10/08/2020

Malham Cove walk in the Yorkshire Dales - best family route

 

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



Malham Cove Walk details:

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


I'd say 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 and very accessible 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 Car Parking:


Malham Cove Parking
You can park 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 this superb Malham Cove walk:



Malham Cove via Gordale Scar Walk and Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales
As you walk into Malham Village there are lots of quaint old buildings, a shops & a couple of 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.


The walk was no problem at all for our 2 little monkeys (4+7 at the time of this walk)


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! It emerges from an underground river.


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 - it will take 10 mins or so and is definitely worth it.

Malham Cove via Gordale Scar Walk and Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales
At the top of Malham Cove you'll encounter the unique Limestone pavement - I once dropped my phone down the cracks in one of these so be careful haha


Your kids (or you!) might even recognise the limestone pavement at the top of Malham Cove from the Harry Potter film 'The Deathly Hollows'. Might be a good excuse to get them on the walk.

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





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 to Malham Village we look 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
We finished this walk at the Lister Arms - where we decide to stop for a pint. The food looked great too! 





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




Post by Stuart Hodgson 
'The Hiking Photographer'


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