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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. The pictures are a compilation from several walks at different times of the year - as you can readily tell!

 Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines Index  and see also

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

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

The lovely Malham Village and the spectacular Malham Cove are both in North Yorkshire, England in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The centre of Malham Village. As you can see from the sign, one of the Yorkshire Dales National Park centres is in Malham Village. Malham is a village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire though once part of the Settle Rural District, in the historic West Riding of Yorkshire. In the Domesday Book, the name is given as Malgun, meaning "settlement by the gravelly places". Malham lies at the upper end of the valley of the River Aire, known above Airton as Malhamdale, in the Yorkshire Dales. The surrounding countryside is well known for its stunning limestone pavements and other examples of limestone scenery popular with walkers and motorist tourists. Tourist attractions include Malham Tarn, Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and the Dry Valley above Malham Cove. Malham village hosts an annual agricultural and horticultural show on the Saturday before the August Bank Holiday. Known as the Malham Show. It is greatly appreciated by thousands of walkers that the footpaths in the area are maintained by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. In the village there is a National Park Information Centre and a large car park. The Pennine Way long distance path passes through the village. Nearby natural landmarks include Malham Cove, Malham Tarn, Gordale Scar and Janet's Foss. In the 1950s the village gave its name to a Ham class minesweeper, HMS Malham.

The Lister Arms and Malham Youth Hostel up the road on the right.

 

An old house with some fine dovecots in Town Head, Malham.

 

 

The bridge over the River Aire at Malham Village.

 

Malham viewed from the hills south of the village.

 

Heading towards Malham Cove from above Malham Village on the east side of Malham Beck.

 

The same scene early one winter morning.

 

At the end of the wall is the ruins of Bombey's Barn, a National Trust property and part of Malham Tarn Estate.

Malham Cove is a grand site, especially in the sunshine!

 

The magnificent limestone cliffs of Malham Cove.

 

Approaching Malham Cove along the side of Malham Beck but looking away from it back down to Malham village.

 

Malham Cove at close quarters!

 

Malham Cove is a magnificent natural limestone formation 1 km north of the village of Malham Village and very easy to walk to. A well-known beauty spot, it is a large, curved limestone cliff at the head of a valley, with a fine area of limestone pavement at the top. In 1779, Thomas West described Malham Cove as, "This beautiful rock is like the age-tinted wall of a prodigious castle; the stone is very white, and from the ledges hang various shrubs and vegetables, which with the tints given it by the bog water. & c. gives it a variety that I never before saw so pleasing in a plain rock." On the west side of the ~80 metre high cliff face are ~400 irregular stone steps: these form part of the route of the Pennine Way and this 'good climb' takes you to the uneven limestone pavement at the top. Originally, a large waterfall flowed over the cove as a glacier melted above it and the last of the stream which once flowed over the cliff (cove) comes out of the lake of Malham Tarn, on the moors 2 km north of the cove. That stream now disappears underground at the aptly named 'Water Sinks', 1.5 km before its 'dry' valley reaches the top of the cove. Another stream, and a different stream, Malham Beck, emerges from a cave at the foot of the cove. This results from the complex cave systems behind the cliff, which are thought to be around 50,000 years old. The last recorded 'waterfall effect' was after a period of exceptionally heavy rain in the early 19th century. The valley itself was formed at the end of the last ice age when the ground was still frozen. When the climate warmed around 12,000 years ago the ground thawed and the river in the valley disappeared underground leaving the valley dry as we see it today.

 

Sheep peacefully grazing near Malham Cove, oblivious to the interesting geology!

 Close up view of the central high cliff of Malham Cove in winter.

 

 The water of Gordale Beck rushing out from the foot of the cliff of Malham Cove.

A few people on the top edge of Malham Cove on the limestone pavement.

 

 On the left-hand side of Malham Cove is steep footpath to the top where you can explore the limestone pavement ...

 

... with good views back down Malhamdale and across the face of Malham Cove Cliff.

 

The limestone pavement above Malham Cove - quite spectacular after a dash of rain! ...

 

... but looks just as good in 'dry' sunshine!

 

The plants grow in sheltered weathered cracks in the rock of the limestone pavement.

 

 

 

The almost regular rows of eroded limestone pavement.

 

Malham Cove from the top of the right side of the cliff.

 

Malham Beck

 

 

Pause for thought on our return to Malham Village.

 

The RSPB have telescopes set up to observe the birds of prey (peregrine falcon) nesting on the cliffs of Malham Cove.

 

Goodbye to Malham Cove with a rather /moody sky!

 

 Heading back to Malham, looking back to Malham Cove on a bright summer's day

 

 Take care on the limestone pavement above Malham Cove, a poor chap had fallen and required the assistance of the Mountain Rescue Team.

 

The Lister Arms in Malham Village, good place to eat and drink

 

 

 

Beck Hall, Deli and Bistro in Malham Village (pictures below, interesting 'architecture', garden and sculptures by the river)

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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

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

 

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MALHAM

Malham village, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England:  Picturesque Malham village is set in the north end of the gloriously scenic Malhamdale and a suitable starting place for the short walk to Malham Cove. The Buck Inn is a fine 'country inn' across the road from Malham Beck and a starting or finishing point for many a walker. Good food and beer in very comfortable surroundings.

Malham has a Yorkshire Dales National Park Centre (run by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority). Although is no cafe, there is good parking, toilets and a picnic area.
The YHA Malham Youth Hostel is ideal for families, individuals or groups. Meals are available and the premises are licensed.
The Old Barn Cafe by Malham Beck supplies good home cooked food and, in its own words, 'muddy boots always welcome'!
The Lister Arms is a handsome 17th century building and specialises in European Beers and Real Ales. It was a purpose built coaching inn and serves good home-cooked food.
Beck Hall (left) is an early 18th century house (~1710) accessed by car and stone clapper bridge across Malham Beck and has a teashop. It is close to the Town Head Barn (right) restored by English Heritage and kitted out with displays of the life and culture of a rural community in the Yorkshire Dales.
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