Malham Cove and Tarn

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9:00 am - 5:00 pm



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Malham Cove is a huge curving amphitheatre shaped cliff formation of limestone rock. It was formed by a waterfall carrying meltwater from glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age more than 12,000 years ago

On the top of the cove is a large area of deeply eroded limestone pavement, of a strange pattern rarely seen in England. 

Interesting fact: The intricate limestone pavements may look strangely familiar - they featured in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. Harry & Hermione set up camp on the top of Malham Cove and scenes from the film feature views across Malhamdale and down to Malham Village.

Often known as the highest ‘lake’ in England, Malham Tarn is a haven for many native upland waterfowl. The tarn is at 377 metres (1,237 feet) above sea level and it is a beautiful spot no matter the weather. 

There will be two walking route options- a shorter route for people who wish to spend more time in Malham and a longer walk for those wishing to explore further.  Please note that the length of time to explore Malham will depend on which route option you pick.

We will depart by coach from the Parkinson Steps at 9:00 returning at approximately 17:00. We would like to emphasise the need for good outdoor walking shoes or strong trainers (you don’t mind getting muddy) plus a layer of waterproof clothing.