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.