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Kirkby Malham & Hanlith from Malham Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km
Ascent - 650 feet / 197 metres
Grade - easy
Start - OS grid reference SD900627
Lat 54.060149 + Long -2.1542644
Postcode BD23 4DG (approx. location only)
Malham and its many natural attractions are mainly located to the north of the village with Malham Cove in particular providing a magnet for visitors. Away from the crowds, Malhamdale provides many pleasant Yorkshire Dales walks offering a taste of rural life.
This walk starts from the Visitor Centre (Grid ref SD900627) located on the approach to Malham. Exit the car park onto the main road and immediately turn right to take the signed footpath along a walled lane heading almost due west to Hall Close. Reaching the end of the lane go into the field and continue ahead maintaining the same direction. The onward route is not that clear in places and the use of a detailed map is useful. However there are some waymarks and providing you keep the woodland to your left you will pass Old Accraplatts on your right to cross fields and exit on to a farm track (Grid ref. SD883617).
Turn left here and continue ahead and down Cow Close Lane into the attractive village of Kirkby Malham. Reaching the main road through the village, turn right with a pub a short way along on your right that provides a potential source of refreshments. Just past the pub, turn left and walk down the lane to cross the River Aire (Grid ref. SD900611). Continue along the lane past Hanlith Hall and then uphill into the hamlet of Hanlith. At a sharp bend (Grid ref. SD901614) the Pennine Way goes off left. Take this and follow the clear path across meadows with the River Aire below to your left.
Reaching the path junction near Mires barn (Grid ref. SD902264) go straight ahead towards Malham village. Turn left over the bridge and turn left down the road to reach the start.