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Malham Cove

Malham North Yorkshire

We say

In a region of dramatic superlatives, Malham Cove takes some beating. In a way, if you've never been before, it's a shame to give the game away in advance. Better to let you stroll the mile out from the village and across lush green fields, alongside a babbling stream, until – there it is, a stupendous, curved limestone cliff, almost 300 feet high, formed by a melting glacier which created a vast natural amphitheatre. Peregrine falcons soar above (there's a staffed RSPB viewpoint open most days between April and the end of July), while in any decent weather daredevil climbers inch their way up the impossibly sheer cliff walls – just watching them makes your heart stop. Steep rock-cut steps lead to the top of the cove where a fractured limestone pavement offers the chance for some gleeful rock-hopping and simply amazing views (it's an other-wordly landscape of crazy-paving fissures that turned up to great effect in the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows). For a full day out you can continue from the top of the cove to Malham Tarn and then on to Gordale Scar – a full-on Yorkshire canyon, with more rock-scrambling – before circling back to Malham via the woodland pool of Janet's Foss. The whole walk is around eight miles and takes around four hours, and you can get details and a map from the national park visitor centre in Malham.

You say Average Rating ★★★★★

Great walking destination!! ★★★★★

This famous limstone cove in the Yorkshire Dales, near the town of Malham, presents an imposing cliff as you approach. Walking up and around to the top of the cove not only brings you great views of the surrounding Dales, but you also get to walk across the limstone paving that Harry and Hermione camped on in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Probably not the most comfortable camping spot but a great walking destination!

Malham Cove reviewed by on March 10th, 2015

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  • River
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  • Remote Location
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Always open. RSPB falcon viewpoint usually open April–July Sat–Wed 10.30am–4.30pm.

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