Malham Travel Guide

  • THE BUCK INN
    THE BUCK INN
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  • BECK AND BRIDGE
    BECK AND BRIDGE
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  • LUNCH FOR A FIVER
    LUNCH FOR A FIVER
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Malham Highlights

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     Great Countryside and nice pubs 

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     No Food Shop in the Village 

  • In a nutshell
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     It's a wonderful place to visit 

Malham Things to Do

  • Malham Tarn

    Malham Tarn is a glacial lake near Malham. It is 377 metres (1,237 ft) above sea level, making it the highest lake in England. The lake is one of only eight upland alkaline lakes in Europe. Its geology, flora and fauna have led to it being listed under a number of conservation designations. The site is currently owned by the National Trust, who...

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  • Townhead Barn

    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.

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  • Malham Cove

    Standing some 80 metres high and 300 metres wide and north of the mid craven fault, Malham Cove is a curved crag of carboniferous limestone formed after the last ice age. The cove can be climbed , and steps have been cut in to the rock to the left of the cove - a strenuous climb up though gives magnificent views of the area and here you will find a...

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  • The walk to malham cove/and tarn.

    This walk is to 2 of malhams charms, the first is up to the cove, and then on past it to the 2, which is to the tarn.The walk is straight forward you just follow the well layed paths.

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  • Malham Cove

    Malham Cove is a magnificent, gigantic curved crag of carboniferous limestone formed after the last ice age. Meltwater, particularly from Malham Tarn, cut back the cove as it fell over the edge as a waterfall. This erosion took place more actively at the lip of the fall rather than at the sides, the Waterfall has dried up now but has carved the...

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  • Walk Around the Village

    Malham Village is a perfect picture postcard village. It is at the Southern Base of the Yorkshire Dales and extremely popular with walkers and Country lovers alike. Here you will find the National Park visitor Centre, some lovely little cafe's a few pubs and a gift shop/tea rooms. There are some nice looking guest houses here too and a centrally...

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  • Limestone Pavement

    Malham Cove would once have been the highest waterfall in England, the limestone pavement at it's top would have been worn into the patterns that we see today by a huge amount of Glacial melt water cascading over it and off the edge of the cove into the valley below. It must have been a fantastic sight all those thousands of years ago.The land...

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  • Make a Wish!

    Along the footpath to Janet's Foss there are a couple of tree stumps which have become lucky wishing trees. you can add a coin to the tree stumps and make a wish to Jennet the queen of the fairies!

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  • Janet's Foss

    Janet's Foss is a small waterfall and pool in a magical wood along the footpath from Malham Village toward Gordale Scar.It is said to be the home of Jennet (or Janet) the queen of the fairies who is supposed to live in a cave behind the falls, The word Foss is an old norse word for a waterfall or force.The rocks at the side of the waterfall which...

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  • Gordale Scar

    Gordale Scar is a huge gorge whose true size is only really visible when you walk into it through the Gordale camp-site, We were camping there and from our tent we had a Fantastic view of the Scar, it is certainly the best view from a tent I have ever had. Gordale Scar was created during the Ice age by melting glacial water that formed a cavern...

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  • Malham Cove

    We walked to Malham Cove from the camp-site at the Scar (about 2 miles) following the signposted path, it's a bit hilly but not to bad. The path brings you out at the top of the cove's vertical cliff face which is about 260 feet high ans so there are some really great views, We had set off early so when we got to the top of the cove there was only...

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  • Malham Tarn

    We had a ride out on the motorbike to have a look at the tarn as the roads are a little narrow and steep for a large motorhome. Unfortunately, I wasn't aware that you couldn't view the tarn from the road and had to walk to it. Once again, we were out of time, having to get back to the van, so never got to have a wander around.The tarn was...

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Malham Restaurants

  • By the river

    Beck Hall is a bed and breakfast but from noon to 17.00 each day (but not Mondays and weekends only in the winter) there is a super tea room with outside tables on the river bank. You enter from the road over a stone bridge that crosses the river (may not be suitable for wheelchairs) and then walk down a short path to the café (as the photo...

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  • Great country cafe

    The perfect country café - great rustic setting for this traditional café. The staff are very friendly and the prices are reasonable - the service was fast and the food very nice.There is seating indoors and outside and the café is open 7 days a week from 9.30 to 17.00.We only had coffee, tea and tea cakes but other standard favourites are burgers,...

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  • ALL HOME MADE AND GREAT CAKES

    THIS IS ONE OF THOSE CAFE THAT DEFINE THE YORKSHIRE DALES,IT HAS A VERY WELCOMEING FACE,BOTH INSIDE AND OUT.THE INSIDE IS VERY HOMELY,THE FOOD IS FRESHLY PREPEARED,THE CHOICE OF FOOD IS GOOD AND HOLESOME,THE VALUE IS ALSO VERY GOOD ,THE STAFF ARE A CREDIT TO THERE TRADE,BEEN ATENTIVE AND POLIGHT. SAUSAGE EGG AND CHIPS,ALL MADE FRESHLY,AND OF A...

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  • Great food & atmosphere

    The Lister Arms is one of the Thwaites Inns of Character - a small collection of Country Inns. This lovely Country pub is ideally situated opposite the Village Green in Malham Village. It looks great from the outside and has a really cosy interior with some great fireplaces and comfy seating areas. The outdoor seating is great too & and ideal place...

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  • Walkers Bar

    The Buck Inn is a great Pub, Restaurant, It has a lovely looking lounge bar and dinning area and it also has a great Walkers Bar which has a stone floor so you can go in with muddy boots.We called here for a drink and sat outside in the rear beer garden where they have some really nice tables made from logs.

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  • Great Food!

    We ate twice at The Lister Arms while we were camping at Malham, The Lister Arms is a 17th Century Coaching Inn in the centre of the Village opposite the village green, it is named after Thomas Lister of Gisburn Park who became the first Lord of Ribblesdale in 1797 and once owned the building. There are some really great period features like the...

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Malham Transportation

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    Bus at Malham

    by Britannia2 Written Jul 15, 2013

    You can travel to Malham by bus quite easily and there are journeys to and from Ilkley , Bradford, York and Skipton. These may vary from year to year so check but in 2013 services are -
    883 - York to Malham - summer Sundays only (and Bank Holidays)
    884 - Ilkley to Malham - summer Sundays only (and Bank Holidays)
    880/881 Malham Tarn shuttle - summer Sundays only (and Bank Holidays)
    898 - Bradford to Malham - Wednesdays in July and August only.
    As you can see services are infrequent but they are an alternative to the car.
    The website link has details.

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Malham Shopping

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  • A ye olde english blacksmith

    This is an english gem,this ancient trade of a blacksmith now been put to a diverse use in making a range of practable giftware.The owner / Annabelle Bradley designs and produces hand forged pieces of rustic art. A visit is a must as the range is very much a changeing all the time. From a few pounds to as much as you want to pay.

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  • Village Shop

    If your going to be camping near Malham you need to be aware that there is no food shop in the Village, the nearest ones are about 15 minute away by car, We went to settle to do our shopping for BBQ food and drinks. There is a small shop in the Village that sells soft drinks, chocolate, crisps ect.

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Malham Warnings and Dangers

  • No Food!

    If your going to be camping near Malham you need to be aware that there is no food shop in the Village, the nearest ones are about 15 minute away by car, We went to settle to do our shopping for BBQ food and drinks and kept them cold by putting them in a bag and then in the stream which was ice cold.

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  • NO PICNICKING.........!!!

    We were somewhat taken aback by a sign we couldn't help noticing, just as we entered the walk to Malham Cove. NO PICNICKING!! My goodness, I'm glad we hadn't gone to the trouble to pack a picnic! What next? I thought we might have been told to walk in single file, not walk on the grass, no ball games allowed etc. etc. I presume the idea was that no...

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Malham Tourist Traps

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    by nickandchris Written Oct 30, 2007

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    Being in a motorhome, we thought our best chance of getting parked in this popular village was in the main Visitor Centre carpark. It was pretty full by the time we arrived, around midday. We ended up parking in a coach bay so had to pay for two tickets, at the astronomical cost of over £6!!!! Still, at least we were parked and had the whole afternoon to see whatever there was to see.

    If you are visiting at the weekend or a Bank Holiday, get here early. It is a POPULAR spot!

    Unique Suggestions: Little did we know, but further up the road, enroute and closer to Malham Cove, a farmer allows parking in his field for £2. There is also camping here. Oh, if only we had known.....

    There is parking on the grass verges, in the village, where you are expected to put £1 in a milk churn, for the village's upkeep and cars were also parked on the way into the village, at no cost.

    Fun Alternatives: If you are visiting Malham, be prepared to pay for parking!!!

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Malham Off The Beaten Path

  • Gordale Scar

    A great limestone gorge that is some 400 ft (150 m deep) representing a spectacular feature of the Craven Fault and may have been part of a collapsed cavern. It is "Approximately 2 miles east of the Village of Malham one can see a line of scars marking the scarp of the Middle Craven Fault that is broken by a narrow, deep rift called Gordale. It...

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  • Janet's Foss

    Janet's Foss is a magical and enchanting waterfall outside of the village of Malham England where the local Faerie queen, Janet (or Jennet) lives in a cave behind the falls. "Foss" comes from the old Norse word for "waterfall" or "force". It's difficult at first to spot the cave behind the falls because another large cave to the right of the pool...

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Malham Sports & Outdoors

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    by nickandchris Written Nov 1, 2007

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    On our visit to Malham Cove we watched a group of rock climbers ascending the limestone cliff. They were perched on a ledge, halfway up, while one by one, they proceeded upwards.

    Not for me, thankyou. It seemed particularly tricky as the rockface bowed inwards then outwards. A couple of the climbers were doing so with bare torsos which I thought a little foolish but who am I to comment?

    To be honest, I was extremely suprised that this activity was allowed. Surely they could be damaging the limestone cliff? I mean, if we had to stick to footpaths and weren't allowed picnics, where did rock climbing come into the equation???

    Equipment: All good rock climbers will know what equipment is required!

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