The Breathtaking Beauty of Malham Cove: A Journey to the Top

Walking to Malham Cove: A Must-Do Hike in the Yorkshire Dales

Malham Cove is one of Yorkshire’s most iconic landmarks, known for its unique geological formation of limestone cliffs that are a true natural wonder. Located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the cove is a popular destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

So, why am I in Yorkshire? My family all live in Lancashire and as I was visiting we decided to take a short trip across the border. 

My journey to the top of Malham Cove began at the village of Malham, where I parked my car along the road but there is a paid car park near the visitor centre. As soon as I stepped out of the car I saw Pied Wagtails, and Oystercatchers and heard a Curlew.  The path was well-marked as I walked through the local village to the National Trust-marked fields of Malharn Tarn Estate.

Malham Tarn Estate: From Earl of Ribblesdale to National Trust Stewardship

Walking through the Malham Tarn Estate is truly beautiful. Located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this vast estate is home to some of the most beautiful and unspoiled landscapes in the region. The walking trails that wind through the estate offer stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys with grey stone walls.

Malham Tarn Estate has a rich history that dates back to the early 19th century. The estate was originally owned by the Earl of Ribblesdale, and was used for farming and sheep grazing. In the late 19th century, the estate was acquired by the philanthropist F.W. Fowke, who was a keen naturalist and conservationist.

Under Fowke’s ownership, the estate underwent significant changes, including the planting of new trees and the introduction of a variety of wildlife species. Fowke also built several structures on the estate, including a boathouse on Malham Tarn and a summerhouse in the woods.

After Fowke’s death in 1925, the estate was purchased by the National Trust, who have continued to manage the land to this day. The trust has worked to preserve the natural beauty and wildlife of the area.

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As I made my way towards the cove, I was struck by the sheer scale and beauty of the limestone cliffs. The layers of rock that make up the cove are millions of years old, and their unique patterns and textures are a testament to the power of nature. I stopped for a little snack break under the cliff face and watched climbers scale the side and watched Grey wagtails explore the stream.

Scaling New Heights: Climbing the Stairs to the Top of Malham Cove

 

Climbing up the stairs to the top of Malham Cove was a challenging but rewarding experience. The staircase, which consists of over 400 steps, is a steep and strenuous climb, but the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside make it all worthwhile. 

As you ascend the staircase, you’ll be able to see the stunning geological formations of the limestone cliffs up close, with their unique patterns and textures on full display. Once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with rolling hills and green valleys stretching out as far as the eye can see. 

The climb up the stairs to the top of Malham Cove is a must-do for anyone visiting the area, offering a chance to challenge yourself physically while also experiencing the natural beauty of this iconic landmark.

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