Things to Do Near Hipping Hall Malham Cove

Malham Cove towers above the valley floor some 80m 260ft high. This impressive vast curved limestone cliff forms a natural amphitheatre and is one of the most impressive landmarks in the Yorkshire Dales.

Formed thousands of years ago by a large Ice Age river that once flowed down the (now dry) valley above the cove, this impressive site is home to all manner of flora and fauna; including Peregrine Falcons who have nested at the location since 1993. The RSPB set up an observation post each summer to allow visitors to view the birds without disturbing them.

The Cove is also famous for the limestone pavement at its summit, which you may recognise from the Harry Potter Film, The Deathly Hallows. Whilst you need to be extremely careful when negotiating its clints and grikes, a walk across the limestone pavement is not to be missed… Anyone brave enough to visit the edge will be rewarded with a spectacular, not to mention dizzying view down Malhamdale.

We highly recommended that you do the spectacular 7.5 mile circular walk, which will take around 3-4 hours taking in beautiful Malhamdale, the imposing sight of Malham Cove, the quietness of Malham Tarn, the wonder of Goredale Scar, the might of Janet’s Foss waterfall and then back to Malham village for a quiet pint.

A Great Day Out near Kirkby Lonsdale

Key Information

  • A 55-minute, 27-mile drive from Hipping Hall
  • Ideal for couples and families with older children, though please be aware the climb alongside Malham Cove is strenuous. Should you choose to explore the limestone pavement at the summit you do so at your own risk.
  • There are several pubs, tea rooms, cafes and a bistro to try. There’s also the not to be missed Wildman Artisan Butchery and Charcuterie in Kirkby Malham, which produces delicacies such as multi-award-winning Yorkshire Chorizo.

Prices and Booking

Malham Cove


Always available to visit, no charge.


BD23 4DA