Discover Malham

Malham is a picturesque village at the southern base of the Yorkshire Dales that offers visitors a true taste of rural England. With its stunning limestone scenery, charming stone cottages, and friendly locals, Malham is the perfect destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the countryside.

One of the highlights of Malham is its famous limestone pavement, a unique geological feature that has been formed over millions of years. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll across the pavement and marvel at the intricate patterns and shapes that have been etched into the rock. The village is also home to Malham Cove, a towering cliff face that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and is a popular spot for rock climbing and hiking. Whether you’re an avid outdoor enthusiast or simply looking for a peaceful retreat, Malham is a must-visit destination in North Yorkshire.

Malham Cove

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Malham Cove is a large curved limestone formation. It was formed by a waterfall carrying meltwater from glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age more than 12,000 years ago.

Malham Tarn

Malham Tarn is a glacial lake. It is one of only eight upland alkaline lakes in Europe. At an altitude of 377 metres above sea level it is the highest marl lake in the United Kingdom. The site is managed by the National Trust.

Harry Potter in Malham

Harry Potter at Malham Cove

Malham Cove is an amazing amphitheatre of limestone rock reaching 260 feet high. The top of the cove is a large area of limestone pavement.

In the Warner Brothers film, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter & Hermione Grainger set up camp in a tent on the limestone pavement at the top of Malham Cove. The scenes include views across Malhamdale including Cawden, Malham Village and Kirkby Malham.

Facts About Malham

  1. Malham is a village located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park in North Yorkshire, England.
  2. The village is situated at the head of Malhamdale, a valley in the Pennine Hills.
  3. The Malham Cove limestone pavement is a popular tourist attraction in the area, featuring a large cliff face and unique geological formations.
  4. The village is home to a 12th-century church, St. Michael’s Church, which is a Grade I listed building.
  5. The Malham Tarn is a glacial lake located near the village, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to its unique flora and fauna.
  6. The village is a popular starting point for hikers and walkers, with several trails leading to nearby landmarks such as Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss waterfall.
  7. The area is known for its limestone pavement, which is a unique geological feature formed by the erosion of limestone over millions of years.
  8. The village has a population of around 200 people, with several small businesses catering to tourists and locals alike.
  9. The Malham Show, an annual agricultural show, has been held in the village since 1892 and attracts thousands of visitors each year.
  10. The village has been used as a filming location for several movies and TV shows, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Doctor Who.

Accommodation in Malham

Also see our hotels in Malham page and holiday cottage and self catering options.

Town Head Farm

Malham, BD23 4DJ, United Kingdom

The Threshing Floor at Tennant Barn

Malham, BD23 4DA, United Kingdom

The Hayloft at Tennant Barn

Malham, BD23 4DA, United Kingdom


Malham, BD23 4DD, United Kingdom

The Victoria

Kirkby Malham, Malham, BD23 4BS, United Kingdom

The Lister Arms

The Lister Arms Malham, Malham, BD23 4DB, United Kingdom

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FAQs about Malham

What is Malham known for?

Malham is known for its stunning natural beauty, including Malham Cove, Gordale Scar, and Janet’s Foss waterfall. It is also a popular destination for hiking and outdoor activities.

How do I get to Malham?

Malham is located in North Yorkshire, England. The nearest train station is in Skipton, and from there you can take a bus or taxi to Malham. If you are driving, there is a car park in the village.

What are some popular things to do in Malham?

Some popular activities in Malham include hiking to Malham Cove and Gordale Scar, visiting Janet’s Foss waterfall, exploring the village and its shops and pubs, and taking in the stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales.

Is there accommodation in Malham?

Yes, there are several options for accommodation in Malham, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, and self-catering cottages. It is recommended to book in advance, especially during peak season.

Are there any restrictions or rules for visiting Malham Cove?

Yes, visitors are asked to stay on the designated paths and not climb on the limestone pavement. Dogs must be kept on a leash and visitors are asked to take their litter with them.

Where Next After Malham

Get the train from Gargrave or head to Skipton for shopping and entertainment.

Another option is to head to the nearby Yorkshire Dales National Park, which offers stunning scenery and plenty of opportunities for hiking and outdoor activities. Within the park, visitors can explore the picturesque villages of Grassington and Kettlewell, or take a scenic drive along the Buttertubs Pass.

Another option is to visit the historic city of York, which is just a short drive from Malham. York is known for its impressive medieval architecture, including the iconic York Minster cathedral and the city walls. Visitors can also explore the narrow streets of the Shambles, which are lined with charming shops and cafes, or take a stroll along the River Ouse. With its rich history and vibrant cultural scene, York is a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Yorkshire.

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