The picture postcard Dales village of Malham has everything you could wish for in a typical Yorkshire Dales village. A babbling river runs through the village under an old stone bridge, there are traditional pubs, historic cottages, quaint shops and a stream-side tearoom.
Just outside Malham is one of Britain’s greatest geological wonders; Malham Cove is the best example of a limestone pavement in Britain. Standing 260 feet high, this is an awe inspiring vertical cliff is set amongst the beautiful Dale’s landscape, bringing climbers, walkers and geologists from all over the world to experience it.
Climb to the top up the Gordale Scar waterfall lying beneath or use the slightly gentler footpath to reach the top, from where the views of North Yorkshire and beyond are breath-taking. Not far from the top is Malham Tarn, a beautiful lake that disappears into the ground through sink holes in the limestone.
Malham is clearly a favourite with those who have adventure close to their hearts. Situated on the route of the famous Pennine Way, Britain’s longest national trail, many walkers pass through Malham on their way from the Peaks to Scotland. The village is also popular with cyclists, being close to the ‘Way of the Roses’ cycle trail.
But of course you don’t have to be ultra-fit to enjoy Malham’s beauty. There are many wonderful short walks to be had from the village, taking in stunning waterfalls, quiet valleys and the typical Dales scenery covered in the famous Yorkshire dry-stone walls.
However you choose to spend your time, there are plenty of fantastic pubs and tea rooms to relax in after your outdoor adventure. To book your perfect Dales break, search for holiday cottages in Malham.