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Best Walks with a View: Yorkshire Dales, Malham

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The Yorkshire Dales: the Malham Cove walk
We’re starting our walk in Malham Village and heading south along part of the Pennine Way. Not far out of the village, at Mires Barn, we take a left and head very gently upwards.

We’re following the footpath that runs alongside the syke – heading east towards New Laithe before turning northwards towards Mantle Field Laithe and Wedber Wood. Past here we come to the magical Janet’s Foss waterfall.

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From the gentle incline that we’ve been enjoying up until now – things get a little steeper (make that a lot steeper) as we take a slight detour from our route and head up to the top of Gordale Scar. The views from up here are amazing – but if your knees aren’t up for the climb up (and down again) – you can head on from here.

At Gordale Bridge we join the Dales Highway footpath, heading westward towards our ultimate destination of the walk – Malham Cove. It’s a spectacular crescent shaped cliff and limestone pavement that offers stunning views out across the Yorkshire Dales.

It’s this view that got this walk included in Julia’s series of Britain’s Best Walks With A View.

Our walk ends on the summit of Malham Cove. From here you will either need to retrace your steps (minus Gordale Scar – unless you’re feeling particularly energetic – back into Malham Village or consult your map to get you to your next destination.

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Gargrave, Skipton

Dear diary, This month has flown in. With bad weather forecast for later in the week we are in a race against the elements …

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