Vertical and overhanging, the white wall of Malham Cove rears up in a stupendous cliff for over two hundred feet. Back in the Ice Age the scene would have been even more spectacular with a huge waterfall pouring over the edge, though few primitive men would have stopped to admire the view - they were too busy hunting mammoths. Nowadays the river disappears at Water Sinks and the valley above the Cove is dry but, for lovers of waterfalls, Janet's Foss and Gordale Scar are a must. This walk is a classic and one of Yorkshire's finest, visiting Malham Tarn as well.
LOCATION: South Yorkshire Dales
START: Malham village pay & display car park, toilets.
Grid ref: SD900627 Postcode: BD234DA
DISTANCE: 8.5 (or 4.5) miles
TIME: 4 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - Yorkshire Dales, South & West Or Explorer OL - Forest of Bowland
EN ROUTE: Pennine Way, Trougate, Water Sinks
This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News