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Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales by Paul Heaton.
Malham Cove by Paul Heaton

An introduction to Malham


Malham is a small village, in the Pennines, at the southern base of the Yorkshire Dales. It's a pretty place, surrounded by limestone dry-stone walls, & with a stream running right through the middle of the village.

Mentioned in the Domesday book as 'Malgun', Malham has been a settlement for at least a thousand years. Traces of Iron age boundaries are still visible today. One hundred years ago, Malham was a place of mills and mines. Nowadays, hill farms and tourism are the main activities.

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Malham Cove
Malham Cove is a huge curving amphitheatre shaped cliff formation of limestone rock. The vertical face of the cliff is about 260 feet high. The top of the cove is a large area of limestone pavement.

Malham Cove in the Snow, Yorkshire Dales.
Gordale Scar
Gordale Scar is a spectacular gorge, complete with waterfalls, cut right into the limestone hillside. The gorge was produced by water from melting glaciers sometime over the last three million years. Gordale Scar is one of the highlights of a visit to Malham.


Malham Tarn
Malham Tarn is a nature reserve area, owned by the National Trust. Nearby is Tarn House, where the Field Studies Council runs educational courses. A stream from Malham Tarn disappears into the ground through sink holes in the limestone, and reappears at Airehead Springs.

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    Malham is a popular village in the Yorkshire Dales on the Pennine Way. The main attractions are the stunning scenery of Malham Cove and Gordale Scar - probably the two most impressive sights in the whole of the Yorkshire Dales and both within easy walking distance of the village as is Janet's Foss Waterfall. 

    PARKING If you're visiting Malham during the winter months the ground conditions may not be good enough to open any fields for parking. Please remember to park responsibly allowing space for emergency vehicles to pass. Extra space for farm vehicles and tractors is also often required. Come and enjoy Malham, but please have consideration for others, thank you.

    DOGS If you're visiting Malham with your Dog many of our local Pubs, Cafes and the Farm Shop are Dog Friendly but please keep them on a lead AT ALL TIMES and pick up and take any Dog Poo home, Poo Bins are also available around the Village and are regularly emptied by local volunteers, thank you.

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