The charming village of Malham is located in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park which offers ramblers and outdoor lovers a range of routes to explore, from gentle walks to longer ascents. A leisurely half-hour walk out of the village will lead to Malham Cove. You can see this crescent-shaped, natural limestone cliff for miles and climb the 400 steps to the top of the Cove to see the stunning limestone pavement, which has even featured in the Harry Potter movie, The Deathly Hallows.
If you’re walking to the cove, incorporate the stunning Gordale Scar into your route. Over the years, ice ages have carved this deep gorge, producing a mesmerising natural feature.
Take a walk to the National Trust-owned waterfall of Janet’s Foss. There’s a little story behind this enchanting woodland setting. Folklore has it that the queen of the fairies herself once lived behind the waterfall in a small cave.
Join the Pennine Way for the chance to hike to Malham Tarn. These moorland uplands are home to England’s highest lime-rich lake.
The town of Skipton is not far away. Skipton Castle withstood a three-year siege during the Civil War, and the castle’s gatehouse is more than 900 years old.
Visit Skipton Town Hall and learn about the history of the southern part of the Dales, Craven, at the Craven Museum and Gallery. The exhibitions change regularly, so there’s often something new to see.
Explore a little further and take on the Pennines, with a climb up Pen-Y-Ghent or walk the famous Pennine Way, for true vista points of the impressive Yorkshire Dales.