8.

  • Features: Accessible route
  • Location: Malhamdale

Walk – Gordale Scar – a miles without stiles walk

An easy access route into the towering cliffs of Gordale Scar. This 600m footpath runs from Gordale Bridge to Gordale Scar. The route is well-surfaced and level and has a general width of 100cm. Whilst walking the route, look out for peregrines and dippers.

  • Features: Accessible route
  • Location: Malhamdale

Walk – Malham Tarn – a miles without stiles walk

This 2.5km footpath starts at the National Trust car park. The first 500m of the route are rough grass up to a gradient of 1:10. From here, the route joins a well-surfaced track with a general width of at least 300cm. There is a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk loop providing access to the nature reserve at the Water Houses end.

The tarn is said to be the highest marl lake in Britain and is rich in submerged aquatic plants. Whilst walking around the lake, look out and listen for great crested grebe, moorhen, coot, tufted duck and teal.

  • Features: Accessible route
  • Location: Malhamdale

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