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Gordale Scar & Malham Cove (Route A)
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Nat Park - Yorkshire Dales - Malhamdale

County/Area - North Yorkshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km

Ascent - 900 feet / 273 metres

Time - 4 hours 20 minutes

Grade - moderate

Gordale Scar and Malham Cove are two highlights of this Yorkshire Daless walk that starts from the attractive village of Malham. Also included are Janet's Foss and Malham Tarn. There is a section of scrambling on this walk which can be avoided. The route includes some of the most dramatic limestone scenery in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A GPS File is available for download (see walk description).

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Walk 1239
Gordale Scar & Malham Cove (Route B)
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km
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Nappa Cross from Malham
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Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km
Walk 2602
Gordale Scar & Malham Cove (Route C)
Grade - moderate
Length - 9.1 miles / 14.8 km
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Kirkby Malham & Hanlith from Malham
Grade - easy
Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km
Walk 2737
The River Aire & Kirkby Malham from Malham
Grade - easy
Length - 3.0 miles / 4.9 km
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Malham Cove from Malham
Grade - easy
Length - 3.0 miles / 4.9 km

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1.8 miles / 2.9 km away
Arncliffe from Malham Tarn
Grade - moderate
Length - 12.5 miles / 20.3 km
Walk 3092
2.0 miles / 3.2 km away
Malham Cove & Watlowes from Malham Tarn
Grade - easy
Length - 4.4 miles / 7.2 km
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Calton and Hanlith Moors from Airton
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Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km
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Grade - easy
Length - 6.0 miles / 9.8 km
Walk 1701
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Grade - easy/mod
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km
Walk 3107
4.8 miles / 7.7 km away
Flasby Fell from Flasby
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km
Walk 3109
5.0 miles / 8.0 km away
Rylstone Edges & Cracoe from Rylstone
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 6.0 miles / 9.8 km
Walk 2617
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Nappa Cross & Victoria Cave from Langcliffe
Grade - moderate
Length - 9.5 miles / 15.4 km
Walk 1404
5.0 miles / 8.1 km away
Oxenber and Wharfe Woods from Langcliffe
Grade - moderate
Length - 10.5 miles / 17.1 km
Walk 1403
5.1 miles / 8.2 km away
Attermire Scar and Catrigg Force from Settle
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km

Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

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