Yorkshire Dales Walk
Malham Cove from Malham
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Walk Route Description
Malham Cove is one the most famous and most visited natural features in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This short walk takes you to the bottom of the Cove and allows you to gaze up the limestone cliffs. There is also an option to climb to the top and enjoy the view down Malhamdale.
This Yorkshire Dales walk starts from the Visitor Centre (Grid ref SD900627) located on the approach to Malham. Exit the car park onto the main road and turn left into the village. Do not cross the river but continue straight ahead on the road walking out of the village. After approximately 600 metres take the footpath on the left signed Malham Cove. At busy times of the year you are unlikely to be alone, however in the evenings and off peak it is still possible to enjoy this valley in peace.
The footpath descends across fields towards the Cove. Continuing towards the bottom of the limestone cliffs you will pass a footbridge - take note as this will be used for the return route. Once in the Cove you have two options - either just view it from below or use the steps on your left to climb to the top. If you opt for the latter do be careful in wet weather as the limestone blocks on the top can be extremely slippery.
Whatever your choice, return to the footbridge and cross to the other side. This path is usually much quieter than the one used for the outward route and leads without any navigational problems back into the village. Reaching a lane, turn right, cross the river and bear left back to the car park.
Other walks nearby
Walk 1051 Gordale Scar & Malham Cove (Route A) - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 1239 Gordale Scar & Malham Cove (Route B) - easy/mod - 6.5 miles/10.6 km
Walk 1274 Nappa Cross from Malham - easy/mod - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Walk 2602 Gordale Scar & Malham Cove (Route C) - moderate - 9.1 miles/14.8 km
Walk 2704 Kirkby Malham & Hanlith from Malham - easy - 4.0 miles/6.5 km
Walk 2737 The River Aire & Kirkby Malham from Malham - easy - 3.0 miles/4.9 km
Walk 1282 Arncliffe from Malham Tarn - moderate - 12.5 miles/20.3 km
Walk 3092 Malham Cove & Watlowes from Malham Tarn - easy - 4.4 miles/7.2 km
Walk 1377 Calton and Hanlith Moors from Airton - easy/mod - 6.5 miles/10.6 km
Walk 2066 Winterburn Reservoir from Winterburn - easy - 6.0 miles/9.8 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
Walking in the Yorkshire Dales: South and West
Part of a two-book set, this guidebook describes 44 walks in the southern and western Yorkshire Dales, including the famous 23 mile Three Peaks circuit over Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. The other, mostly circular routes of 3½ to 13 miles cover the scenic region between Sedbergh, Kirkby Lonsdale, Settle, Skipton and Grassington.
Trail and Fell Running in the Yorkshire Dales
Guidebook to 40 of the best trail and fell runs in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Ranging from 5 to 24 miles, the graded runs start from bases such as Ribblehead, Dent, Sedbergh, Malham and Grassington and take in the region's diverse delights, from castles and waterfalls to iconic mountains such as Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen Y Ghent.
The National Trails
This inspirational guidebook looks at each of the UK's 19 National Trails, with information that allows ease of comparison and contrast, inspiring you to find out more and to take up a long-distance challenge. Some Trails are short and easy, others much longer, many have strong themes - they may follow a coastline, or traverse ranges of hills.