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Malham is a small but popular village in the Yorkshire dales surrounded by limestone dry-stone walls and a stream running through the centre. Its close proximity to the natural sights of Malham Tarn, Gordale Scar & Malham cove makes a great starting point to grab a map for hikes and walks around the varied Yorkshire countryside. From the village, a short 20 minute walk north takes you to the giant limestone formation of Malham Cove, a waterfall dating back to the ice age formed this unique 80 metre cliff face over thousands of years. Ascend the stairs to the top and reach the rugged limestone pavements for one of the best places to view the dales stunning landscape. Walk further north to reach Malham Tarn, England's highest freshwater lake and home to a rare variety of plants and wildlife. If you are lucky, you may spot deer or otters lurking as you walk around the tarn, though be sure to wear sensible footwear as the ground changes from rocky pavements to muddy marshland quickly. Head back south passing the huge cavern and flowing water of Gordale Scar to arrive at the picturesque setting of Janet's Foss, a small but beautiful waterfall and pool nestled in woodland. The secluded and silent space gives a magical and mysterious aura, a nearby tree stump even holds hundreds of pennies left by visitors hoping for some luck. This clockwise loop brings you back to the village, the perfect place to rest your legs and quench your thirst as you sample some of Yorkshire's finest ales in the cosy country pubs. Image Credit Chris Cunliffe
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  • Malham, Skipton BD23 4DB, UK
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