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Malhom Cove is tucked away in a remote part of North Yorkshire. Accessible from a single-track country lane, this National Trust site isn't sign posted or the easiest place to reach. It is, however, brimming with beauty and attractions.

The main attraction of the area is the cove itself; a limestone formation dating back to the last ice age, the sheer curved cliff drop is the remnants of a once fast-flowing waterfall which now casts a shadow over a deep valley and small strea.

British scientist Adam Walker said of the site in 1779: "This beautiful rock is like the age-tinted wall of a prodigious castle."

Other attractions of the site include Janet's Foss, the Limestone Pathway and the nearby lake at Malham Tarn.

Malham Cove Location

Motorists can reach Malham by following the A65 from Skipton to Gargrave. At Malham, they will find paid-for car parks. Between Easter and October, when the area gets busy, the National Trust runs a shuttle service up to Malham Tarn with a satellite-triggered audio tour on board as well as carries several bikes.

Those taking a train can take a ride to Settle – seven miles from Malham – or to Skipton – 19 miles down the road, with links to Carlisle.

There is a bus service from Settle (580/210), which alights at Malham village, about two miles from Malham Tarn and weekend services pass Skipton. Meanwhile, the National Trust runs a shuttle bus to Malham Tarn and Malham village every weekend and bank holiday from Easter to October, which travels between Ilkley, Addingham, Skipton, Settle and Malham Tarn.

Why Visit Malham Cove?

Malham Cove is a beautiful and remote area of the countryside. It has an incredibly varied landscape, allowing for a full day out.

Once visitors have explored the cove, they can enjoy a mild hike to the top of the summit where the limestone footpath lies, eroded beautifully by the acid rain of recent years.

After descending from this peak, which affords fabulous views over the countryside, walkers will arrive at Janet's Foss, where wild garlic grows in abundance during the spring. In this clearing a small waterfall feeds a shallow pool, surrounded by lush greenery.

However, for walkers who are not fans of sheep, this might be a place to miss.


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