Situated in the southern part of the Yorkshire Dales, Malham is a small village with surrounding areas of natural beauty. It’s a popular spot for walkers thanks to Malham Cove, a limestone dry-stone cliff face featuring unique patterns eroded stone. Once walkers reach the top of the cove, which is approximately 80 metres high, they’ll find a limestone pavement split into fascinating patterns due to ice and water erosion that happened millions of years ago.
There an array of walks to choose from that will lead you to the magnificent cove. If you’re looking for a short easy walk you can start at the Malham National Car Park in the village and walk straight to the cove and back. It will take about half an hour each way, and it’s only a 2 mile walk round trip.
If you’re hoping to see more of the sights of the Yorkshire Dales including Gordale Scar, a huge gorge with a cascading waterfall, then you could consider embarking on a circular walk around Malham’s natural attractions. The distance is 7.6 miles and should take under 3 hours, although it may take more if you’re stopping to appreciate all the stunning views! For more information on directions, visit the Dales Walk website.
After exploring the national park, and climbing over the rock formations at Malham Cove, you’re bound to be craving a drink and some food, which you will be sure to find at The Buck Inn in Malham Village. We spoke to Ashleigh from the team at the Inn to find out more: “Malham is a very popular walking destination. Although it is a small farming village, the sights of Malham Cove, Malham Tarn, Gordale Scar and Janets Foss are well known, with people coming from all around the world to take them in. Plus, there are walks to suit most abilities! Malham is a very dog-friendly village. Our pub particularly welcomes dogs and muddy boots.
“We are a very popular starting/endpoint for walkers and have been featured on several TV programmes about the area. We offer well-kept local real ales, hot drinks, a full menu, excellent Yorkshire hospitality, free parking to the side of the pub, plus free WIFI. We also have a large beer garden to the rear of the pub as well as lots of outdoor seating to the front and side. We’re well known for our pies, particularly our Beef & Ale Pie. This was featured in the Julia Bradbury programme and we still have people coming on her recommendation to this day!”
We also asked Ashleigh why she thinks pub walks are so popular: “I think for a lot of people; a pub walk is a great combination of exertion and a nice reward at the end. It's all part of experiencing the area, sampling a local beer, the hospitality and the food, really gives you a feel for a place”
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