Malham Cove

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Malham Cove Feb 21, 2017
Just 0.5 miles (0.8km) from Malham village, Malham Cove is a giant limestone amphitheatre-shaped rock face about 250 feet (76m) high and about 1,000 feet (305m) wide –it was formed by movements of the earth’s crust – it’s been described as a ‘dry waterfall’ and that’s just what it looks like. There’s lots of wildlife here and it’s an area especially popular with bird watchers who come to train their telescopes on falcons, owls and other birds. The stream Malham Beck emerges from under the cove and flows down to Malham village.

To the left of the cliffs are hundred’s of man-made steps which take you to the top and to the famous ‘Limestone Pavement’ (see separate tip) – the views from the top are breathtaking.

Directions: Malham Cove is signed from Malham village – or you can go there as part of a circular walk from Malham taking in Janet’s Foss and Gordale Scar then follow signs to Malham Cove.

The famous Limestone Pavement on top of Malham Cove was created over 12,000 years ago, being scraped bare by ice. Since then, slightly acidic rainwater has dissolved the rock away leaving deep cracks (‘grykes’) all across the pavement – being naturally protected from sheep grazing, these cracks are home to a variety of plant life. The pavement is actually a pathway but great care needs to be taken in wet weather as the stone becomes extremely slippery.

If you are coming the short route from Malham village, then you will need to climb the hundreds of steps to the left of Malham Cove, but your effort will be rewarded by magnificent views across the dales. Alternatively you can follow a path across fields from Gordale Scar.

Directions: The Limestone Pavement is on top of Malham Cove (see separate tip) about 0.5 miles (0.8km) from Malham Village – just follow the signs to Malham Cove -- or it can be reached via a circular walk from Malham taking in Janet's Foss and Gordale Scar.
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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.
Janet's Foss
the view down the gorge
The path up
Careful Catherine!
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davidx says:
We go here quite often but I'm afraid I should not be up to the steep walks on Goredale Scar and the Cove any more.
Posted on: Jul 10, 2010
moshers_moll says:
Ahh fond memories, been a few years since I was here :-)
Posted on: Sep 21, 2009

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