Walks in the Malhamdale area of the Yorkshire Dales

Malham Cove
Malham Cove

Malhamdale is one of the most popular of the Yorkshire Dales and Malham village is often a hive of activity, even in the winter months. In the village itself there is a National Park Information Centre and the Pennine Way passes through the village, which is close to the natural landmarks of Malham Cove, Malham Tarn, Gordale Scar and Janet's Foss. These attractions alone are enough to draw in the crowds but there is much more to enjoy away from the popular paths. One particular draw to Malhamdale is the rich variety of limestone outcrops making the dale and its satellite dales a great place to visit and stay for a short walking break. Apart from Malham other principal villages are Kirkby Malham, Airton and Gargrave.

Interactive map of Yorkshire Dales walks

Walk Miles Description
Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Janet's Foss 4.4 Probably the most popular walk in the Yorkshire Dales for walkers of all abilities including families with children.
Horton in Ribblesdale, Penyghent and Hull Pot 6.1 The classic Penyghent walk from Horton in Ribblesdale which includes a visit to fantastic Hull Pot.
Kettlewell, Old Cote Moor, Arncliffe, Littondale and Hawkswick 6.6 Normally a moderate walk but it was hard on this occasion due to walking in deep snow!
Malham Cove, Malham Tarn and Gordale Scar 7.2 This is without question the most popular of walks in the southern Yorkshire Dales .
Austwick, Thwaite Scars and Moughton Scars 8.5 Simply the best example of Limestone Pavement walking in the Yorkshire Dales.
Settle, Catrigg Force, Victoria Cave and Scaleber Force 9.6 This magical walk visits waterfalls and caves in the centre of limestone country.
Embsay Crag, Rylstone Cross, Cracoe War Memorial, Upper Barden and Embsay Moor 9.6 An interesting walk to Embsay Crag, Rylstone Cross and Cracoe Monument.
Grassington, Conistone, Mossdale Scar, Black Edge and Kimpergill Hill 9.6 A walk from Grassington to two Yorkshire Dales highlights, one a scene of tragedy.
Kettlewell, Buckden Pike & Great Whernside 12.0 A walk from Kettlewell to Buckden Pike, a dales hill with a WW2 memorial and then on to Great Whernside.
Litton, Halton Gill, Cosh Beck, Plover Hill and Penyghent 13.0 An alternative approach to fabulous Penyghent, one of the Yorkshire Dales finest hills.
Valley of Desolation, Simon's Seat, Troller's Gill and the Strid 13.2 A classic walk in lower Wharfedale with many exciting features and a gill of legend.
Bolton Abbey, The Strid, Simon's Seat, Barden Moor and Valley of Desolation 14.0 A lovely river walk along the Strid followed by a walk to the iconic rock formation of Simons Seat.
Kilnsey, Mastiles Lane, Malham Tarn, Cote Moor and Hawkswick 14.2 A winter walk along a drovers road to Malham Tarn then over rolling fells to a hidden waterfall of character.
Three Peaks Walk 25.0 The classic and very popular Yorkshire Dales challenge walk crossing its finest hills.
Skipton via Flasby Fell and Malham to Settle (Linear) 19.0 A walk from Skipton to Settle via Flasby Fell and then up through Gordale Scar, over Malham Cove and along to Attermire Scar.
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