10/08/2020

A superb short Malham Cove walk in the Yorkshire Dales - Choose this route for a good family day out

 

Malham Cove Walk best short parking Yorkshire Dales weather Harry Potter
Malham Cove is a picturesque and unique place that is very accessible and it's easy to see why it's a popular walk



Malham Cove Walk details:

Malham Cove Walk Distance: 2.4 miles (3.8km)
Malham Cove Walk Time: 1.5 hours
Malham Cove Walk Difficulty: Easy


This walk is suitable for kids 4 and over. The path is flat most of the way - the only uphill really is up the path steps to the top of the Malham Cove which take 10 mins.


Malham Cove Walk Map route:

Malham Cove walk map route
[Click to enlarge] This Malham Cove walk starts in Malham Village and heads straight to Malham Cove via the clearly defined path which tracks Malham Beck. You then head up to the top of Malham Cove on the limestone pavement. After admiring the views and having an explore - simply retrace your steps! The google map route below may help you on your way.



Malham Cove Parking:


Malham Cove Parking
We parked on the road just before entering Malham Village - with a relative cheap parking cost of £1 payable into the honesty box! In summer months the local farmer opens up his field near here for extra parking so there is plenty of space even though it's a popular walk.




Photos of what to expect on the best Malham Cove walk:



Malham Cove via Gordale Scar Walk and Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales
As we walk into Malham Village there are lots of quaint old buildings, shops & pubs. The route we take is to the left of this building which is on a quiet road for a few hundred metres before the walk takes the footpath. 


Malham Cove Walk best short parking Yorkshire Dales weather Harry Potter
The footpath towards Malham Cove is quite flat, wide and very accessible.




Malham Cove via Gordale Scar Walk and Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales
Malham Cove is a very picturesque place and popular with walkers of different ages and abilities. 



Malham Cove via Gordale Scar Walk and Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales
You will probably be intrigued to see where Malham Beck comes from - and here it is!


Malham Cove via Gordale Scar Walk and Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales
You might decide to only walk to the base of the cove for accessibility reasons - but if you are mobile - 
 then definitely walk up the path steps to the top of Malham Cove for some stunning views - its not that difficult ;-)

Malham Cove view via Gordale Scar Walk and Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales
Admiring the view on top of the stunning Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales


Malham Cove via Gordale Scar Walk and Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales
Walkin across Malham Cove's famous Limestone pavement


Malham Cove via Gordale Scar Walk and Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales
The view from Malham Cove down towards Malham Village where the walk began, once you have explored the top of Malham Cove - you simply retrace your steps back to Malham Village.


Malham Cove Walk best short parking Yorkshire Dales weather Harry Potter
As we head back we looking back towards Malham Cove and where we once stood right on top of it!



Malham Cove via Gordale Scar Walk and Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales
This walk finished at the Lister Arms - where we decide to stop for a pint. The food looked good too! With the sun out it was tempting to stay for more than one drink - but we need to get back :-) We had a great walk and I will be very tempted to come back with the kids.






I hope this little blog post sheds some light on what is the best Malham Cove walk and for those unfamiliar with the the area it helps you plan your walk to this fantastic place.


Blog post by Stuart Hodgson, 'The Hiking Photographer'


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Stuart Hodgson is an amateur landscape photographer, keen traveller, blogger and outdoors enthusiast. He is also a professional graphic designer, and enjoys linking up with people who share similar interests & passionsYou can view lots of his creative work at www.stuart-hodgson.com

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