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The National Trust
Malham Tarn Estate

The Malham Tarn Estate comprises some of the most dramatic upland limestone landscape in the country, with Malham Tarn forming a natural focal point. 

The Trust is responsible for managing some 2,900 hectares of land, 65 of which are woodland, mainly around the Tarn, six farm holdings, a number of parcels of land which are leased to local farmers, and two holiday cottages.

Walking is the main recreational activity throughout the Estate. The wildlife and scenery can be freely enjoyed from the path along part of the shore. A bird hide, accessible to visitors, gives an excellent view across the Tarn and its wetland habitats. Trout fishing is available from boats only on a daily basis (bookings can be made through the Field Studies Centre).

Townhead Barn was opened in Malham village in 1997 and shows the interior of a traditional Dales barn with an exhibition on farming practices through the years related to the Dales. It is open daily in summer except Mondays, and Sundays only in winter.

Nature Conservation

The majority of the Estate lies within the large Malham-Arncliffe SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), and is in the candidate Craven Limestone Complex SAC (Special Area for Conservation).

New House View



The Tarn and its associated wetlands were declared a National Nature Reserve in 1992, due to their unique wetlands and as home to some national plant rarities.

Tarn House

The House, which was given to the Trust in 1946, was built around 1780. Many influential Victorian figures of the day visited Tarn House including Charles Darwin, John Ruskin and Charles Kingsley who made Malham the scene of part of "The Water Babies" published in 1863.

The house is let to the Field Studies Council, who jointly manages the area around the Tarn with The National Trust and English Nature, and uses the house as a Field Studies Centre.

Limestone View

Further Information

The National Trust,
Estate Office,
Malham Tarn,
North Yorkshire,
BD24 9PT

Tel: 01729 830416

Email The National Trust at Malham Tarn

Opening Times:-

Estate: all year.

Townhead Barn (interpretation centre in Malham village):

Jan to Easter, Oct to Dec: Sun only;
Easter to Sept: daily except Mon.
Times: 10-4



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