Yorkshire Dales and Malham Dale

The Dales is a great place to get outdoors!

The Yorkshire Dales never fail to impress the walker- fabulous upland scenery, well maintained paths. We have chosen Malham as our centre for walking simply for it's beauty, rural charm and great walking from the village and surrounding valley.

Malham is a small village, in the Pennines, at the southern base of the Yorkshire Dales. It's a pretty place, surrounded by limestone dry-stone walls, & with a stream running right through the middle of the village.

Mentioned in the Domesday book as 'Malgun', Malham has been a settlement for at least a thousand years. Traces of Iron age boundaries are still visible today. One hundred years ago, Malham was a place of mills and mines. Nowadays, hill farms and tourism are the main activities.

The Dales are famous for its wonderful scenery.  Deep valleys, known as dales, with roads meandering between drystone walls and a patchwork of hay meadows and field barns.  Up above is heather moorland and distinctive hills, such as the much loved Three Peaks. There is the Settle to Carlisle railway which cuts through the National Park using tunnels and viaducts, including the iconic Ribblehead.

Welcome to the Yorkshire Dales, an outstanding place to explore for many years - from the Victorians at the end of the 19th century through to the Tour de France in 2014.

Malham is a small village, in the Pennines, at the southern base of the Yorkshire Dales. It's a pretty place, surrounded by limestone dry-stone walls, & with a stream running right through the middle of the village.

Malham Cove and Gordale Scar

Once a glacier, this limestone pavement was created as the water melted. Climb the steps to the top and you'll be rewarded with amazing views of the valley below.

Malham Cove is a huge curving shaped cliff formation of limestone rock. The vertical face of the cliff is about 260 feet high. The top of the cove is a large area of deeply eroded limestone pavement, of a strange pattern rarely seen in England. The majesty of Malham Cove looks out over the Village of Malham and has been attracting visitors for centuries. For climbers, it is a grand amphitheatre with great mid-grade trad routes to the hardest sport climbs in the country. Malham is popular all year round with climbers and walkers alike. The Cove is a SSSI, so special care should be taken when visiting.

More recently Malham Cove has also starred in the Harry Potter film franchise, during The Deathly Hallows Part One. There's certainly something magic about this place.

Nearby, Gordale Scar is a spectacular gorge, complete with waterfalls, cut right into the limestone hillside. The gorge was produced by water from melting glaciers sometime over the last three million years. Gordale Scar is one of the highlights of a visit to Malham.

 

 

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Hi Alan A big thank you from all of us at Kettering and District Rambling Club for an excellant weekend. The hotel was very comfortable with lovely food. As usual Ian was great as the weekend leader. Nothing seems to phase him and he patiently re- explains everything to those who didn't listen! All the rest of your leaders were kind and very knowledgeable. It was also good to have you with us for a day. The one comment several people made was could tea and coffee after dinner be included in the price. Obviously next year's price is already fixed so maybe a thought for the year after. Thanks again and hope the rest of the year goes well for you. Kind regards Sue

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