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HOMEPAGE Yorkshire Dales, North Pennines and parts of Cumbria Scenes36b. A Walk from Kirkby Malham Village to Malham Village

featuring St Michael's Church, Kirkby Malham

Walking scenes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire - Rambles-ramblers-rambling-walks-walking-footpaths-bridleways. The super budget priced (1.20 in 2008) "Malhamdale - Footpaths and Bridleways" by Arthur Gemmell in the Stile Maps Series is highly recommended and I hope these three pages (36a-36c) of pictures do justice to both the map and scenery of Malhamdale.

 Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines Index  and see also

36a. Walking through Malhamdale (a) From Airton Village to Kirkby Malham Village

36c. Walking through Malhamdale (c) From Malham Village to Malham Cove

Kirkby Malham is a small quiet village in North Yorkshire, England in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park with beautiful parish church and handy pub for refreshment!

The Church of St Michael the Archangel, in the village of Kirkby Malham, Malhamdale

PLEASE LEAVE A DONATION FOR THE UPKEEP OF THIS FINE MEDIEVAL CHURCH

The tower of the Church of Saint Michael, Kirkby Malham.

 

St Michael's Church, Kirkby Malham, is located in the village of Kirkby Malham, North Yorkshire and an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Bowland, the archdeaconry of Craven, and the Diocese of Leeds. It is classed by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building and rightly so, its a beautiful church well worth visiting. The church originated no later than the 9th century, and possibly as early as the 7th century, though it is not mentioned in the Domesday Book By 1199 the advowson of the church was owned by West Dereham Abbey, but the whole church was completely rebuilt in the 15th century and further restored in 187981 by the Lancaster architects Paley and Austin. The church is constructed of millstone grit stone, with roofs of lead, slate, and stone slate. St Michael's plan consists of a four bay nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles, both with side chapels, a south porch, a north hearse house, a two-bay chancel, and a west tower. The tower is in two stages, with diagonal buttresses and towards the top of the southeast tower are the carved coat of arms of Fountains Abbey. The tower contains a three-light west window, a trefoil-headed niche on the south side, clock faces on the east and west sides, and three-light bell openings on each side and at the top of the tower is an embattled parapet. The porch contains two consecration crosses. In the south aisle, and in its west wall, are three-light windows. The south chapel is known as the Lambert Chapel. The north aisle contains two-light windows at the west end and along the sides, a blocked entrance and a hearse house. The north chapel is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and has a three-light east window. The windows on the south of the clerestory have three-light windows, and the windows on the north side have two-lights. The parapet of both clerestories is embattled. In the east wall of the chancel is a five-light window. In the nave, three of the piers of the arcades contain trefoil-headed niches. In the north aisle are some box pews dating from the 17th and early 18th centuries. The baptistry contains an ancient font dating from the 11th century and decorated with zigzag moulding, and is set on a 19th-century base. In the south aisle are two piscina. The single-manual organ was built at an uncertain date by Isaac Abbott of Leeds. There is a ring of eight bells dating from 1602, 1617, 1785 and 1897.

Looking east down the nave to the altar and the east window of St Michael's Church, Kirkby Malham.

 

The fine wooden roof beams and nave pillars of St Michael's Church, Kirkby Malham.

 

Some of the stained glass windows of St Michael's Church, Kirkby Malham.

 

The fine stone carving on the font, pillars of the nave and medieval gravestone in St Michael's Church, Kirkby Malham.

 

 

Flowers in the niches where once religious statues stood in St Michael's Church, Kirkby Malham.

Lost in the reformation of Cromwell's men???

An old wooden chest and more carving on the nave pillars.

 

The signature of Oliver Cromwell on a letter approving a local marriage. A modern portrait of Oliver Cromwell.

 

Some medieval cross-slab tombstones in St Michael's Church, Kirkby Malham.

 

A bit of Greco-Roman style to the tombstone in the graveyard of St Michael's Church, Kirkby Malham

 

A very fine house stands on the left of St Michael's Church, Kirkby Malham

 


The walk from Kirkby Malham Village to Malham Village

The walk is described from south to north

Before starting the Malhamdale walk, a quick trip up to Kirkby Malham to check the venue for the evening meal!

 

The Victoria Free House Pub is a good place to eat.

 

Looking back to Kirkby Malham Village as you head to the River Aire and Pennine Way

 

The bridge over the River which leads to Kirkby Malham to the left - but go over the bridge and head north along the west bank of the River Aire towards the old mill of Scalegill and eventually Malham village. This is NOT the Pennine Way path on the western bank of the Rive Aire, but its a lovely route from Kirkby Malham Village to Malham Village.

 

The River Aire by the old Scalegill Mill - just visible through the trees.

 

You get a glimpse of Hanlith Hall through the trees across the river.

The old Scalegill Mill on the River Aire east of Kirkby Malham, now converted into holiday flats.

 

The Scalegill Mill had an extensive reservoir and mill race system which you walk along en route to Malham.

 

 

More pictures of the Scalegill Mill reservoir and mill race system

 

Further north you can see the weir and sluice gate system that once supplied the water power for Scalegill Mill.

 

Just before Malham, you pass several springs (Aire Heads) on your right whose streams form the start of the River Aire. These originate from Malham Tarn and the water flows underground for some distance before emerging south of Malham. They are considered to be the real source of the River Aire and do NOT flow from the foot of Malham Cove!

 

Heading towards Malham Village and Gordale Scar now on the west side of the River Aire.

 

Straight ahead is Gordale Scar and on the right the River Aire flowing south from Malham Village.

 

Malham Village in the distance.

 

Looking towards Malham Village ahead and Malham Cove.

 

The centre of Malham Village

 


An alternative way back to Kirkby Malham Village

You can return to Kirkby Malham from Malham by way of the Pennine Way.

You take the Pennine Way south from Malham Village on the eastern side of the River Aire and head for Keltree Well, Black Hole Bridge, Windy Pike and come into Hanlith Village. From there you head down the lane to the bridge over the River Aire and down the road back into Kirkby Malham village.

There are great views looking back towards Malham, Malham Cove and Gordale Scar.

The walk is described from north to south

Looking back to Malham village on the way back south to Kirkby Malham and Airton

 

A unique wide ranging view from Malham Cove (left) Malham Village (centre) and Gordale Scar (right)

 

 

Looking back to Malham Village (above) and Gordale Scar (below)

 

Part of the water system of the once thriving Scalegill Mill, now a large private house that can be just seen in the distance through the trees.

 

Cultivation terraces between Kirkby Malham (to the left, south) and Malham Village (to the right, north).

 

A fine garden with great views near Hanlith

 

Back down to Hanlith Hall and on to Kirkby Malham

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 Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines Index  and see also

36a. Walking through Malhamdale (a) From Airton Village to Kirkby Malham Village

36c. Walking through Malhamdale (c) From Malham Village to Malham Cove

 

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KIRKBY MALHAM

Kirkby Malham Village, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England: The Victoria Inn, Kirkby Malham (Kirkby in Malhamdale, Kirkbymalham)  is in the beautiful Malhamdale through which the Rive Aire runs. The pub offers good food and beer, friendly service and a homely warm fire. St Michael the Archangel Church ('The Cathedral of the Dales') is well worth a visit on any Malhamdale walk.

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