The Big Smile UK The Malham March

42. The Malham March

Date: 17/08/2021

Meeting Point: Malham National Park Centre, Chapel Gate, Malham, BD23 4DA

The village of Malham, in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, has long been a popular destination for walkers, and is our starting point today. We cross the Malham Beck and take the riverside path all the way along to Gordale Scar - a limestone ravine containing two waterfalls, and a jewel in the crown of the National Park.

From here, we pick up a path along Stridebut Edge towards the impressive Malham Cove. The Cove is a huge curving amphitheatre-shaped cliff formation of white limestone rock, with a vertical cliff face of about 260 feet, and was once a massive waterfall.

At its heart is a more modest waterfall, and the starting point for the Malham Beck. Formed back in the ice-age, this is a well-known beauty spot and an unmissable landscape feature. We return to Malham from here on a route packed with dramatic scenery. If you enjoy limestone landscapes then this is the stage for you.

Distance:  17.4 km (10.81 miles)

Difficulty Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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