Malham is a picturesque small village in Craven in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The surrounding area is renowned for its limestone pavements and other examples of limestone scenery.
The village is on the route of the Pennine Way, and so it is a popular destination for hikers. Malham is also popular with day-trippers. There is a National Park Information Centre and a large car park is provided.
OS grid reference SD 901 630
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Malham Cove is a huge limestone cliff formation in the shape of an amphitheatre. The vertical face of the cliff is about 260 feet high and on top is a large area of limestone pavement.
Gordale Scar, just over a mile from Malham village, is a spectacular sight that has been depicted over the years by many famous artists. Overhanging walls of limestone over 400 feet high form a huge gorge down which plunge the twin falls of Gordale Beck.
Malham Tarn, the second largest lake in Yorkshire, forms part of a nature reserve area owned by the National Trust.
Near Malham Tarn is Tarn House, now used by the Field Studies Council for residential educational courses. It was formerly the home of Walter Morrison, a rich bachelor who numbered Charles Darwin, John Ruskin and Charles Kingsley among this friends.
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