Future Walks

 Our next walk is at Malham on Sunday September 15th 2019

One of the most spectacular and most popular villages in the Dales is Malham. With dramatic limestone scenery just a stone’s throw from the village centre, Malham has few equals anywhere in the UK. A gentle stroll of about half an hour from the village will bring you to Malham Cove. The Cove is a massive natural limestone crescent-shaped cliff visible for miles. A stiff climb up the steps beside it brings you to a remarkable area of limestone pavement that has featured in many movies, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Easily accessible by footpath to the east of the village is Gordale Scar, an impressive limestone gorge. For centuries it was rightly regarded as one of the natural wonders of England. Close by is Janet’s Foss, a lovely waterfall said to be home to Janet, Queen of the Fairies.

If you want more of a challenge, then it’s a pleasant, if steep, walk along the Pennine Way up past Malham Cove and through a remarkable natural limestone ‘Dry Valley’ to Malham Tarn, a glacial lake which is now a National Nature Reserve.



Walk information 

‘A’ Party Leader  Sandra Robinson  

Distance  13.5 miles          

Climbing   1800 ft         

Leaving the coach at Airton

 The usual – Janets Foss,   Gordale Scar,  Malham Tarn and Malham Cove.


‘B+’ Party Leaders    Fay Hincliffe and friends 

Distance 11 miles          

Climbing  1700 ft             

Leaving the coach at  Malham

Heading south out of Malham, we pick up a footpath heading due east to the Janet Foss waterfall, then head north to the 400ft deep ravine of Gordale Scar. We shall scramble up the waterfall, weather permitting. If you do not want to climb up the waterfall, Meriel will take a route up the side and we shall all meet up again. A steady climb to the tumulus at Street Gate, then head north west over Back Pasture to pick up the Pennine Way, then south to Malham Tarn. We then pick up the river bed that leads to the limestone pavement above Malham Cove, then descend down the steep steps (about 400) towards Malham for well earned refreshments.


‘B’ Party Leaders    Daphne Fell 

Distance 8 miles           

Climbing 1000 ft           

Leaving the coach at Malham

Pikedaw to Malham via Malham Tarn, Dry Valley and Janets Foss

Leave the National Trust car Park via a walled path to the bottom of Pikedaw. Here we go upwards, on a less defined path, bit difficult underfoot and is very steep in parts, but do able, for about a 1mile/1mile and half but the views are absolutely stunning across Malhamdale and the Aire valley.  We then get to Mooreland where we walk past spoil heaps and covered shafts associated with the former mining in the area . We go though a gate and get onto a reasonable path and we eventually cross a cattle grid at Lansgscar Gate and follow the path across the field. We then can walk to Malham Tarn and take in the view (time permitting). Then we head for the Dry Stone Valley (hoping it is dry!!), here we have to watch our footing but it is well worth it. When we arrive at the bottom we can cross the Lime Stone Pavement and go down the steps to the Cove (shorter route by about 40 mins) or follow the path passing the Limestone pavement, over the hill and down to the road, turn right then left through Janets Foss and along a path back to Malham and refreshments.



‘C’ Party Leaders    Linda & Jackie

Distance  6 miles            

Climbing  500 ft        

 Leaving the coach at Malham

Leaving the coach at Malham we head south passing Aire Head and Stailgill Mill to Hanlith Hall. From here it’s uphill for 100 meters to Hanlith where we pick-up the Pennine Way going north to Mires Barn. Here we follow the river path to Janet’s Foss waterfall and on to the wonderful Gordale Scar and its waterfall. Next it’s back out of the Gorge and back to Malham and well earned refreshments.