Cove Rd, Malham, United Kingdom
Malham Cove Reviews
Chasing Waterfalls Sep 21, 2009
Just North of the small village of Malham in the Yorkshire dales is Malham Cove. The Cove is a huge amphitheatre of limestone cliffs. The top of the cove is a large area of limestone pavement.
With a rare weekend free, we decided to go for a walk starting out from Malham and walking via Janet’s Foss up Gordale Scar, a spectacular gorge and waterfalls, cut right into the limestone hillside, then over the limestone pavement to Malham Tarn.
As you leave Malham you walk through a small wooded area where you'll find Janet’s Foss, a pretty little waterfall. It is quiet busy here as the paths are good and it's easy going. When you emerge from the other side of the wood, you meet a road, the main (and easier) path up to Malham Tarn is almost straight in front of you and this is where most of the crowd go, leaving you to go play on the waterfalls.
Goredale Scar is a little further on and after passing through a very boggy campsite you walk further into gorge the limestone walls getting closer and closer together.
As you turn the corner you are again met by a small crowd, but most of them are just watch the idiots (soon to be us) climbing the waterfall which is now in you way.
After negotiating a fairly fast follow stream (the 'path' up the waterfall is on the other side) the scramble up the waterfall is quiet easy to do. You will need waterproof walking boots though as there is a fair amount of water raining down on you. The rocks can get really slipy so care is needed.
Once at the top we followed the path up onto the top of the limestone pavement it is a nice gentle walk over to Malham Tarn and Cove. The back down to Malham. Unfortunatly the weather on the top was horrible and rainy!
This is the ideal walk for people who like a bit of adventure. Make sure you take waterproofs though as you will get wet and the weather on top is often rainy.
WARNING: Path up the waterfall is not accessible during raining weather.
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