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Malham Tarn via Gordale Scar

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Malham Tarn via Gordale Scar
Author: Where2Walk, Published: 09 Jul 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Malham Tarn via Gordale Scar Walking Guide star1 Malham Tarn via Gordale Scar Walking Guide star1 Malham Tarn via Gordale Scar Walking Guide star1 Malham Tarn via Gordale Scar Walking Guide star0 Malham Tarn via Gordale Scar Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Malham Tarn via Gordale Scar
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Malham Tarn via Gordale Scar Walking Guide boot Malham Tarn via Gordale Scar Walking Guide boot Malham Tarn via Gordale Scar Walking Guide boot Malham Tarn via Gordale Scar Walking Guide
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A 6.2 mile walk passing through some wonderful limestone scenery as it visits the iconic Yorkshire Dales sites of Janet's Foss, Gordale Scar, Malham Tarn and Malham Cove.

The walk follows a mixture of roads and dale paths. There are several climbs, a few stiles and there are also a couple of short scrambles.

From Skipton take the A65 to Gargrave (4 kms). Turn right and follow the road in to Airton village (4 kms)). Turn left in Airton and follow the road through Kirkby Malham to Malham.
Park in the National Park Car Park which is found just before entering the village. Approximate post code BD23 4DA.

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Walk Sections

Start to edge of Malham
Start to edge of Malham

Start point: 54.0587 lat, -2.154 long
End point: 54.0609 lat, -2.1512 long

From the car park follow the path in to Malham centre. Cross the road bridge between the 2 pubs and carry on past Listers on the road for 200 metres to the edge of the village.

Malham to Janet's Foss
Malham to Janet's Foss

Start point: 54.0609 lat, -2.1512 long
End point: 54.0638 lat, -2.1395 long

Easy road walking (quiet road) for just over 1/2 a mile. On the right hand side is a small sign for Janet's Foss. The waterfall is 50 yards down the path. Return to the road after seeing the waterfall

Janet's Foss to Gordale Scar
Janet's Foss to Gordale Scar

Start point: 54.0638 lat, -2.1395 long
End point: 54.0711 lat, -2.1319 long

Follow the road for a further 50 metres before arriving at a clear path on the left hand side. This leads pleasantly next to a stream for 1/2 a mile before arriving at the imposing form of Gordale Scar. This is a short sharp scramble.
If it is not suitable for you return to where the road meets the path and take the path that heads up the hillside parallel to the one to Gordale Scar. This brings you back to the route 300 metres beyond Gordale Scar.

Beyond Gordale Scar
Beyond Gordale Scar

Start point: 54.0711 lat, -2.1319 long
End point: 54.077 lat, -2.1364 long

Following the scramble up Gordale Scar carry on up the right hand side of the river on a small path. This becomes gradually more defined as it climbs steadily out of the gorge. The alternative route comes in at the head of the gorge.

Heading towards Malham Tarn
Heading towards Malham Tarn

Start point: 54.077 lat, -2.1364 long
End point: 54.0933 lat, -2.1574 long

Simple walking on an obvious path brings you to a stile over a wall and on to a minor road. Follow this to the tarn

Walking along Malham Tarn
Walking along Malham Tarn

Start point: 54.0933 lat, -2.1574 long
End point: 54.0875 lat, -2.163 long

Where the road turns in to a track turn left and walk along another minor road for 200 metres. Pleasant views of attractive and typical Dales scenery

From Malham Tarn heading towards Malham Cove
From Malham Tarn heading towards Malham Cove

Start point: 54.0875 lat, -2.163 long
End point: 54.0735 lat, -2.1553 long

For nearly 2 kilometres the path winds its way through classical limestone scenery. The going is easy and following the route south eventually brings you to a stile and after that a junction in the path. Turn right (west)

Above Malham Cove
Above Malham Cove

Start point: 54.0735 lat, -2.1553 long
End point: 54.0719 lat, -2.1616 long

A short section on the limestone pavement above Malham Cove and made famous by Harry Potter. After dropping down to the head of the cove (on a clear path) the path stops abruptly and then crosses the limestone pavement (some care needed) till a path appears on the far side where the pavement ends.

Down the steps to the foot of the Cave.
Down the steps to the foot of the Cave.

Start point: 54.0719 lat, -2.1616 long
End point: 54.0707 lat, -2.1589 long

The path turns quickly into a long staircase of stone steps which drops steeply to the valley floor and the spectacular setting which is Malham Cove. Climbers may be on the rock face but it is one of the great natural wonders of British walking.

Return to the start at Malham.
Return to the start at Malham.

Start point: 54.0707 lat, -2.1589 long
End point: 54.0649 lat, -2.1587 long

The path heads south alongside a small stream towards the village of Malham which can be clearly seen. From the foot of the cove to the village centre is one kilometre distant and full of interest.
Pubs and tea shops galore are in the village.

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2 comments for "Malham Tarn via Gordale Scar"

Hi, thanks for the details of this walk! Can I make a couple of comments for people in the future might find helpful!?
The first part of the walk, could be more pleasureable if replaced by a walk alongside the stream, bringing you out at Janet's foss! Also, 6.2miles??? I can't think that that's correct, we shortened the walk (by not going anywhere near the tarn) and we still did 12km!!

By sammi2502 on 05 May 2015

We did this walk yesterday and would like to add that it is not a scramble up Gordale Scar, would say that it was meant for experienced walkers on this type of terrain and not good for dogs. The walk was lovely but we had to take the road around Gordale Scar.

By MrsF on 19 Jul 2016

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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