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Nappa Cross & Malham

Yorkshire Dales Walk

Nat Park - Yorkshire Dales - Malhamdale

County/Area - North Yorkshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km    Ascent - 1050 feet / 318 metres

Time - 3 hours 50 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

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Walk Route Description

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This is a quiet Yorkshire Dales walk that avoids the crowds that gather in fine weather on the better known paths in the Malham area. Although it does not visit Malham Cove it still provides you with an excellent prospect of this well known sight. The start is the car park behind the National Park information centre on the southern approach to the village of Malham (Grid ref. SD 900627).

From the car park take the walled track at the western end of the car park and walk north along the track that runs parallel with the main street of the village. Turn left at the first junction (Grid ref. SD 899629) to walk west and then northwest between dry stone walls. At the next junction (Grid ref. SD 896631) fork left. You now pass a number of field barns and the walk has taken on a distinctive Yorkshire Dales feel. Leave the track just before it bends left and follow a clear path across pastures.

The ascent steepens with Pikedaw Hill rising to your right. If you have the energy then a sharp ascent will take you to the summit cairn from where there are excellent views across Malhamdale and surrounding countryside. Passing evidence of old mine workings you reach a wall (Grid ref. SD 874640). Go through the gate and turn right to follow the path alongside wall northwards. Almost immediately you pass the restored Nappa Cross on your right. The path gently descends across limestone moor to reach a junction of paths and tracks (Grid ref. SD 881649). Turn right (east) and follow the track to reach a road.

Go straight across and continue in the same direction on a signed footpath. After a short way you reach a complex path junction (Grid ref. SD 891649). Do not descend into the dry valley. Instead turn right on a clear path that crosses a limestone pavement above the valley. This leads easily across grass soon offering an excellent view of Malham Cove to your left. The path then descends through pastures to reach a road (Grid ref. SD 895637). Turn right (uphill) to the where the road swings right. Here you go left through a gate and cross a field. This path leads into a walled lane (Long Lane) that will lead you back to the start.

Other walks nearby

Walk 1282 Malham Tarn & Arncliffemoderate12.5 miles
Walk 3092 Malham Cove, Malham Tarn & Watloweseasy4.4 miles
Walk 2385 Airton & Bell Busk Circulareasy/mod6.8 miles
Walk 1377 Calton and Hanlith Moorseasy/mod6.5 miles
Walk 2066 Winterburn Reservoir circulareasy6.0 miles
Walk 1701 Bordley Hall & Malham Moor from Threshfield Mooreasy/mod7.0 miles
Walk 2332 Mastilles Lane & Bordley from Kilnseyeasy/mod6.8 miles
Walk 3107 Flasby Fell from Flasbyeasy/mod6.5 miles
Walk 3109 Rylstone Edges & Cracoe from Rylstoneeasy/mod6.0 miles
Walk 2617 Nappa Cross & Victoria Cave from Langcliffemoderate9.5 miles

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